The Bright Scholarship for Music or Science is intended for students in Hampshire and Morgan counties currently enrolled in grades nine-12. The scholarship is administered by the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation (EWVCF), with an estimated value of $1,000.
Our children are all school teachers and the scholarships honor the gifts and enormous dedication they bring to their craft. Deborah Bright teaches English at the Community School of Naples, Fla. Leslie Bright teaches computer science at Newington High School, Conn., while Christopher Bright teaches chemistry at Peddie School, N.J. They are also good musicians.
The idea of the scholarship is to afford “hands-on” experience in classical musical performance or scientific inquiry.
An instrumentalist might study with an esteemed music teacher to improve technique and interpretation, or attend an outstanding music camp. Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va. for example, offers high quality instruction for which the scholarship could provide tuition assistance.
A student with an aptitude for science might consider a summer science camp such as that offered by the Astronomy Institute at Alfred University in New York, where big telescopes provide a “hands-on” appreciation of the universe. Or a summer internship at NASA Goddard in Maryland could be considered. Alternatively, a local institute or laboratory would be a possibility.
Interested students at Paw Paw, Hampshire and Berkeley Springs High Schools should consult their school counselors and ask for a 2012 application form for the Bright Scholarship, which must be postmarked by April 1.
Additional information is available from Amy Pancake at EWVCF 304-822-7200.
Harold and Jan Bright