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Scholarships Award Education


By Denise Tansey

This year’s scholarship winners were announced at the Annual Ownership meeting on August 15 at Goodwood Museum and Gardens. Our arts scholarship recipient was present, while our health, healing and nutrition recipient was in class several states away.

This was the first year that the scholarship applications were available for download from New Leaf Market’s website. As a result we had more applicants than in past years.

The health, healing and nutrition scholarship applicants were enrolled in programs including environmental science, occupational therapy, physical therapy, massage therapy, social work/counseling, nursing, public health, oriental medicine, sports medicine, nutrition science, and medical school. The art scholarship applicants were enrolled in music, theater, architecture, and music therapy.

We appreciated the time and effort these students took in applying, which provided the scholarship committee with excellent choices. Whether or not applicants are selected in the current year, they are always encouraged to reapply the following year.

The 5th annual New Leaf Market—Bryce Buchanan Memorial Scholarship for the Arts was awarded to Eric Hopkins, a senior at FSU majoring in Percussion Performance. He came to FSU from Cape Coral, Florida. Eric is a member of the Percussive Art Society, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Lambda, and competed on the math team for Mu Alpha Theta for three years. He was a drum major for the university’s Silver Magic Marching Band for two years, and conducted rehearsals. Eric taught at the FSU Summer Music Camps, as well as the Lemoyne Center for Arts. He enjoys painting and writing poetry.

Next spring, Eric will be auditioning at six big city schools and conservatories, including Julliard, as he seeks admission for a master’s degree in orchestral percussion. This requires performing orchestral excerpts using anywhere from three-to-eight different percussion instruments (e.g. drum, tympani, xylophone, cymbals, bells). Some of these have to be taken on the plane with him at extra expense. Eric dreams of someday working his way up to an orchestra such as the New York Philharmonic. Although Eric admits that this line of work requires constant effort and is very competitive, he likes being able to express himself through music. You can read about some of his musical escapades, and listen to sound bites on his blog, ericjohnhopkins.blogspot.com.

The 12th annual New Leaf Market—Matthew Tansey Scholarship for Health, Healing and Nutrition was offered to Tallahassee native Kendra Lay. Kendra volunteered with AmeriCorp VISTA, an organization that helps low income communities meet their needs in education, public safety, health, and environmental issues. Typically, upon completion of a certain number of hours of service, the volunteers receive an Education Award that can be used for furthering their education, or paying off existing school loans. Kendra received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of West Florida. She was a fundraising professional for Friends of the Children, a mentoring organization for at-risk youth in the Portland, Oregon metro area. She began her graduate studies in Oriental Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and then transferred to the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin, where she is currently enrolled.

Kendra believes that the synergy of oriental medicine inspires deep healing in mind, body and spirit. She envisions a future practice, possibly here in Tallahassee, that would combine acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and lifestyle coaching to assist, and be affordable for, people from all walks of life to achieve and maintain a healthy and satisfying life. She sees nutrition as a very important part of a holistic approach, and will be working on a clinical nutrition certificate as well. Visit Kendra’s website, www.KendraLay.com, for whole food recipes and more.

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