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 four grants for 2019 and are most proud to announce the following recipients of our 2019 scholarships.

NVMT Scholarship Grants

Since its founding, NVMT has awarded more than $155,000 in scholarship grants to deserving students.

Evelyn McLean Memorial Scholarship 

OLIVIA LACIE ANDREWS

Olivia Lacie Andrews

Olivia will attend Syracuse University in the Honors Program as a Musical Theatre major. Besides being in the top quarter of her graduating class with a 3.89 GPA, Olivia has been an active member of the Neshaminy High Drama Leadership Board, the PA Thespian Troupe and Leadership Workshop and the American Cancer Society as well as performing at the PA and International Thespian festivals, the Bucks County Playhouse and as a finalist at the NYCDA Dance competition. She plans a career in the performing arts and believes that the stage is the place where she is most alive!

Joseph J. McGlade Memorial Scholarship

WYATT MELLUS

Wyatt Mellus

Majoring in Music History, Wyatt will attend Temple University. His goal is to further his education beyond undergraduate status and obtain graduate degrees in Ethnomusicology. He hopes to teach in a college setting, conduct research or become a music journalist. In high school, Wyatt participated in the marching band and various school orchestras serving as section leader and Band Vice-president for two years. He has also played in the pit for school musicals and played cello for the school’s String Quartet for the past two years.

Dotti Gelenberg Memorial Scholarship

BRIELLE LEWANDOWSKI

Brielle Lewandowski

Headed for DeSales University, Brielle will major in Musical Theatre. Since her youth, Brielle has been fascinated and passionate about musical theatre and has continued to work hard to master the skills needed to manage herself as a performer. Her dream is to perform on Broadway and experience all that theatre has to offer. A member of the National Honor Society, Brielle maintained a 3.8 GPA while still devoting the time and effort to her theatrical and musical efforts including as soloist the 2018 International Thespian Festival.

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

EMILY KIRSCH 

Emily Kirsch

An outstanding straight A student with a weighted 4.2 GPA, Emily will attend Susquehanna University with a Music Education major and Theatre minor. She was a member of the NHS Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Select Choir. She was a section leader and Field Captain in the marching band. In addition to school activities, Emily has been involved with the Bucks County Music Educators Association band and Neshaminy Summer Stock Emily’s goal is to become an instrumental music teacher at the high school level.