Scholarships Honor Artistic Contributions

Bryce Jordan Awards Helping 8 Students Pursue Creative Passions

Nov. 10, 2008

Eight University of Texas at Dallas Art and Performance students were chosen as recipients of the 2008-2009 Bryce Jordan Scholarship Fund for the Arts’ annual disbursement. Each student was given $1,000 per semester to further their academic careers at the University.

This year’s recipients, listed with their discipline, include:

  • Dan Bock (Music).
  • Dorly Cuellar (Music).
  • Joseph Florer (Music).
  • Ashley Fourcand (Dance).
  • Edward Hennigan (Drama).
  • Dana Leija (Arts and Technology).
  • Angelika McNaught (Visual Arts).
  • Anne Melville (Arts and Technology).

“I was absolutely overjoyed when I found out that I received the award; I immediately called my mother to let her know,” said Fourcand. “To be acknowledged for my contribution to the arts is such a huge honor.”

The Bryce and Jonelle Jordan Scholarship Fund was established in 1981 to support undergraduate music students at the UT Dallas. Bryce Jordan, flutist and musicologist, was the first president of the University. It has since been extended, with Dr. Jordan’s approval, to provide financial support for undergraduate students in any of the creative and performing arts, which include music, theatre, dance, creative writing the visual arts and arts & technology. Scholarships are awarded through an application process that includes a work sample and an essay.

“The Bryce Jordan Scholarship specifically supports our talented students in the arts,” said Kathryn Evans, associate dean for art and performance. “It is vitally important that we encourage and reward their accomplishments and help them realize their dreams.

“In addition to being talented and productive in their respective fields, these students represent the essence of our program – not only can they perform and create, often in multiple areas, they can think and write critically about the creative process and their artistic accomplishments.”

Cuellar, a junior, plans to pursue a career in music therapy. She chose UT Dallas specifically so she could sing with the University’s Chamber Singers.

“I’ve always wanted to go to college, but due to the cost I had resigned myself to completing my degree by taking one class each semester,” said Cuellar. “This scholarship has allowed me to move a little faster down my educational path.”

For more information about the Bryce Jordan Scholarship, including an online application, visit ah.utdallas.edu/prospective_students/Bryce_scholarship.html.

Those interested in donating to the Bryce Jordan Scholarship Fund for the Arts may do so at Art & Performance student and faculty events, or may donate online at ah.utdallas.edu or by mail to: Office of Development c/o Mary Brouillette, 800 W. Campbell Road, MP13, Richardson, Texas, 75080.


Media Contacts: Karah Hosek, UT Dallas, 972-883-4329, karah.hosek@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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Ashley Fourcaud
“To be acknowledged for my contribution to the arts is such a huge honor,” said dancer Ashley Fourcand.

Dorly Cuellar
“This scholarship has allowed me to move a little faster down my educational path,” said Dorly Cuellar, who performs with the UT Dallas Chamber Singers.

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