OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University's College of Arts & Humanities has named Trisha Buhrley and Natalie Hill Vickers its Liberace Scholars for this year. Funded through a gift from The Liberace Foundation in Las Vegas, the scholarships were awarded in the areas of creative writing and dance for the 2002-03 academic year.
The Liberace Scholars were chosen by English and dance faculty committees through a highly competitive selection process. Each scholar will receive an annual half-tuition award of $1,200, along with a match equal to that amount from student activity waivers. The WSU Liberace Scholars awards are designed to encourage student involvement in the public presentation of creative work, participation in campus arts activities, and development of a professional file and resume.
Buhrley, a senior majoring in English, is the Liberace Scholar in Creative Writing. As part of her scholarship activities she will be involved with Weber Studies, a creative writing publication published three times a year by the College of Arts & Humanities and the National Undergraduate Literature Conference. In addition to her love of writing, Buhrley has competed as a pianist and vocalist and enjoys songwriting and performing. Her scholarship application included a compact disk featuring several songs written and performed by Buhrley, accompanied by a copy of the lyrics. She told the selection committee her inclusion of the songs seemed to make sense, considering Liberace’s love of music and literature.
"The Liberace Scholarship gives me the chance to be involved with the National Undergraduate Literature Conference and I'm really excited to be able to work with nationally known writers with the conference,” Buhrley said.
Vickers was named the Liberace Scholar in Dance. Vickers, a Layton resident, is a senior earning a degree in dance. She has been a regular contributor to WSU’s Orchesis Dance concerts since 1999. During her scholarship year, she plans to choreograph a work for the Fall 2002 Orchesis dance concert in conjunction with a guest artist from the Jose Limon Dance Company.
“This semester I’ll be working with Orchesis and be involved in choreography. Next semester I’ll do a solo concert and continue to work with Orchesis,” Vickers said.
Both students hope to someday teach in their respective fields. Buhrley plans to pursue a master’s degree in education and eventually teach English. Vickers wants to teach dance and serve as a choreographer for area high schools and dance companies.
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