Students in the music department at Quincy High School have a chance to advance their education through a new scholarship in honor of long-time music educator Kathi Dooley.
The $25,000 scholarship, funded by former student Ryan Tanner and other donors, is being issued through the QPS Foundation to help students in the music department.
Tanner is a former student of Dooley’s, who contributed to the fund so Dooley can help students reach their dreams, as she did for him.
Dooley said she wants all students to have a chance to participate in out-of-town theatrical and musical camps, which have become expensive.
“The fund is designed to help students who may need the financial assistance with participating in fine arts activities and also to make sure that they have a safe area within the music department so they can advance and reach their best potential,” said QPS Foundation Executive Director Kent Embree.
“For many students, without some kind of assistance, it’s almost impossible for them to attend the camps, but the camps are really critical. They have them in many areas, whether it’s instrumental music, theatrical arts, drama, there’s just lots and lots of opportunities,” said Kathi Dooley.
Dooley said they don’t have all the details worked out yet, but recipients will be chosen by a committee in the music department.
Officials with the foundation said they hope to give out one $500 scholarship using the funds, by the end of this year.