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Scholarship Service

Rita Young Allen, MA, MS


Your senior year will be one of the most exciting times of your life, but it can also be very frustrating and confusing when you begin to seek out a college.

For those of you who have an ability to sing, are you aware how very possible it is to use that ability to earn all or part of your college tuition?....and some colleges don't even require you to major in music!  College scholarships are certainly available!  You just have to know to find them!

If you do have a desire to major in music, you will need to be able to perform from memory at least one Italian song and possibly a German or French (according to the University's audition requirements).  This is not extremely difficult, but it is time consuming.  Solid preparation has given many of my past students full and partial college scholarships.

In some cases, music scholarships are awarded to those who are talented, requiring them to perform in certain ensembles throughout the year while majoring in their choice of another career.

"A winner is someone who sets his goals, commits himself to those goals, and then pursues his goals with all the ability given him."

Not to earn a prize or defeat an opponent but to pace each other on the road to excellence! ~National Federation
of Music Clubs

The Messenger Newspaper
     At the end of one year of very hard work for Paul and two years of very hard work for his mom and dad, the effort has truly paid off.
     "We began late in his sophomore year," his mom says, "knowing that we had one designated amount of time to prepare for the next four years of his life.  We are an average income family, therefore, we understood what was required of us to create the opportunity not only for Paul to even go to college but especially to attend a specialty college in his field of music.  Our goal for our son was to find a college for him which offered the strongest program in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Opera and Music Theatre.  We made MANY phone calls, wrote many letters, prepared Paul a packet that would open any door and began our research of music colleges in the Southeast."
     "In the meantime, Paul was busy learning his audition songs and writing his college essay.  Twelve colleges were chosen as a starting point.  We called and made arrangements for vocal auditions at these colleges.  After visiting these colleges with his dad, seeing their music departments and meeting their music faculty, Paul narrowed his list down to seven colleges."
     "Last year Paul had the honor of being chosen by the Gadsden Music Club to receive a scholarship to a summer music camp at Florida State University.  He had a wonderful time and that week helped shape his idea of what he wanted in a college.  After auditions at several colleges, Paul decided he liked the smaller campus setting, therefore, we began to zero in on the smaller, more family-type college setting without compromising the professionalism or quality of training.  Of the seven colleges, Paul has been awarded $187,000 in vocal, academic and leadership scholarships.  Paul has chosen Brevard College nestled in the beautiful Smoky Mountains."
     "These last two years have been a tremendous amount of work.  It has been worth every minute!  After all our research, I decided to help other young people in the Performing Arts (vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers), therefore, I have established a scholarship service.  Most of the work we did for Paul was very time consuming and many parents don't have the many hours it would take, not only for the research, but also for the preparation.  The scholarships are out there; you just have to work to find them.  They don't usually knock on your door!" ~Rita Allen
     The remaining six schools where Paul was awarded scholarships were:
Huntingdon College, Montgomery, AL
Coker College, Hartsville, SC
Birmingham Southern, Birmingham, AL
Maryville College, Maryville, TN
Shorter College, Rome, GA
University of SC, Columbia, SC
     "I am so thankful for all the work my parents did.  I wouldn't have known where to start.  It took so much stress out of my Senior Year and made my auditions go so smooth.  There are not words to say how thankful I am." ~Paul Allen

Rita Young Allen Teaching Credentials.....

Master of Science in Management Leadership (Healthcare Administration) from Troy University, Troy, Alabama
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (Counseling, Emergency Management, Public Administration) from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama
Executive Director & Marketing Director for two National Healthcare Corporations
Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Minor in Music Education from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama
Associate of Arts in Vocal Performance, Wallace State College, Hanceville, Alabama
Music School Owner for 24 years
Performed at Carnegie Hall with Private Choirs, 6 years
Church Music Minister, 30+ years
Published Author, "The Sheaf Dreamer"
Columnist, 20+ years
President of Alabama National Speakers Association, 3 years
Public & Private School Teacher, 10 years (Choral & Drama)
Pageantry, Top Ten, National Competition of Ms. Senior America & Alabama State Director

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Rita Young Allen, Keynote Speaking Professional / Concert Soloist / Published Author / Bible Teacher / Emcee

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (Concentration in Counseling) from Jacksonville State University.

Master of Science in Management Leadership (Healthcare Administration) from Troy University.

Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Minor in Music, from Jacksonville State University.
Associate of Science in Music Education, Vocal Performance
Snead State College, Gadsden State College, and Wallace State College.


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