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The Dewey Kennedy Scholarship Fund was started in 1996 in memory of Dewey Kennedy who probably loved the dance, junior shaggers, and the camaraderie as much as anybody around. Although the idea and the original funding for the scholarship were started by CSA dancers as a way to honor and remember Dewey, the means to fund the scholarship each year since comes from various groups, individual contributions, and fundraisers.
The scholarship fund is now a part of the Hall of Fame Foundation and recipients are chosen by foundation directors Norfleet Jones, Ron Whisenant, Geoff Burdick, and Mandy Holt Roberts.
Applications are due the second week of January and the scholarship winner is announced at the Keeper of the Dance weekend in February in North Myrtle Beach.
All Donations to the scholarship fund should be made to the Hall of Fame Foundation and specified FOR the Dewey Kennedy Scholarship Fund.
PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS INCLUDE:
1997- GRAYSON SMITH
1998 - LEANNE BEST
1999 - JESSICA MCALHANEY
2000 - NIKKI KONTOULAS
2001 - LESLIE MELTON
2003 - KATHLEEN GOODMAN & JESSICA FLORI
2004 - KELLY RUMFELT
2005 - JOSH KEY
2006 - CHRISTINA WOODRUFF & MATTHEW FLOYD
2009 - BRADY ELLIS
2010 - BROOKLYN FILLINGER
2011 - KRYSTAL BRAVO
2012 - KAILYN ELLIS
2013 - JEREMY WEBB
2014 - TAYLOR PERKINSON
2015 - CAMERON DAVIS
2016- KELLY FLOYD
2017 - KAYLEE BRAVO
2018 - ALLISON PITTMAN
Scholarship Application Instructions (2019 deadline to apply TBA)
The Dewey Kennedy Scholarship is open to high school seniors and college students. Applications are due at the first of the year and the award recipient is announced in February at the Keeper of the Dance weekend in North Myrtle Beach.
Below is an image link that leads to a printable version of the Dewey Kennedy Scholarship Application. The form is written with Adobe Acrobat. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the application. The Adobe link below will take you to their site for you to download the program if you desire.
Dewey Kennedy Application:
For applications to be considered you must respond to the following prompts by combining them into a single essay that has a minimum of 1500 words:
A) Your long term life goals and how the college you have chosen will assist with those goals
B) Why you think the shag dance & its music has spanned over three generations and what you are going to do to help keep the dance and the lifestyle alive for the next three generations
C) Why we should pick you as this year’s Dewey Kennedy scholarship recipient
The completed application, any applicable school transcripts, and the entry essay must be returned by the January deadline of the year you are seeking assistance for.
Please mail your completed application to:
Dewey Kennedy Scholarship
C/O Hall of Fame Foundation
PO Box 4070
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597
If you have questions about the scholarship please contact Norfleet Jones at 843-361-2277
Please click the link below, print and complete the application (2019 Deadline TBA)
Dewey Kennedy Application
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