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Excellence in AP Arts and Music Theory Award Scholarship Program

The O’Donnell Foundation is pleased to sponsor the annual Excellence in AP Arts and Music Theory Award Scholarship to recognize four outstanding high school seniors who have participated or are currently participating in the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Arts and Music Theory Incentive Program™ in the following high schools: Berkner, Booker T. Washington HSPVA, Coppell, Creekview, Lake Highlands, Lovejoy, McKinney Boyd, Newman Smith, Pearce, Plano East Senior, Plano Senior High, Plano West Senior High, and Richardson.

Each scholarship awarded will be in an amount up to $20,000 to be paid in four annual increments subject to renewal criteria.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to these exemplary seniors, so they can attend and graduate from the colleges of their choice in four years.  It is also hoped that the scholarship will encourage other promising AP arts and music theory students to pursue excellence academically, personally and professionally. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. The applicant must be a Texas resident and a U.S. citizen.
  2. The applicant must be a full time high school senior enrolled in or received credit for, at least, one AP Arts and/or Music Theory course in the O’Donnell Foundation AP Fine Arts Incentive Program.  These courses may include one or more of the following: AP Drawing Portfolio, AP 2D Design Portfolio, AP 3D Design Portfolio, AP Art History, or AP Music Theory.  
  3. The applicant must maintain or have maintained a 90 or higher average in, at least, one AP Arts and/or Music Theory course in the O’Donnell Foundation AP Fine Arts Incentive Program.
  4. The applicant must have completed a minimum of four additional AP classes.
  5. The applicant must have a GPA of 3.6 or above and a minimum SAT of 1900 or ACT of 28.
  6. The applicant must not have already received a full scholarship to the school they plan to attend. Those applicants who have a full scholarship to the school they wish to attend are ineligible for this scholarship.

Visit the Communities Foundation of Texas website in September 2014 to download the 2015 Excellence in AP Arts and Music Theory Scholarship Award application. 


2014 Excellence in AP Arts and Music Theory Award Scholarship Winners

  

View the photo album of the O'Donnell Foundation EIA awards scholarship reception on April 8, 2014.
(Photo Album) 

Visit AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube channel to view videos of the 2014 EIA Awards Scholarship Ceremony at http://www.youtube.com/user/APStrategiesFineArts.

View video of guest speaker, Nicole Small, Lyda Hill Foundation, President; Former CEO of Perot Museum of Nature and Science on AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube Channel. Click here to download remarks.



Amber Chen


J.J. Pearce High School

Future Plans: She plan to major in biomedical engineering and minor in chemistry.

Amber's AP Art History teacher, Kenneth Fulton wrote, "
Amber has demonstrated outstanding leadership and maintained a clear sense of purpose.  She is an outstanding speaker, a natural leader and creative problem solver."

View Amber's scholarship award acceptance speech on April 8, 2014 on 
AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube Channel. 


 


John Henk


McKinney Boyd High School

Future Plans: He plans to major in international relations and minor in Spanish at Yale University.

John's AP Art History teacher, Miriam Christman wrote, “John has demonstrated a love of learning and a level of commitment necessary to succeed in college and beyond. I quickly recognized him as being one of my most intelligent, confident, and analytical students."

View John's scholarship award acceptance speech on April 8, 2014 on AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube Channel. 


 


Samuel Huang


Plano East Senior High School

Future Plans: He plans to major in in economics and history at Harvard University.

Samuel's AP Music Theory teacher and Academic Decathlon Coach, Brandon Pedigo wrote, “Samuel has a strong desire for success. His success does not come at the expense of others, but he is very competitive. His motivation and drive are internal. He works hard to achieve more than others, to set goals higher that others, to reach levels that many don’t even think about.

View Samuel's scholarship award acceptance speech on April 8, 2014 on AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube Channel.


 


Raahil Sha


McKinney Boyd High School 

Future Plans: He plans to major in computer science and biology at Harvard University.

Raahil's AP Art History teacher, Miriam Christman wrote, “I quickly recognized Raahil as being of the most intellectual, analytical, and innovative students I have every taught. Time after time, he has impressed me with his enthusiasm, creativity, and energy he brought to class. I am fully convinced that his educational drive and passion will lead him to great success.”

View Raahil's scholarship award acceptance speech on April 8, 2014 on
AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube Channel.

2013 Excellence in AP Arts and Music Theory Award Scholarship Winners

  

View the photo album of the O'Donnell Foundation EIA awards scholarship reception on April 16, 2013.
(Photo Album) 

Visit AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube channel to view videos of the 2013 EIA Awards Scholarship Ceremony at http://www.youtube.com/user/APStrategiesFineArts.

View video of guest speaker, Amy Lewis Hofland, Director, The Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art 


Kate Begland


Coppell High School

Future Plans: She plans to major in physics at Princeton University. Kate hopes to take as many music courses as possible.

Kate's AP Music Theory teacher and band director, Brandon Slovak, who has taught her since middle school when she started playing the tenor trombone, writes that Kate has "demonstrated outstanding responsibility and maintained a clear sense of purpose throughout her high school years."

View Kate's scholarship award acceptance speech on April 16, 2013 on 
AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube Channel.


 


Kathleen Francis


J. J. Pearce High School

Future Plans: She plans to major in engineering and minor in Spanish at Rice University.

Her AP Studio Art teacher, Rebecca Keeton, wrote, “Kathleen plans to major in engineering and the creative thinking skills she has learned from art will play a very important part in whatever career she chooses."

View Kathleen's scholarship award acceptance speech on April 16, 2013 on AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube Channel. 


 


Samantha Guu


Creekview High School

Future Plans: She plans to major in in electrical engineering and applied math at University of Texas as Austin.

Brian Murray, her AP Music Theory teacher wrote, “As a violinist, Samantha has successfully auditioned and placed in the intensely competitive TMEA All-State Orchestra every year. Rarely, if ever, does a student reach this level of acheivement for one occasion, much less four.”

View Samatha's scholarship award acceptance speech on April 16, 2013 on AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube Channel.


 

Emily Tang 

Plano West Senior High School 

Future Plans:She plans to major in computer engineering and computer science with a minor in music and linguistics at MIT.

Her AP Music Theory teacher, Cathy Koziatek wrote, “Emily is by far one of the brightest and most accomplished students I have every encountered in my 13 years of teaching. She has the perfect balance between right and left brain thinking.”


View Emily's scholarship award acceptance speech on April 16, 2013 on
AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube Channel.

 



2012 Excellence in AP Arts and Music Theory Award Scholarship Winners

View the photo album of the O'Donnell Foundation EIA Awards Scholarship Reception on April 17, 2012.

Visit AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube channel to view videos of the EIA Awards Scholarship Ceremony at

View video of guest speaker, Dr. Dennis Kratz, Dean of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas

 

Haley Beck


Coppell High School

Future Plans: Princeton University with plans to major in biochemistry with a minor in art history

Monica Winters, Haley’s AP Art History teacher wrote, “Haley is a student of the highest caliber; indeed, she ranks at the top of my list of most-accomplished students in my 20-plus year teaching career. She is not only a high achieving student – as can be documented by her transcript – but a generous and humble young woman who seeks knowledge for its intrinsic value. Not only does she seek knowledge; she finds ways to use it across disciplines, as she has with art.” 

View Haley's scholarship award acceptance speech on April 17, 2012 on 
AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube Channel


 


Camille Brewer


Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Future Plans: At this time Camille is deciding between the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She plans to major in chemical engineering with a minor in graphic design.

Her AP Art History and Studio Art teacher, Charlotte Chambliss wrote, “Camille is currently ranked number one in the senior class of 198, which is commendable in light of the caliber and character of our current top ten seniors. She has consistently worked hard, does not exhibit tendencies of being overly competitive or concerned about her placement, and is just an incredibly intelligent individual. She is curious and observant and is a seeker of knowledge – a lifelong learner to be sure."

View Camille's scholarship award acceptance speech on April 17, 2012 on
AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube Channel 


 


Amy Chyao


Plano East Senior High School

Future Plans: Harvard College with plans to major in chemistry with a minor in music

Brandon Pedigo, her AP Music Theory teacher wrote, “Amy is very well-rounded, and many people do not even know her for her musical accomplishments. Due to her performance in the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee, tying for eighth place, she was invited to the White House by First Lady Laura Bush…She was invited by President Barack Obama to the White House Science Fair in October 2010 and was subsequently invited by President Obama to attend the 2011 State of the Union Address…She may graduate with the highest grade point average since Plano ISD has gone to a four-point scale.”

View Amy's scholarship award acceptance speech on April 17, 2012 on
AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube Channel


 

Katie Wolf


Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Future Plans: Columbia University with plans to major in astrophysics and physics with minors in astronomy and philosophy

Her AP Studio Art teacher, Paige Furr wrote, “Katie is a wonderful addition to the classroom with her lively discussions during critique as well as her assistance in the studio setting. I often have Katie stay after school to work and she usually can be found helping the other students with their technique. Recently we held a ‘Parent University’ with the PTSA and Katie was one of my two chosen students to teach the parents working on the wheel. I was truly blown away by her professionalism as well as her delivery of the subject matter. I couldn’t have been prouder!.”

View Katie's scholarship award acceptance speech on April 17, 2012 on
AP Strategies Fine Arts YouTube Channel

 


 

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