Black Rose Foundation for Children recently announced eight awards for the 2017-2018 academic years. Four of the awards are named in honor of the James V. Brooks Music Scholarships for higher education, given in honor of the legacy of former band director and mentor, James V. Brooks, an administrator at Paxon High School. Four other awards will fund the tuition of four promising artists at the Share and Seed Academy for the Performing Arts.
The music scholarships in higher education were awarded to Darius Arnette (Edward Waters College), Darien Bolden (Florida A&M University), Celina Johnson (University of North Florida) and LaSandra Taylor (Edward Waters College). Each of these students was awarded a one-time $1,000.00 scholarship to support the cost of their education and to encourage them to continue to participate in music related activities during their college tenure. Scholarship recipient receiving a full year tuition to attend the academy included: Hebriona Goodman-Jackson (11 years old); Zikenya Harper (10 years old); Destiny Heath 15 years old); and Alysaa Warren (12 years old). The Black Rose Foundation for Children supports organizations and programs in the arts, wellness, literacy, and mentoring. Shown are scholarship recipients Darien Bolden, LaSandra Taylor and Darius Arnette.