Last month, we celebrated some extraordinary individuals at the inaugural Thomas Jefferson High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony! The 31 honorees included alumni, teachers, staff, and community members who have distinguished themselves in Academics, Arts, or Athletics. Five people were honored for their contributions to the arts: TJ Arts founder and teacher Karen Suszynski, TJ Theatre director Sandra Barker, architect Robert Beckjord, musician Eric DeFade, and TJHS band director and musician Ray DeFade.
Each year, TJ Arts sponsors several annual scholarships for graduating high-school seniors living in West Jefferson Hills School District who study and excel in any facet of the arts.
This year, we are proud to offer up to $8,000 in scholarships!
Eligible students may study from a variety of artistic disciplines, including but not limited to performing arts, creative arts, visual arts, literary arts, media arts, and arts education. We have created a universal application for students to apply. All applications are due by April 17, 2023.
TJ Class of 1982 Scholarship: For all artistic disciplines (theatre-related majors preferred). This scholarship was created by an anonymous alumnus from the TJ Class of 1982.
Matteo Music Scholarship: For music-related majors only (instrumental music preferred). This is our largest annual scholarship, created by our most generous donor.
Visit our scholarship page to review the eligibility criteria and requirements for all applicants.
The winners of these scholarships are selected by an unbiased committee of teachers, independent artists, arts educators, and representatives of TJ Arts. TJ Arts reserves the right not to award a scholarship if the selection committee determines that no candidates provide sufficient materials.
TJ Arts is thrilled to announce that we are awarding nearly $7,000 to four deserving graduating seniors in the arts from Thomas Jefferson High School this year!
The following students were recognized at the TJHS Senior Awards Ceremony on May 25, 2022. We wish them well in their college studies!
Madeline Westwood‘s music training and skill made her an excellent candidate for the Matteo Music Scholarship and the Margie Liberati Memorial Scholarship for a total of $3,000 of support. The Matteo Music Scholarship is donated each year by Joseph Matteo in honor of his family, and the Margie Liberati Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of Margie Liberati by her family. Madeline plans to study Music Education at Duquesne University. Congratulations, Madeline!
Sabrina Reed‘s dance training and theatre program leadership helped her rise to the top for our brand-new scholarship of $1,982, the Class of 1982 Scholarship, which was created by an anonymous donor. Sabrina plans to study Telecommunications and Media at Penn State University. Congratulations, Sabrina!
Holly Hannon‘s commitment to the theatre and music programs at TJHS made her shine in the running for the TJ Arts Board Scholarship, an award of $1,000. Holly plans to pursue a BFA in Theatre at Point Park University. Congratulations, Holly!
Madelyn Panaiia‘s love of the theatre and understanding of its deep impact on people helped her win the $1,000 Kathy Cecotti Memorial Scholarship, which is given in memory of former TJHS teacher and director Kathy Cecotti. Madelyn plans to study Secondary English Education with a minor in Musical Theatre at Slippery Rock University. Congratulations, Madelyn!
To allow students a little extra time to submit their scholarship applications, we have extended the deadline for all submissions to Monday, April 19, 2021. After that time, we will no longer accept applications.
If a student has trouble submitting any part of the application, they should email email@example.com.
All applications can be found here. Good luck to those who apply!