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Audition for an Opportunity of a Lifetime

Audition for an Opportunity of a Lifetime
A local scholarship program celebrates a century of helping young women and giving local talent a chance to survive in the big league. Keep reading to learn more.
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It all began in 1911. A group of young women realized that the Cincinnati schools for art, drama and music were a big attraction for individuals out of town, which left them needing a home away from home. This group began the Three Arts Club. With a mission to make available financial aid, scholarships, grants and loans, the housing idea turned into a scholarship idea as they sold the housing where the out-of-town were living.

 

Placing the money into several bank accounts, the money increased by accumulating interest. To this day, the interest is what awards the women in their successes. This year commemorates a giant milestone for the Three Arts Scholarship Fund as it celebrates 100 years of lending a helping hand to young women to achieve a career in their chosen art.

 

The winners of 2011 celebrated their accomplishments at the annual luncheon on April 30 where six chosen recipients displayed their talent in a room full of board members, donors and past recipients. "This year we have quite a high number of winners because the talent we saw was so phenomenal," Music Chair of the Three Arts Scholarship, Lauren Piccirillo says.

 

The applications were sent out in January and returned by February prior to the auditions that took place in March. However, not everyone can apply for this scholarship. One has to be a current junior or senior woman in college who is looking to make a career in the visual, musical, or dramatic arts. “About 20 applicants from each department are selected and invited to audition,” Piccirillo says.

 

Those who have been granted the money have already been judged on their talent during the auditions. All three auditions took place simultaneously in three different locations across town — The Cincinnati’s Women’s Club, The Shriner’s Club on Taft and a local church in Clifton. Each individual completed a written statement describing their desire to achieve a career in their chosen art, their plans for the future and their financial need. “The financial aid is to help propel them into life as well as any expenses needed for their instruments, materials, or supplies,” Piccirillo says.

 

While the most talented auditions are noted, the women are then judged on their character, financial need and recommendations. "We're looking for a well-rounded, great person who is a leader, has a lot of talent and also needs the financial aid,” Piccirillo says. Specifically based off of those criteria, the scholarships, ranging from as little as $200 to as much as $3,000, are awarded appropriately.

 

They were able to award about 25 women with scholarships this year and as a scholarship recipient herself in 2003, Piccirillo says that it’s been very thrilling to be on the other side of the table as Music Chair and award the scholarships to women. “I remember like it was yesterday how exciting it was to be chosen for this,” Piccirillo says.

 

She is not the only one who is still in touch with the board members of the Three Arts Scholarship. Many of the scholarship recipients, including those who have made a big name of their self, stay in contact with the committee, update the board on their success and continue to donate to the fund that lended them a helping hand in making a career out of their passion.

 

“We are blessed by an endowment that’s been provided by our founders,” Piccirillo says. “The extent of our awards is pretty dependent on the generosity of our members and donors. It’s the contribution that really provides our support.”

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS

Courtesy of Three Arts Scholarship Fund, Inc.

 

 



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