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Three NHS grads awarded Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre Scholarships

Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre awarded scholarship grants totaling $4,000 to three recent graduates of Neshaminy High School who are planning to study the performing arts in college this fall.

The three recipients from the Class of 2018, all residents of Langhorne, are Jarod Mellus, Mae Prasch, and Joseph Stanford.

“NVMT’s scholarship grant program has been one of the most positive and rewarding forces behind the success of our theatre group for more than a half century,” stated Tom Urquhart, president of the organization. “While we strive for excellence in our stage productions, it is always with the objective of providing funds for our scholarship grants in order to support deserving young people such as these in their quest to achieve their dreams. We’ve been most proud of our recipients and truly happy to have been able to help them!”

The NVMT scholarships were announced at Neshaminy’s Class of 2018 senior awards night held on May 31.

Jarod Mellus received support from NVMT through both the Joseph J. McGlade Scholarship Fund and the George W. Kinsley IV Scholarship Fund for Students of the Woodwind Instruments.

He has served as section leader and president of the Neshaminy High School Marching Band, played with the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association district and regional bands and orchestras, and has performed with the Pennsylvania All-State Band.

Additionally, he has been selected for membership in the Bucks County Educators Association, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County.

With a strong affinity for musical theatre, Jarod plans to pursue a degree in Drexel University’s unique Music Industry program with a focus on music technology.

Mae Prasch’s scholarship is supported through NVMT’s Dotti Gelenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund.

She will be majoring in Music Education at West Chester University, pursing a lifelong passion for music.

A member of the Neshaminy High School Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble, Mae has served as a section leader for the Marching Band.

She is an active volunteer of her church and has participated in a dual enrollment program taking college level courses at Bucks County Community College while completing her high school studies.

Joseph Stanford received support from NVMT through both the Evelyn McLean Memorial Scholarship Fund and the George W. Kinsley IV Memorial Fund for Students of the Woodwind Instruments.

He will be majoring in Music Education at Youngstown State University with a strong belief in the benefits of arts education for young people.

Joseph has been a four-year member of the Neshaminy High School Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band, serving as section leader for the Marching and Jazz bands and first chair for the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band.

He has performed with the county, district and regional bands, as well as with the Pennsylvania Music Educators All-State Jazz Band and All-State Wind Ensemble.

NVMT is a nonprofit scholarship organization offering competitive grants since its founding in 1956 to students graduating from the Neshaminy School District and planning to study the fine and performing arts in college.

The organization mounts an annual musical, the proceeds from which go into a scholarship fund. Generous donors have also contributed to build the fund.

To date NVMT has awarded over $150,000 in scholarships.

NVMT is the recipient of three International Music and Entertainment Association Awards with nine nominations this current year.

The company will announce it 2019 production later this summer, which will be performed in the spring.

All the participants on stage and behind the scenes are volunteers.

The application process for 2019 scholarships, open to graduating seniors of Neshaminy High School, will open next spring.

For more information on Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre and its scholarship program, visit nvmt.org, or e-mail nvmt@verizon.net or call 267-733-8876.

PHOTO CAPS: 1. Jarod Mellus

  1. Mae Prasch

3. Joseph Stanford