Dallas – For the seventh consecutive year, the Thompson & Knight Foundation has awarded $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, each in the amount of $5,000, were awarded to graduating seniors from each of the school’s clusters – Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.
“The Arts Magnet scholarships further our goal of consistently making a positive impact on the communities we serve and fostering the development of our community through education and the promotion of arts and culture,” said Sharon M. Fountain, Chair of the Thompson & Knight Foundation.
This year’s scholarship recipients are Vivien Behrens, Jared Brown, Clayton Montgomery, and Jeremiah Tyson. Scholarship recipients are nominated by faculty and selected by a committee comprised of representatives from Thompson & Knight and the BTW Advisory Board Directors.
Vivien Behrens is a 2015 and 2016 finalist in the Young Master’s art exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art. Her artwork has been featured in One Arts Plaza, Patron Magazine, Dallas City Hall, Dallas Love Field Airport, El Centro College, and on Dallas Area Rapid Transit buses. She will attend The University of Texas at Austin in the fall as a member of the Liberal Arts Honors program, and will pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Jared Brown is a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, 2016 YoungArts finalist in Modern Dance, 2016 Honorable Mention in Choreography, a 2014 Texas Young Master in Modern Dance, and the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Student Choreography Award from the National High School Dance Festival. This summer, his plans include, putting on a production directed by Debbie Allen as a salute to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Washington, D.C.; attending the School at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts; taking part in a music video shoot in Los Angeles; and dancing in Dallas-based performances in August. In the fall, Brown will attend The Juilliard School on a full tuition scholarship for four years to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.
This summer, Clayton Montgomery will be a part of a new play reading written by a Dallas playwright and is staying involved with local theatres. He will attend Southern Methodist University in the fall to study acting.
Jeremiah Tyson, an aspiring operatic tenor, is a four-year Texas Music Educators Association Allstate Member and has performed in four operas as part of the BTW’s Opera Workshop. He will train this summer at The Land of Enchantment Opera Institute, a five-week vocal intensive that includes recital work, operatic scenes, and daily voice lessons and coaching. This fall, he will attend Louisiana State University to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts.