Starlight Accepting Scholarship Applications: Deadline Extended

Starlight Accepting Scholarship Applications: Deadline Extended

The Vincent Legacy Scholarships give 6th, 7th and 8th graders the opportunity to receive professional training in the performing arts

Starlight theatrical trainingDEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 1.  Starlight Theatre is now accepting scholarship applications through March 21 from ethnically diverse youth in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades who have a passionate interest and strong ability in the performing arts.  Starlight’s Vincent Legacy Scholarship will award two individuals funding of $2,500 for dance, voice and acting training.

Starlight and local community leaders Greg and Rebecca Reid created the Vincent Legacy Scholarship Fund in 2006 and have since awarded 19 scholarships. The Reids also provided an endowment fund for the scholarship “to provide youth who show performing arts promise the opportunity to further refine and improve their skills through professional instruction, but who otherwise might not be able to secure additional training.”

In addition to meeting ethnic and financial criteria, students must show a passion for the performing arts, maintain an academic achievement level equal to or greater than a “B” (3.0) grade level, attend school regularly with no unexcused absences, and demonstrate an interest in community service.

The Vincent Legacy Scholarship provides more than just financial assistance.  The winners also join a group of talented former winners as well as adult mentors who help guide and encourage the scholars as they advance in their performing arts training. Past recipients continue to stay in touch and mentor new recipients.

Applications for the Vincent Legacy Scholarship and a list of past recipients are available at

Starlight Theatre, winner of the 2013 Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for-profit organization in 1951, Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts, offers extensive community outreach and educational programming including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the country.  Located on 16 acres in Swope Park, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage.  It is operated in partnership with KC Parks.