Grant Awarded to Grieco Scholarship Fund for Englewood Idol

Grant Awarded to Grieco Scholarship Fund for Englewood Idol

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation awarded a grant of $1,100 to the Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund at the Academies@Englewood for the fourteenth annual Englewood Idol talent competition. The grant award provides $100 scholarships for each contestant to record one song and the entire group to collaborate and record two songs together on a professionally developed CD in a studio.

Art brings the community together. 2019 Englewood Idol semi-finalists.

2019 Englewood Idol Semi-Finalists

Grant Fosters Collaboration

The grant award complements the Foundation’s mission to build stronger communities through collaboration. For 21 years, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation has served the region by asking, What can we do together that we can’t do alone?. Furthermore, the NNJCF is a leader in creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into the fabric of a region, town, or city block in the region.

As a co-founder of the Englewood Idol competition in 2005, NNJCF continues to support the student-run talent competition to raise funds for The John Grieco Scholarship Fund.  In addition, the competition brings together Englewood’s public and private high school students through the arts.  “Our initial effort to provide an opportunity for students from the three diverse high schools in Englewood to work together on an arts production grew into an exemplary demonstration of how art brings together everyone in a community.  The arts also provide a universal language that we all speak,” said Michael Shannon, President, NNJCF.

2019 Competition Expands

The Englewood Idol competition is open to any high school student living or attending high school in Englewood, New Jersey. For the first time, the program also features one student from grades 6-8 ‘The Junior Idol’.  In addition, one student is selected from grades 4-5 ‘The Mini Idol’ and grades 2-3 ‘The Micro Idol’.

The grant award supports 'Little Idols' collaborating to create a group CD.

For the first time, the competition includes ‘Little Idols’.

The competition takes place on Friday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. See the performance at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey. Furthermore, the talent competition attracts students from several municipalities, including Englewood, Bergenfield, and Dumont in northern New Jersey and Nyack and New York City, in New York. Students also attend Dwight Morrow High School, Academies@Englewood, Dwight Englewood or Eagle Academy.

Tickets to Englewood Idol are available for purchase.  To purchase tickets, visit the main offices of Dwight Morrow High School and the Academies@Englewood.  In addition, purchase tickets at the Janis E. Dismus Middle School and the Bergen Performing Arts Center. For further information, call 201-294-0725, email, or visit the student-created website.

Learn more about the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.  Contact or call 201-568-5608.


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