Wesleyan names Campus and Community Engagement Manager; scholarship application opportunities available to local students

MIDDLETOWN — Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts has appointed Rani Arbo as Campus and Community Engagement Manager as of Feb. 26.

Prior to joining the Center for the Arts on an interim basis in October 2016, Arbo spent seven months coordinating the “Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter” festival, held in May 2016. She was a Vocal Music Teacher for the Center for Creative Youth in 2017, and a Fellow in the College of the Environment during the 2014-2015 academic year. Originally from New York City, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Geology from Amherst College, where she previously was an Outreach Coordinator. She also works as a band leader and manager, freelance writer and editor. She has resided in Middletown for 20 years, where she has served as the Founder and Director of the Middletown Community Chorus since 2015.

The Center for the Arts opened in the fall of 1973, and includes the Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, the 400-seat Crowell Concert Hall, the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, the 260-seat Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, the 400-seat Theater, the World Music Hall (a non-Western performance space), and classrooms and studios.

For more information about the Center for the Arts, call 860-685-3355, or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.

Kenny scholarship applications available

NEW BRITAIN — The Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program at the American Savings Foundation is currently accepting applications from current high school seniors, current college students, and nontraditional adult students enrolled in college for the 2018-19 academic year. Applications are due by March 31.

Applicants must live in one of the 64 Connecticut towns served by American Savings Foundation. Current high school seniors must be ranked in the top 1/3 of their graduating class or have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Current college students must be maintaining a 2.5 GPA or higher. For more information and to apply, students and parents can visit www.asfdn.org or call the foundation at 860.827.2556.

Goodspeed Musicals announces Andrew A. Isen Prize

EAST HADDAM — Goodspeed Musicals recently announced the establishment of The Andrew A. Isen Prize at Goodspeed Musicals. The prize, to be given annually, will recognize a young person between the ages of 20-29 who has demonstrated excellence in their work during the previous Goodspeed Musicals season. Each March, Goodspeed will award $5,000 to an honoree — chosen by committee — to aid in their pursuit of a career in musical theatre. The inaugural prize will be awarded in 2019 for candidates from the 2018 season. Application information will be made available to eligible candidates during their time at Goodspeed.

This award is funded by a gift from DC-based entrepreneur and musical theatre devotee Andrew A. Isen and was created to give young people who are in the early stages of professional development financial assistance and encouragement to focus on artistic excellence. The establishment of this award with Goodspeed Musicals will also serve to enhance Goodspeed’s efforts to recruit exceptional apprentices, technicians, designers and other theater professionals.

Vocal Chords offer scholarships

MIDDLETOWN — The Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords Executive Board is now accepting applications for its annual scholarships to be awarded to deserving students pursuing a career in nursing or music. They must have been accepted at an accredited college or university with one of these majors.

The Review Committee will consider academic record, extracurricular and community service activities, the students ability to articulate his/her career goals and the recommendations of the references. The scholarships will be paid directly to the student at the spring concert, Saturday, May 5.

All applications must be postmarked by March 26 and can be obtained at the Middlesex County high school guidance offices. For more information, call 860-349-2042.

Lions Club offer annual scholarship

EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Village Lions Club will offer a scholarship to a high school senior graduating in 2018. Students must be a resident of East Hampton to be considered.

For the past few years, the Village Lions have presented a monetary award to a student. The club considers the applicant’s financial need and service to their community and school as the two top criteria.

Applications are now available at the East Hampton High, Mercy High, Xavier High, and Vinal Technical Schools’ guidance departments or by calling Linda at 860-267-2012. Applicants are also required to write a brief essay about a topic they are passionate about. The scholarship committee is accepting applications until Monday, April 16.

College scholarships available

EAST HADDAM — The East Haddam Community Lions will award two $2,500 scholarships to deserving graduating seniors who meet the following criteria:

The candidates must be high school seniors at Nathan Hale-Ray High School or residents of East Haddam who attend another high school with plans to attend college or further his/her education in a planned program in the 2018-2019 year.

Recipients will be selected based on academic standing, financial need, extra-curricular activities and other criteria established by the East Haddam Scholarship Committee.

Applications can be obtained from area high school guidance counselors or contact the Nathan Hale-Ray guidance department at 860-873-5065. Applications must be received by April 27, 2018.

Military vehicles sought for Memorial Day Parade

CROMWELL — Interested persons with military vehicles are invited to participate in the annual Town of Cromwell Memorial Day Parade on May 30.

The memorial service will begin at 6 p.m. on the World War I Memorial Green on the corner of Main and West Streets. It will be immediately followed by the annual town parade along a parade route in downtown Cromwell. These events are sponsored annually by the Town of Cromwell and the American Legion Carlson-Sjovall Post 105. Interested persons should contact Parade Marshal Al Waters at 860-930-7812.