Announcing the 2018 Ruth Harcort Memorial Scholarship Recipient

The Scholarship

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The Ruth Harcort Memporial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating student from Northumberland County who is continuing their education at a post secondary institution. The Committee will select a candidate who has shown dedication to the arts (theatre, music, fine art) and exemplifies the characteristics that Ruth valued – inclusion, ingenuity, generosity of spirit and commitment.

The 2018 Recipient

The recipient of the 2018 Ruth Harcort Scholarship is Kieva Earle.

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VOS Board Member Stacy Main and Kieva Earle

In her own words, “The Arts have made me who I am today”.  We, as a scholarship selection committee found this statement to be extremely accurate, and very representative of the qualities for which the award was founded.  An active performer since a young age, Kieva has been involved in numerous musicals and choirs.  However it is how Kieva approaches music and the arts that has made her this years choice.  The contributions that Kieva has made in her own life are in direct alignment with the values near and dear to Ruth.  Leadership, generosity of spirit and encouragement in a positive environment for learning’ have been demonstrated in everything she has touched.

We wish Kieva continued success as she enters Bishops University this fall in the Music and Secondary Education program.

Congratulations Kieva!

Announcing The 2016 Ruth Harcort Scholarship Recipient – Noah Lefrancois

Noah Lefrancois accepts the Ruth Harcort Scholarship from VOS President Joel Varty

The Scholarship

The Ruth Harcort Memporial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating student from Northumberland County who is continuing their education at a post secondary institution. The Committee will select a candidate who has shown dedication to the arts (theatre, music, fine art) and exemplifies the characteristics that Ruth valued – inclusion, ingenuity, generosity of spirit and commitment.

The Lefrancois family

The Recipient

The recipient of the 2016 Ruth Harcourt Memorial Scholarship is Noah Lefrancois.  Noah has been involved with music and fascinated with musical instruments since he was in public school. He became a member of the Cobourg Concert Band in Grade 7 and was called upon by the west high school while he was still in public school to join their jazz band. He was also in his high school band.

But Noah did not win this scholarship because he plays 12 instruments (yes folks, 12!) and participated in a number of bands. He won it because he is an example of how involvement in the arts can enrich all aspects of your life and prepare you for the future.

Noah, who is attending McGill University in the fall to study physics will be playing for their football team The Redmen. He credits working with the Concert Band and learning leadership skills from section leaders for helping him to be a better football Captain. He told the selection committee that in working with these musicians taught him life skills he is able to apply because he was treated as a peer. His involvement made him a better section leader in his high school bands, on a better captain n the football field and a more relaxed human because he had music in his life which became not only a creative outlet but a stress-free way in which to express himself.

Noah Lefrancois, is an athlete, an exceptional student and a musician who believes in sharing his love and knowledge of music so that it can benefit others. He believes in mentoring the way he was mentored himself. He displayed and communicated commitment, ingenuity, generosity of spirit and VOS is proud to award him with the Ruth Harcort Scholarship.

Congratulations to Michelle Clark – 1st Winner of the Ruth Harcort Memorial Scholarhip

Leigh Facey-Crowther presents the 2015 Ruth Harcort Scholarship to Michelle Clark
Leigh Facey-Crowther presents the 2015 Ruth Harcort Scholarship to Michelle Clark

It was with much sadness when news spread throughout the VOS Theatre family that our founding member, Ruth Harcort had suddenly passed away. Ruth was the very heart and soul of our theatre group and took up the challenge of providing a venue for musical productions and plays in Cobourg. She taught, encouraged, mentored and supported so many of us as we entered the world of live theatre. It wasn’t long that many members of the VOS were discussing a multitude of ways to remember Ruth and to recognize her in a way fitting her commitment to local theatre.

The winner of the 1st Annual Ruth Harcort Scholarship is Michelle Clark. Michelle is a graduate of the I.B. program at Cobourg Collegiate and has been involved in dance at the Premier Dance Studio for several years. Her hard work and dedication to her craft was reflected so well in her application and interview. In her final year, as part of her requirement for the I.B. program, Michelle shared her love of dance with students in a special needs program at her school. She described the response of one of the students to the dance program and we could all sense the ghost of Ruth leaning over Michelle’s shoulder and saying to her well done. The arts should be shared and enjoyed by all but this can only be accomplished when taught by someone who loves her craft deeply.

Michelle is heading off to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and will be studying neuroscience where she hopes to combine her love of dance with her devotion of helping others.

It should also be noted that for several years, the VOS has been donating $500 to each secondary school in the Northumberland County to be presented as an award to a graduating student active in the arts and chosen by the staff at each school.