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The TBBCA is proud to support young artists with The Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarship. Previously named the High School Art Stars Scholarship, the program has been renamed to honor the TBBCA's former Board President, Charlie Hounchell, who passed away unexpectedly this year. The scholarship program was developed and championed by Hounchell in 2007 and has since awarded $92,500 to Bay area students who wish to pursue careers in the arts.

The scholarship program is open to rising high school juniors and seniors in Hillsborough, Pinellas or Pasco counties who excel at vocal or instrumental music, theatre, dance, visual arts or literary arts. Winners are selected based on merit and may use the award to cover tuition expenses at the university, college or professional arts training program of his or her choice.

Art Stars alumni represent some of the most talented and promising young artists and performers in the nation. Past winners have attended such prestigious schools as New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, Carnegie Mellon University, Savannah College of Art & Design and Oberlin College & Conservatory to name a few.

The 2014 Charlie Hounchell Art Stars were announced at a special reception on May 1st, sponsored by Cox Media Group Tampa. The winners are:

Dance: Brittany White, 12th grade, Howard W. Blake High School, Hillsborough County
Instrumental Music: Kaila DeLany, 12th grade, Tarpon Springs High School, Pinellas County
Literary Arts - Brooke Page, 11th grade, Seminole High School, Pinellas County
Theatre - Cameron Kubly, 12th grade, Howard W. Blake High School, Hillsborough County
Visual Arts - Alice Leavengood, 12th grade, Shorecrest Preparatory School, Pinellas County
Vocal Music - Brandon Rodriguez, 12th grade, Riverview High School, Hillsborough County

Click on the links below to view their scholarship auditions or work samples on youtube.

Brittany White | Kaila DeLany | Cameron Kubly | Alice Leavengood | Brandon Rodriguez

The 2015 application cycle will open January 2015. Click here to view the 2014 application.

The TBBCA's High School Art Stars Program is privately funded through individual gifts and corporate sponsorships. For more information, contact Jennifer Douglas at 813-221-ARTS (2787) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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