Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has awarded scholarships to deserving students through its new scholarship program. Four up-and-coming artists were presented with $1,000 scholarships for studies in a college or conservatory program in the arts or arts management for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Todd Bellamy II and Maicy Powell received Marie McKee and Robert Cole Artistic Development Scholarship Awards. Charlotte Corporan and Jatavian Peterson received Artistic Development Fund Scholarships.To be eligible, participants must have performed on the WBTT stage in at least two productions, worked at WBTT as an intern or have been a participant in the WBTT Stage of Discovery summer musical theater intensive program.

Bellamy, 17, has participated in Stage of Discovery since its founding four years ago and has performed with WBTT in “Raisin” and “Black Nativity.” He plans to study theater at Florida A&M University in the fall.

Powell, 18, who has also attended Stage of Discovery, performed in WBTT's “Black Nativity” in 2018 and wrote, produced and performed in her own Young Artist Showcase – with two sold-out shows – at WBTT this year. She plans to attend Howard University to complete her bachelor's degree in finance with a minor in musical theater / theater production.

Corporan, 18, is a talented musician who attended Stage of Discovery for the first time this summer. She will attend Rollins College to study music performance and education.

Peterson, 18, participated in Stage of Discovery the past two years. He plans to study musical theater at Pace University.

"My true calling in founding this organization has always been to help young aspiring artists to develop their talents and have the opportunity to achieve success," said WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs. "We are thrilled to be able to contribute financially to the arts education of these students and look forward to expanding the scholarship program in years to come."

— Submitted by Sharon Kunkel