Dallas – For the fifth consecutive year, the law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to award $20,000 in academic scholarships to senior students of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (“BTW”). Four individual scholarships in the amount of $5,000 were awarded to graduating seniors from each of the school’s academic clusters of Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.
“We are committed to fostering the development of our community through education and the promotion of the arts,” said Scott P. Stolley, Chair of the Thompson & Knight Foundation. “We began this initiative in 2009 when the Firm moved into our offices at One Arts Plaza across from the nationally renowned, 900-student Arts Magnet high school. We are proud to support both BTW and the accomplished recipients of these scholarships.”
Through its Foundation, the Firm has now contributed $100,000 to support the academic careers of two dozen Arts Magnet students. Scholarship recipients are nominated by faculty and selected by a committee comprised of representatives from Thompson & Knight and the BTW Advisory Board Directors. This year’s scholarship recipients are Nicholas Mayfield, Jordan “Max” Owen, Haley Parsa, and My’Kal Stromile.
This summer, Mayfield is writing and adapting an all-bug version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Scholars, a Catholic summer camp. He will also perform Comedy of Errors with Junior Players and Shakespeare Dallas. In the fall he will attend Pace University to pursue a B.A. in Acting, studying with the university’s International Performance Ensemble. Upon graduation, Owen traveled to New York City with his fellow BTW choir graduates. He will attend Louisiana State University to pursue a Vocal Performance Degree. Parsa, BTW’s Class of 2014 Valedictorian, will attend The University of Texas at Austin to study painting, drawing, and trans-media in the university’s studio art program. She also intends to obtain a business certificate. Stromile will attend the prestigious Juilliard School in New York this fall to study dance. He is among only 12 men who are accepted annually from around the world. Also, he was selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts – one of just 20 recipients across the country – which led him to perform on June 23 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
In addition to the scholarships, Thompson & Knight Partner Greg W. Curry is currently serving a three-year term on the Advisory Board for the school. His commitment continues a longstanding tradition of the Firm’s attorneys serving in leadership positions for various civic and cultural organizations in the Dallas area.