basie awards 2019PHOTO: Scene during 2019 Basie Awards presentation

RED BANK – The Count Basie Center for the Arts has announced the availability of its annual Arts Impact scholarships available to Monmouth County high school seniors graduating in 2020.

The Basie will proudly offer three scholarships: the Moser Taboada Arts Impact Scholarship, the Monmouth County Freeholders Basie Scholarship for Continuing Education and the Amy Giinther Fredericks Music Education Scholarship. The Monmouth County Freeholders’ scholarship will be awarded to a student attending a New Jersey-based college in the fall. Each will provide a recipient a scholarship towards their freshman year of higher education.

Also available is the Bank of America Power of the Arts Award, which awards $2,500 to a graduating senior who best demonstrates the impact of the arts on their life.

Students may apply for each scholarship by visiting, populating the application form and creating an official entry packet, consisting of an essay, resume and two personal recommendations. The thesis of the essay and spirit of the Basie’s Arts Impact Scholarship program is “The Impact of The Arts in My Life.” Applicants may submit their entire packet via this link, or print the application form for submission via U.S. mail. Deadline for this year’s applications is 4pm on Friday, March 23, 2020. Recipients will be announced onstage at the 14th annual Basie Awards on Wednesday, May 20, 2019. The Basie Awards, sponsored by Bank of America, recognize excellence in Monmouth County high school theatre.

“We’re proud and excited to continue our support of the Basie Awards and present the Bank of America Power of the Arts Award. The Basie Awards celebrate the power and importance of arts education for students in our local community,” said Alberto Garofalo, New Jersey President, Bank of America.

“We’re grateful to Bank Of America, Moser-Toboada, and the Monmouth County Freeholders for funding this year’s series of scholarships and awards,” said Yvonne Lamb-Scudiery, Vice President, Education, Count Basie Center for the Arts. “We know that the arts play a significant role in the development of all minds – from actual artists to the scientists or doctors of tomorrow. These awards seek to recognize those who have experienced for themselves the engaging power of the arts.”


The Count Basie Center for the Arts has also announced a record 30 high school spring productions which will be evaluated as part of the year’s Basie Awards:

Christian Brothers Academy: Footloose

Communications High School (Wall): The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Colts Neck High School: The Addams Family

Collier High School: Man of La Mancha

Freehold Borough High School: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Freehold Township High School: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

Henry Hudson High School: Little Shop Of Horrors

High Technology High School (Lincroft): Freaky Friday

Holmdel High School: Into The Woods

Howell High School: Bring It On

Keansburg High School: Freaky Friday

Long Branch High School: Les Miserables

Manalapan High School: Mamma Mia

Marlboro High School: James and the Giant Peach

Matawan Regional High School: Big Fish

Mater Dei Prep: Newsies

Middletown High School North: Chicago

Middletown High School South: Mamma Mia

Monmouth Regional High School: Mamma Mia

Neptune High School: Little Shop Of Horrors

Ocean Township High School: Chicago

Ranney School: Little Shop Of Horrors

Raritan High School: Mamma Mia

Red Bank Catholic High School: Legally Blonde

Red Bank Regional High School: Beauty and the Beast

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School: Footloose

St. John Vianney High School: Bye Bye Birdie

St. Rose High School: Into The Woods

Trinity Hall: Sister Act

Wall High School: Beauty and the Beast

For more information about the Basie’s Arts Impact Scholarships, contact Jonathan Vena at [email protected] / 732-224-8778 x 107

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