Scholarship Grants

Supporting local fine & performing arts since 1956

Our mission is to raise funds and award scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to continue their studies in the fine or performing arts in college.

Giving back to the community

Each year since 1956 the Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre has produced a full Broadway-type musical stage show. The proceeds of the production contribute to a scholarship fund which is awarded to graduating seniors of the Neshaminy School District who plan to continue their studies in the fine or performing arts.

Our most prestigious grant is the Evelyn McLean Memorial Scholarship, named for the founder of the organization. Additional scholarships are awarded annually, including the Joseph J. McGlade Memorial Scholarship, the George W. Kinsley IV Memorial Scholarship for Students of the Woodwind Instruments and the Dotti Gelenberg Memorial Scholarship as well as other grants, the number and size of which are determined by the financial success of the production.

We are very pleased to have awarded a total of two grants for 2022 and are most proud to announce the following recipients of our 2022 scholarships.

NVMT Scholarship Grants

Since its founding, NVMT has awarded more than $165,000 in scholarship grants to deserving students.

Evelyn McLean Memorial Scholarship 

Laura Aquilone

Laura’s passion and career goals lie in the field of animation and she has been creating stories and songs since a young age. Her natural artistic ability coupled with her creative talent has gained her acceptance at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. The school is known for its top animation curricula. In addition to writing original stories and designing characters for animation, Laura also composes and plays original music for her animated projects. Academically, Laura is currently positioned in the top 5th of her graduating class with a 3.96 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society.

George W. Kinsley IV Memorial Scholarship for Student of the Woodwind Instruments

Rachel Mark

Rachel will be attending Millersville University majoring in special education with a music minor. Her career goal is to teach students with autism and to utilize the gift of music to help her students reach their life potential. Starting in elementary school, Rachel studied both dance and several musical instruments. Now an accomplished performer of the clarinet, tenor saxophone and tuba, Rachel has been involved with the Neshaminy High School marching band, wind ensemble and choir and has performed in two of the school’s musical productions. At Millersville, she already has signed up for the University’s marching band and intends to audition for the school’s concert band, concert choir and musical productions. She hopes to return to the area after she gains her degree and teach in the Neshaminy or Bensalem school districts.