The Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to 15 U.S. colleges and universities for disbursement to students excelling in the areas of music, theatre, dance, fashion design and the creative arts in the 2009-2010 academic year. The scholarship recipients are:
- Bard College Music Department
- California State University, Sacramento Department of Music
- Columbia College Chicago
- Columbia University School of the Arts, Theatre Arts Division
- Columbus College of Art & Design
- Manhattan School of Music
- Northern Illinois University Department of Music
- The Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University
- University of Missouri
- University at Buffalo, SUNY
- University of Nevada Las Vegas
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Music
- University of Oregon School of Music and Dance
- University of Rochester Eastman School of Music
- Viterbo University Music Department
“Liberace considered his Foundation one of his greatest achievements during his 47 years of performing for millions around the world, and our new Liberace Scholars are presented this opportunity to help them pursue their own talent and artistry,” said Jack Rappaport, Liberace Foundation Board Chair.
Since its inception in 1976, the Liberace Foundation has awarded in excess of $5.7 million in scholarships and touched the lives of more than 2,700 students at over 120 colleges and universities. Annually, universities, colleges and arts organizations who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the areas of music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts are encouraged to apply for a Liberace Foundation Scholarship. The monies are then awarded by the institutions to students who are deemed “Liberace Scholars” for the academic year.
Liberace, born Walter Valentino Liberace in West Allis, Wis., received a scholarship arranged by renowned Polish pianist Paderewski at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. At age 20, he debuted with the Chicago Symphony under the direction of Frederick Stock. In his 1977 book entitled “The Things I Love,” Liberace wrote, “a lot of good things have happened to me in show business, and I want to do what I can to give others just starting out a career boost. I hope The Foundation projects will continue into the future to offer gifted newcomers financial help, and in many cases, artistic exposure as well.”
The Liberace Foundation is supported by private donations from individuals, corporations, individual Liberace fans, fan clubs, and admirers globally. The glittering Liberace Museum, which commemorated its 30th anniversary on April 15, is also a significant funding source for the Foundation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. For more information and to become a supporter of the Liberace Foundation, call (702) 798-5595 ext. 16, or visit the website, www.Liberace.org.