The Rock School Scholarship Fund is Awarded a Thorek Memorial Foundation Grant to Fund Scholarships for Students to Attend School of Rock Chicago
$26,730 grant will cover tuition for 15 students for one year
Los Angeles, CA, October 11, 2014: The Rock School Scholarship Fund (www.rockschoolfund.org) has secured a Thorek Memorial Foundation grant in the amount of $26,730. The grant, awarded last month, is earmarked to provide year-long scholarships for 15 students to enroll in programs at School of Rock Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 2010, RSSF is the first 501(c)3 non-profit organization to provide and administer scholarship funds, based on financial need, for children ages 7 to 17 to attend any rock music school in the U.S. (including but not limited to School of Rock locations). All schools supported by RSSF emphasize performance-based programs including lessons, rehearsals, and group shows.
“We’re deeply grateful to Thorek Memorial Foundation and its Executive Director Cynthia Barrera for recognizing the work that we do with music education, and making rock music programs affordable for underserved youth,” says RSSF Co-Founder and Executive Director Wendy Winks. “Chicago-area students will benefit greatly, and we look forward to seeing their progress. RSSF is committed to identifying and pursuing similar opportunities for tuition assistance in other areas across the country.”
The grant was brought to the attention of School of Rock Chicago Regional Director Adam Mackintosh by musician, songwriter, and Chicago-area radio and television personality Damon Ranger. “It’s a thrill to know we’ll be welcoming 15 new students to our school over the next year – young people who otherwise would have been unable to participate,” says Mackintosh. “We’re honored by Thorek’s generosity.”
School of Rock Chicago, a School of Rock affiliate, employs an immersive, performance-based approach to music lessons in an interactive environment. They are located at 3043 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL.
The Thorek Memorial Foundation (www.thorek.org) is affiliated with Thorek Memorial Hospital, a 218-bed, not-for-profit acute care facility providing quality, progressive health care to Chicagoans. It was originally founded in 1911 as the American Hospital by Dr. Max Thorek and his wife Fannie as a 25-bed hospital primarily intended to serve members of the performing arts community. Some of its early patients included Mae West, the Marx Brothers, Harry Houdini and Buffalo Bill Cody, to name just a few.