Of the 20 national recipients, the American Theatre Wing awarded three Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative Training Scholarships to Cobb County School District (CCSD) students. The CCSD students, who study at the Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School (CCCEPA), include sophomore Julia Schick and juniors Eugene Bois and Sydney Lopes.
“Each person on this list is a shining example of why this kind of investment is so vital to the continuation of the art form,” said Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Public middle and high school students who demonstrated talent and ability in the theater arts, but lack resources to receive high-level training prior to college, were eligible to apply for the Training Scholarships.
The CCCEPA scholarship winners used their scholarships to participate in different summer training programs. Eugene used his scholarship to attend the International Summer Dance Program at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Sydney’s scholarship went toward the five-week Summer Performance Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and Julia sharpened her theatre skills during the five-week Panorama Program at The Performing Arts Project at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
“Eugene, Sydney, and Julia are exemplary representatives of the performing arts magnet program and the Cobb County Schools,” said Frank Timmerman, CCCEPA director of performing arts. “They display a disciplined work ethic in their study of the arts at Pebblebrook and are most deserving of this recognition. All of their teachers were thrilled to learn that they’d been selected to receive the ALW Scholarship. It’s a real source of pride for our school, and another validation of the quality of the arts education our students are lucky to receive here in Cobb.”
As Andrew Lloyd Webber scholarship winners, the CCCEPA students continue their school’s tradition of producing star performers. A dozen CCCEPA graduates are currently performing in shows on Broadway and around the world. Read about the graduates’ success here.