Local Small Business Supports Recent Graduates with $16,000 in Arts Scholarships

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Students who choose to participate in the performing arts this fall in college receive financial support from local Training and Development company, Training Guidance Group.

In the wake of the recent World Choir Games, the Training Guidance Group (TGG), a local small business, recently announced the recipients of scholarships for students participating in the performing arts after graduation. Since July 2011, the Training Guidance Group has distributed $16,000 to students who have decided to participate in an arts-related activity in college.

“Music played a huge role in my life growing up,” says company president Charles Knippen, “and our company recognizes the immense power of the performing arts as part of an individual’s learning and development. TGG supports students who want to make the arts a part of their college experience, whether that is pursuing it as their major or just participating recreationally in something like band, choir, or other arts-related activities.”

Selected from candidates across the tri-state area, scholarship recipients were reviewed based on their application, resume, recommendations, and performance. The 2011–2012 winners, including several World Choir Games performers, are Shannon Beam (St. Ursula Academy), Faith Diehl (School for Creative and Performing Arts), Derek Harper (LaSalle High School), Katie Hoffecker (School for Creative and Performing Arts), Hayley King (Anderson High School), David Merten (Turpin High School), Holly Reckers (Mother of Mercy High School), Claire Schad (Little Miami High School), and Dorsey Ziller (McAuley High School).

When asked how the performing arts has impacted his educational experience, scholarship winner David Merten responded, “The arts have helped me succeed creatively and shaped me into a leader. I am extremely pleased to have the privilege to continue my path with the arts in college . . . Without the arts, I would not be the young man that I am today.”

“TGG congratulates each of these students on their accomplishments and wish them the best as they make their next step into college,” said Knippen. “TGG also thanks our clients who work with our great team, as a portion of our annual revenue is channeled directly into funding our performing arts scholarship program.”

About the Training Guidance Group
The Training Guidance Group is a nationwide network of leading trainers and event experts brought together to provide a comprehensive and consistent offering of training solutions, event management expertise, and customized programs. Providing off-site, on-site, and client-led instruction, we empower organizations to attain a higher level of results. Our customers come from a broad range of Fortune 1000 companies, leading nonprofits, as well as military and student-centric organizations. With over 50 years of combined experience, this nationwide network is committed to delivering results for a wide variety of organizations.

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