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Monday, March 28, 2016

Natalie Neace Starts Highlands Vocal Music Alumni Scholarship

Natalie Neace. 
By David Ketcham 

Highlands High School senior Natalie Neace has taken it into her own hands to create a scholarship for her classmates and fellow music lovers. “What really inspired me to start my own scholarship was my love of music and my joy of service and giving back to others in any way that I can,” said Neace.

The Scholarship is called the Highlands High School Vocal Music Alumni Scholarship, and its purpose serves to bring all of the HHS choir and alumni together to support the art of music. Assuming Natalie raises enough money to fund her scholarship, two $500 scholarships will be awarded to two graduating singers who follow these guidelines: Seniors can pick up an application in the Guidance Office or on Naviance and the deadline is April 1st. Several musical and business members in the community were chosen to be on a Board to read the essays, discuss the applications, and to decide who the two recipients will be.

Gracie Fettig, a Highlands senior is one of the choir members who plan to apply for the scholarship. “I think that the Highlands High School Vocal Music Alumni Scholarship presents a wonderful opportunity for those who have an appreciation of the arts. I am hopeful that two scholarships can be funded and provided this year,” she stated.

Natalie, being a member of the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) Alumni of 2015 and a Cincinnati Overture’s Competition Semi-Finalist, has a very high appreciation of music. She feels as though it’s important to support vocalists who pursue their dreams and will do anything in her power to do so, hence the scholarship. The recipient, however, does not have to major in music but does have to have that desire or those life experiences that prove to them how important music is for humanity.
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Students who are awarded the two scholarships will be recognized at Senior Awards Night and be given recognition again at the May Choral Concert as a way to continue to gain awareness with parents and the community. This is an opportunity that Natalie hopes other people will carry on with years coming. “This scholarship isn’t meant to make someone an opera star or a pop icon, it’s simply meant to encourage students to stay involved with music throughout their whole lives,” explains Natalie.

Any amount of money can be donated by anyone in order to help Natalie make this scholarship possible, and financially help college goers who have a strong appreciation for music and the choir. Community members can help fund this scholarship here:

Any further questioning can be ask to Natalie at

“I am so excited to share my love of music with more students and to help the community to come together and see the great impact they can have on the success of future generations!” says Natalie.

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