Five singers won cash prizes and full scholarships to the University of Kentucky in the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition on March 3 at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The annual competition has become one of the premier vocal scholarship programs in the United States and has brought some of the top singers in UK Opera Theatre productions to Lexington.
Here’s a list of the scholarship winners, plus winners of other cash prizes:
1st Place Alltech Undergraduate Award, $6,000 plus tuition waiver: Willnard E. Anderson, Florissant, Mo.
2nd Place Bryant’s Rent-All and Kentucky Eagle Undergraduate Award, $4, 000 plus tuition waiver: Samantha Williams, Alexandria, Va.
3rd Place Cavalier Distributing Undergraduate Award, $2,000: Matthew Pearce, Union.
The Barbara Rouse Kentucky Prize, $5,000: Sydney Jahnigan, Lexington.
Kentucky Eagle Undergraduate Enthusiasm Award, $1,000: Sarah Rice, Hager Hill.
Bio-Cat Undergraduate Encouragement Award, $1,000: Meredith Ernstberger, Louisville.
Barlow and E.A. Ackerman Dairy Products Inc. Undergraduate Musicianship Award, $1,000: Taylor Harr, Pikeville.
Undergraduate Encouragement Award, $500: Irene Kelly, La Crosse, Wis.
Kentucky Eagle Transfer Student Award, $4,000: Beatriz Paroni, Sao Paolo, Brazil.
1st Place Alltech Graduate Award, $12,000 plus tuition waiver and graduate assistantship: Ryan Traub, Nashville, Tenn.
2nd Place Alltech Graduate Award, $8,000 plus tuition waiver and graduate assistantship: Iris Fordjour-Hankins, Detroit, Mich.
3rd Place Alltech Graduate Award, $5,000 plus tuition waiver and graduate assistantship: Shareese Johnson Arnold, Sheffield, Ala.
Cavalier Distributing and The Gail Robinson Musicianship Award, $2,000: André Campelo, Lexington.
Kentucky Eagle and Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens Graduate Musicianship Award, $1,000: Holly Nicole Dodson, Houston, Texas.
Kentucky Eagle Graduate Enthusiasm Award, $1,000: Jonathan Macarthur Parham, Cordele, Ga.
Kentucky Eagle Graduate Encouragement Award, $1,000: Nicole Sonbert, Durham, N.C.
Graduate Encouragement Award, $500: Marcus Simmons, Philadelphia, Pa.