Fun City Chorus Scholarship Honorees 2023


Natalie Shunk

Natalie Shunk is the winner of the Bill James Memorial Scholarship, awarded in honor of one of the founding members of FCC. Bill was an outstanding leader and revered member of our chorus. Natalie is an outstanding vocalist and has sung in numerous choirs and ensembles in her high school career. She was a member of the Arkansas All State Choir (3 times), Arkansas All Region Choir (3 times), the American Choral Society Directors Choir (’23), and the Southwest American Choral Directors Choir (’22). She plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University and major in Recording Industry and participate in Classical Voice.


Kaden Mays

Kaden Mays is the winner of the Morgan Weston Memorial Scholarship, awarded in honor of another beloved former member of FCC. Morgan was a chorus leader and integral member of Fun City, and established many programs still in use by the chorus. Kaden is an outstanding
musician specializing in trumpet. He was a multiple selection for the All Region Band, the Four States Honor Band, Wind Symphony, and was an integral part of the Lake Hamilton Marching Band throughout his Junior High and Senior High years. Kaden will attend the University of Arkansas where he will major in Music Education, and will play in the Razorback Marching Band.


Mary James donates to the Bill James Memorial Scholarship

For High School Seniors Entering College Next Fall

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The Fun City Chorus intends to award annual scholarships each year to students who intend to participate in a music program at their chosen two or four year institution. Although the goal is to award four to five scholarships totaling $3000 each year, the actual number of scholarships and amount of award money may be different each year. Since 2012, the chorus has awarded over $25,000 to freshman and sophomore recipients.

These scholarships will be used for tuition, fees, and/or books only and are awarded with the intent that this lightens the financial burden of these budding musicians.

The names of the scholarship recipients will be listed here once all scholarships are accepted.

General Timeline for 2023 Scholarship Applicants

February Announcements of scholarship availability are sent to area high school counselors and music teachers.
April 10 Application deadline
April-May Applications are reviewed by the Chorus and top qualifiers are submitted to the Scholarship Selection Committee (established by the National Park Community College Foundation).
May 15 Finalists are announced.
August Scholarship funds are paid directly to the student's account at his or her college or university.