2011-03-06 / News

Scholarships for ‘Young Americans’

BY JEANNE MARCELLO STAFF REPORTER

MONTROSE - According to Hill-McCloy High School English teacher Sarah Alguire, the Young Americans workshop will be returning to Montrose, March 13-15. The three-day workshops cost $47 for each student participating in the program, which educates them in music, dance, performance and teaching.

At the conclusion of the workshop, the students present a two-hour concert, which is open to the public (adults - $8/students - $5).

Alguire said students will be selected for the Young Americans program based on the essays they write about why they want to be selected. Knowing that not all students who would be selected will be able to afford the $47 participation fee, Alguire asked the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education for help. She specifically asked if they would consider utilizing money from the old pop fund to provide scholarships for students who could not afford to attend the workshop.

Superintendent Mark Kleinhans commented that he has heard great things from parents who talked about the “absolutely powerful” transformation/influence the program had on their students. It had been described as a “blossoming.”

Alguire agreed saying, “It really was amazing.”

The Montrose School Board agreed to allocate $1,410 for 30 scholarships that would be provided for kids who could not otherwise afford to attend. Students who need scholarships will write essays explaining why they should be selected to receive a scholarship. Students whose families can afford to pay for the program are encouraged to do so.

Kleinhans told the board that it was really rare that the Young Americans returned to a district, but since former Choice School Director/Middle School Assistant Principal Terry Bigelow had been among the first students to participate in the Young Americans program back in the 1960s, he feels Montrose had an edge.

Contact the Kuehn-Haven Middle School office at (810) 591-8834, for student signup and ticket information.

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