Students Audition for Music Scholarships in Staunton

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

STAUNTON, Va. -- Students have been auditioning Monday in the hopes of getting two full ride scholarships to Kentucky State University.

This is the first time that this has been offered to high school students at Robert E. Lee High School and surrounding high schools in the valley.

Kenneth Venable, who is helping to get the program going, said that it will be an annual event.

Venable hopes Monday's assembly is a way for students who weren't thinking about going to college to consider it.

The concert choir sang a range of pieces as a preview to a bigger event tonight. Monday night, the students who receive the scholarships will be announced.

"The college is coming to them. Instead a lot of times they have to go to the colleges and if you look at the students they're excited because the kids are going to be right around their age. Some of them you'd be surprised, you look at them and say...they're in college?" Venable said.

Other schools were invited to attend, but because of the snow day last week it didn't work out.

Next year, Venable said there will be sports scholarships too and more offered in general.

There will also be a team at the school to provide workshops to prepare kids for college next year too. Monday night's concert along with the announcement will be at Robert E Lee High School from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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