Grant Supports Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund’s Englewood Idol

Grant Supports Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund’s Englewood Idol

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) announces a grant award of $1,200 to the Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund at the Academies@Englewood.  Furthermore, the award supports the 13th Annual Englewood Idol talent competition’s program. The grant provides $100 scholarships for each contestant to record one song.  Also, the group will collaborate and record two songs together on a professionally developed CD.

Grant Builds Communities Through Collaboration, Art

The grant award complements the Foundation’s mission to build stronger communities through collaboration and the arts. A NNJCF board member conceived Englewood Idol to bring together Englewood public and private high school students through the arts.

NNJCF has supported the talent competition since its inception in 2005.  “We are pleased our initial effort to bring students together has grown into an exemplary demonstration of how the arts can bring together not just students, but whole communities.  The arts are a universal language we all speak, that arouse emotions we all share,” said Michael Shannon, President, NNJCF.

Englewood Idol is an annual singing competition.  Furthermore, the event is open to any high school student currently living or attending school in Englewood, New Jersey. On Thursday, January 18, at 7:00 p.m., Englewood Idol returns to the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood.

This year’s contestants are Alexis Oliver, Le’Keil Herring, Gabriela Arango, Zion McGill, Diondra Curtis, and Andrew Jones.  Contestants Deirdre Riggsbee, Joey Liberti, Patricia Parker, Tiffany Moon, Sarah Dubon, and Lily Waxman also join them on the stage. The talent competition attracts students attending Dwight Morrow High School, Academies@Englewood, and The Dwight-Englewood School.

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's grant supports the recording of a professional produced CD.

The grant award will support the contestants creation of a professionally recorded CD.

Innovative Support of Students

“The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation continues to find innovative ways to support our student performers. The grant they have awarded to the Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund will enable each of this year’s 12 Englewood Idols to cut their own CD.  What an extraordinary experience for our Idols to work with a professional music producer and record their songs in a studio. Projects like this can be a window into so much more for a young person,” said Judy Aronson, Producer of Englewood Idol and Faculty Advisor of the Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund Dwight Morrow High School / Academies@Englewood.

For further information about the Foundation, contact nnjcf@nnjcf.org or call 201-568-5608.

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