LIGONIER – Seniors from East Noble High School who are planning a degree in vocal performance, musical theater, or a music major are eligible to apply for the Talia Joy Smith Performing Arts Scholarship, a $2,000 award.
The scholarship is offered at the Noble County Community Foundation. The deadline for submitting an online application is January 12, 2022.
The Talia Scholarship is for an East Noble Senior High School graduate or former graduate of ENHS who is pursuing a four-year degree in performing arts in vocal performance or musical theater or pursuing a four-year degree majoring in music education in the fall of 2022.
For a new or current NYU student in a musical theater program, only an applicant from NYU who submits transcripts from an Indiana high school will be considered; or a four-year degree in Performing Arts majoring in either Voice Performance or Musical Theater in the fall of 2022.
An ENHS student or graduate must have participated in choir performances and/or theater for at least two years during high school.
All applicants must have a cumulative high school (or college) grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
Preference will be given to persons who graduated in 2022 from East Noble High School, East Noble High School graduate or New York University student, in that order. If the applicant is a current undergraduate student, they must have at least one more year of study to be eligible.
This scholarship is for study only. Applicants must also write an essay on “How you will persevere in the inevitable challenges of your career in the performing arts.”
To apply, follow these steps:
• Visit the Noble County Community Foundation website: cfnoble.org/scholarships
• Create an account and take the eligibility test to match scholarships.
• Complete the 2022 CFNC main application and applications for any other scholarship
• For questions or assistance, contact Jennifer Schultz at Jennifer@cfnoble.org or call 260-894-3335.
The Talia Joy Smith Performing Arts Scholarship Fund was set up by her parents, Brad and Mary Smith, in February 2011. This scholarship fund was created to help graduating East Noble High School graduates annually to pursue their education in musical theater and/or vocal performance and realize their dreams forever.
Talia Smith was only 20 years old when her life was tragically affected when she was hit by a car while riding her bike on a beautiful summer’s day on August 18, 2010.
This scholarship was created to continue the legacy of Talia, who unfortunately will never fulfill her life dream as a Broadway performer. Born on April 30, 1990, Talia graduated from East Noble High School in 2008 with honors as one of the top 10 in her class.
While in high school, Talia was a member of the East Noble Show Choir and was a solo champion in multiple competitions, most notably with victories at DeKalb, Belmont, Marion, Carroll, and Center Grove.
Talia was also a guest star in East Noble, receiving the roles of Sharpay in “High School Musical”, Erin Molloy in “Hello Dolly”, Jasmine in “Aladdin”, and everyone’s favorite role, Cosette in “Les Miserables”. As Talia, Cosette said, “It’s too early to say goodbye.”
Talia was a student at New York University, majoring in musical theater and vocal performance at the Steinhardt School of Culture and Education. She earned Dean’s List honors each semester at New York University.
Another very important part of Talia’s life, and perhaps the most important, is her faith. Totally true. Talia read her Bible honestly. She shared God’s love for her with those around her. The perseverance her parents talk about and trying to live on comes from James 1:2-4.
The Talia Joy Smith Performing Arts Scholarship was created by her parents to give other young people the opportunity to pursue dreams as their daughter did. Talia’s parents want her legacy to continue and they want everyone who follows in her footsteps to always consider Talia to inspire confidence, hope, and determination to be all they ever dreamed of.