Bette Hopper,
Eunice Kennedy,
Gailya Harris,
Janie Straughn,
Mrs. Trombatore,
Mr. Trombatore,
Jeff Howison

With the establishment of the Bette Hopper Scholarship in 1979, over 300 students have been awarded educational scholarships.

The Friendswood High School Musical has presented scholarship opportunities to its graduating cast, crew and pit band members over the last 45 years. With the establishment of the Bette Hopper Scholarship in 1979, over 300 students have been awarded educational scholarships. Participation must be in Friendswood High School musicals.
The Best Supporting Actor and Actress Scholarship goes to the graduating seniors selected by the directors for having demonstrated an outstanding performance in a supporting role in the current musical production. The award is presented following the second Saturday night’s performance. Prior to 1997, this scholarship was known as the Trusty Best Supporting Actor and Actress Scholarship.

2017 – Yarden Barr, Cade Tucker 2004 – Alison Hunter
2016 – Jordan Elguezabal, Brian Chew 2003 – Sami Montemayor, Brian Y’Barbo
2015 – Lucinda Culver, Caleb Petty 2002 – Rachel Kyle, Luke Kirkwood
2014 – Dylan Dickens, Julia Conger 2001 – Sarah Salinas, Todd Norris
2013 – Nathan Stevens, Kayla Cox 2000 – Emily Latour, Cody Easterbrook
2012 – Caleb Wimer, Victoria Vaughn 1999 – Meredith Savage, John Panzarella
2011 – Abbey Griffon, Joshua Karam 1998 – Shauna McLean, Brian Jarrell
2010 – Michelle Wallace, Benjamin Watt 1997 – Truley Welch, Shawn Pace
2009 – Rachel Davidson, Derek Schilling 1996 – Wendy Ward, Christopher Ming
2008 – Heather Limmer, Seth Ramsey 1995 – Stephanie Schmutz, Richie Ramsey
2007 – Kassie Parker, Baker Goldsmith 1994 – Courtney F. Wissinger, Mark D. Posey
2006 – Trudy Taylor, Tyler Millen 1993 – Julie Candy, Sterling Schmutz
2005 – Eryn Pendley, Eric Van Hal 1992 – Angie Rodgers, Dan Seckel
The Bette Hopper Scholarship Fund was established prior to the 1979 production of “Guys and Dolls” to be awarded to a Friendswood High School student who has participated in at least three FHS musicals. The scholarship is in memory of Bette Hopper who played the piano as accompanist for all the FHS musicals from 1969 to 1975, except in 1971 when she had her first bout with cancer. Between 1976 and 1978 she assisted during rehearsals and tryouts. Mrs. Hopper was dedicated to the musicals, even when she did not have a child attending the high school. She lost her fight with cancer in the summer of 1978. Bette would be proud to know her legacy continued when her great grandson Paul Birmingham appeared in the Children’s Band for The Music Man 2011.

You must be a graduating senior, must be a cast member of the current musical, must have participated in three Friendswood High School musicals, must have been a cast member in two of the three musicals participated in, must submit a resume of their high school activities and a letter stating why they should receive the scholarship. The final selection will be made by a committee composed of the directors. The scholarship will be presented following the second Saturday night’s performance.

2017 – Alex Rudd 2004 – Jennifer Richards 1991 – Sally Littlefield
2016 – Connor Henry 2003 – Mary Beth Townsend 1990 – Rhett Perry
2015 – Audrey McKee 2002 – Jessica Schmale 1989 – Fred Nelson
2014 – Max Bowen 2001 – Katie Purcell 1988 – Kimberly Hamilton
2013 – Tommy Stuart 2000 – Jared Bourgeois 1987 – Jay Duffer
2012 – Jillian Landers 1999 – Amber Human 1986 – Melissa Amburn
2011 – Jeff Allison 1998 – Christopher Blessitt 1985 – Amy Adair
2010 – Elizabeth Conger 1997 – Brooke Beauchamp 1984 – Johnathan Yancey
2009 – Nick Vennekotter 1996 – Brittany Goldsmith 1983 – J.J. Hopkins
2008 – Luke Landers 1995 – Kenny Black 1982 – Mary Belan
2007 – Caleb Brown 1994 – Cristina Quevedo 1981 – Laurie Womack
2006 – Caitlin Hales 1993 – Andy Andrew 1980 – Tony Hancock
2005 – Isaac Bourgeois 1992 – Christi Gilchrist 1979 – Nancy Nelson
The Directors’ Choice Scholarship was established in 2002 to honor a student that had participated in the FHS Musical for three or more years as a member of the cast, crew and/or pit band. This student must be a graduating senior, must be nominated by one of the directors, and posses the qualities of dedication, hard working, dependability, and loyalty. This scholarship will be given on an as needed basis as determined by the directors.

2017 – Ash Davis, Joseph LeBlanc 2009 – Andy Newton, Colin David
2016 – Noelle Zoch, Jordan Foster 2008 – Not Awarded
2015 – Cassidy Weeks, Abby Mapp 2007 – Jason Finch
2014 – Regan Hughes, Michael Otto 2006 – Jon Stewart
2013 – Kyle Thomasson, Blake Sokora 2005 – Cale Borne
2012 – Jon Olansen 2004 – Not Awarded
2011 – Kaylee Huff 2003 – Not Awarded
2010 – Meagan Holmes 2002 – Adam Bourgeois
The Eunice Kennedy Outstanding Musical Award was established in 1979 to honor the student or students selected by the directors and their fellow cast members as having demonstrated an outstanding performance in the current musical production. The award is named in honor of Eunice Kennedy, mother of Myrlene Kennedy, director or producer of all but two of the musical productions held at Friendswood High School.

Mrs. Kennedy was a strong supporter of all Friendswood High School activities for twenty-eight years. She attended almost every performance of the first nineteen musicals presented at Friendswood and was deeply honored when the Eunice Kennedy Outstanding Musical Award was established.

The 1988 “Mame” Cast, Crew, and Pit Band honored the memory of Mrs. Kennedy who passed away November 8, 1987 with the presentation of the plaque which hangs in the foyer of the auditorium. The 1988 production of “Mame” was also presented in her honor.

Cast members eligible for selection must be seniors, be nominated by the directors, and be selected by their fellow cast members. Once senior boy and one senior girl are selected to receive the honor each year. The award is presented following the second Saturday night’s performance. In 1981, a scholarship was established for this award.

2017 – Dante Marcuccio, Lauren Podlewsk 1997 – Christina Roberts, Gavin Everett
2016 – Bodie Lowe 1996 – Gina Quevedo, Indi Wijay
2015 – Anne Balderrama 1995 – Jillian Sweeney, Travis Watson
2014 – Samantha McHenry 1994 – Georgeanne McLean, Trey Welch
2013 – Vinnie Mahal 1993 – Sherran Manning, Bo Goodgame
2012 – Kenny Boggs, Anna Drake 1992 – Kristen Sanitlli, Kevin Kabell
2011 – Mason Conrad, Blythe Dever 1991 – Kristan Johnson, Owen Egerton
2010 – Chase Harris, Teagan Batts 1990 – Wendi Rodgers, Chris Mezzino
2009 – Ryan Frenk, Jennifer Finch 1989 – Ashley Sloan, Gabe Santos
2008 – Leanna Swain, Zane Forsythe 1988 – Leslie Bell, Jeff Oldham
2007 – Megan Krusleski Peter Bourgeois 1987 – Molly Smith, Bobby Senter
2006 – Whitney Smith, David Attebury 1986 – Jennie Anderson, Bobby Paul
2005 – Alyson Currey, Mitchell Blanchard 1985 – Kelly Wick
2004 – Ryan Mora, Jason Barringer 1984 – Jana Mora, Brian Larrison
2003 – Colette Currie, Conor O’Neill 1983 – Kimberly Paul, Chris Smith
2002 – Megan Shuffle, David Deatherage 1982 – Karen Svejkovsky, Chad Smith
2001 – Jessica Richards, Bj Warminski 1981 – Nona Nelson, Van Williams
2000 – Mandy Thomas, Danny Kirkwood 1980 – Lori Boyd, Kelly Williams
1999 – Carrie Devescovi, Wes Hickey 1979 – Catherine Carter
1998 – Kara Felder, Justin Weatherall
The Everett Scholarship was established in 2006 by June Everett to be presented to a Friendswood High School student who has participated in four FHS musicals and who has demonstrated the true meaning of “Espirit De Corps” – “in the spirit of the group.” The graduating senior selected by the directors is one who may have never had a solo, made the front row of a dance, uttered a single word from the stage, or be named stage manager, head of the light crew or sound crew, or played first chair in the pit band. But they did make every rehearsal, gave 110% to the musical regardless of their assignment and the directors know the presence of this student made a difference in the success of the show.

Mrs. Everett’s son, Gavin (’97) , appeared in four FHS musicals during his high school career including “My Fair Lady”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music.”

2017 – Kyle Dickens 2013 – Haley Hoff 2009 – Charles Easterly
2016 – Clint Goodwin 2012 – Aaron Arribe 2008 – Grace Hawkins
2015 – Shelby Allison 2011 – Chris Harris 2007 – Brittany Disiere
2014 – Julia Robinson 2010 – Hannah Vaughn 2006 – Laura Nerstra
The Gailya Harris Scholarship was first established to be presented to a Friendswood High School student who has participated in four FHS musicals. Beginning in 2011 the Harris Family decided to give the scholarship to two FHS students a year. The scholarship is in memory of Gailya Harris, the mother of four FHS students – Graduates Holly, Hunter, Chad and Rodney. Gailya was best described as a dedicated wife and mother.

Gaiyla’s first contact with the FHS musicals came in 1987 when her daughter, Holly, played in the pit band. In 1987 Hunter joined the cast of “Mame”, and not long after Gaiyla said, “I wish you would get Chad involved.”

With Chad also making his stage debut in 1988, the show business bug had taken hold of the Harris family. Chad went on to play lead parts in The Music Man and in The Pajama Game, and Rodney joined the tradition in 1990 when he followed in the footsteps of his brothers and sister and became part of the FHS Musical Family. When Ed talked about this scholarship, he said, “Gailya really loved the musical.” This love was demonstrated by many things.

You would often find Gailya and Ed sitting in the back of the auditorium during rehearsals enjoying every minute of it. She wasn’t just an observer, she served on several of the parent committees. Her final contribution was working to ensure that the cast party for The Pajama Game would be a great success. She loved being part of her children’s school activities, and was always there to give her support. Gailya died May 12, 1990, following a short battle with cancer. Her quick smile and willingness to help in any way possible is missed by her family and the friends that knew and loved her.

The second generation of the Harris family appeared in the 2011 production of The Music Man when two of Chad’s daughters Jordynne and Brittany appeared in The Children’s Band.

2017 – Katie Sharp, Max Morgan 2004 – Sam Robinson
2016 – Madeline Rhew, Connor Krusleski 2003 – Kenton Kirkpatrick
2015 – Jana Landers, Jon Yawn 2002 – Chris Harris
2014 – Jenny Plackemeier, Troy Beckman 2001 – Bobby Kirkpatrick
2013 – Haley Holtje, Conner Borne 2000 – Barrett Goldsmith
2012 – Elisabeth Del Toro, Mason Patterson 1999 – Ryan Maslak
2011 – Audrey Bounds, Chris Hailey 1998 – John Ramsey
2010 – Catherine Goode 1997 – Kevin Held
2009 – Carly Taylor 1996 – Rollin Weatherall
2008 – Chase Borne 1995 – Sara Kabell
2007 – Michelle Bossert 1994 – Tanya Santilli
2006 – Paul Stuart 1993 – Kris Rives
2005 – Molly Black 1992 – Michael Hughes
The Jeff Howison Technical Lighting Scholarship is being established for the 2012 musical to honor a student or students selected by the directors as having demonstrated outstanding work in the area of lighting for two or more years. The scholarship is named in honor of Jeff “Howie” Howison, a 1986 graduate who began his lighting career at Friendswood Junior High, continued at Friendswood High School working in four high school musicals as a student and over 20 FHS musicals after graduation. Jeff continued his passion for lighting through college at Panola Jr. College and Sam Houston State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Radio/Television & Film and went on to become a Gaffer & Best Boy Electrician in the TV and film industry. Jeff’s support of the musical continued long after graduation, always ready to help when the call came and he heard the all to familiar words from Dr. K., “Jeff, I need your help…I have a problem.” He knew the auditorium like the back of his hand and could solve most problems. During the time his daughter Kelsei was in high school, he put on another hat as he worked with the Crew Dads, along side Kelsei as she served as a member of the crew for South Pacific, Hello, Dolly! and My Fair Lady.

A young man with a gift of “gab,” unquestionable loyalty, extreme dedication, a Mustang through and through who never forgot his roots, a true friend who fought a good fight and was courageous until the end of his battle with cancer on September 7, 2011. Jeff is missed by many, but few miss him more than Dr. K and the musical family.

2017 – Not Awarded 2015 – Not Awarded 2013 – Not Awarded
2016 – Brian Cianciolo 2014 – Not Awarded 2012 – Meghan Rutledge
The Kirkwood Scholarship has been established to be presented to two Friendswood High School students who have participated in two or more FHS musicals in the cast, crew and/or pit band. Dr. Bo and Cherry Kirkwood created this scholarship to honor their sons, Danny (’00), a two year FHS musical cast member and Luke (’02), a four year FHS musical cast/pit band member.

2017 – Gabi Rodriguez. Clayton Senter 2009 – James VanMatre, Emily Townsend
2016 – Summer Bockart, Nathan Drake 2008 – Andrea Richards, Colton Royle
2015 – Kirsten Hill, Joshua Thomas 2007 – Audrey Huffman, Tyler Beveridge
2014 – Austin Melis, Emily McMahon 2006 – Amanda Nerstra, David Harris
2013 – Kyle Sanders, Ellie Herder 2005 – Courtney Dowden, Matt Koncaba
2012 – Michael Burke 2004 – Meghan Jarrell, Erin Scott
2011 – Cam Morris, Meredith DuBose 2003 – Jennifer Dupont, Caleb Brown
2010 – Ben Peck, Lauren Parker
The Lois Kennedy Harper Musical Scholarship was established in 1995 to honor a student nominated, but not selected for a musical scholarship, by the directors. This student must be a graduating senior, must have participated in three Friendswood High School musicals, and must have been nominated by one of the directors for either the Harris, Hopper, Kennedy, or Best Supporting Actor and Actress Scholarship.

2014 – Discontinued
2013 – Not Awarded
2012 – Michael Gregory, Kalli Delka
2011 – Lindsey Landers
2010 – Ashley Dinjar
2009 – Emma Baker, Allen Kirkpatrick
2008 – Not Awarded
2007 – Not Awarded
2006 – Erin Arnold
2005 – Melissa Limmer
2004 – Whitney Fields
2003 – Amy Ellisor
2002 – Blair Beltz
2001 – Kevin Pierson
2000 – Jenny Haslund
1999 – Bobby Kessling
1998 – Not Awarded
1997 – Mary Ellisor
1996 – Not Awarded
1995 – Stephen Paul
The McLean Scholarship has been established to be presented to a Friendswood High School student who has participated in two or more FHS musicals as a crew member. Mark and Lynn McLean are the parents of two FHS graduates, Georgeanne (’94) and Shauna (’98). Both participated in four FHS musicals during their high school careers.

2017 – Logan Newsom 2011 – Alex Mata 2004 – John Zendt
2016 – Meghan Perry 2010 – Bryce Burton 2003 – Brandon Nowalk
2015 – Meryl Sager 2009 – Ryan Miniot 2002 – Sarah Zoghbi
2014 – Trey Hamby 2008 – Kelli Philp 2001 – Ryan Russell
2013 – Claburn Bradshaw 2007 – Jill Swindells 2000 – Nick Skeen
2012 – Molly Rogers 2006 – Austin Howell 1999 – Greg Goff
2005 – Ethan Barcak
The Piano Lady Pit Band Scholarship was established in 2000, by Jim and Laurie Purcell to be presented to a Friendswood High School student who has participated in the pit band for two or more FHS musicals. The scholarship is named in memory of Ken Arnold, father of Laurie Purcell (musical accompanist for eight years). Mr. Arnold was an accomplished trumpet player and attended the FHS musicals during the time his grandchildren participated in the musical. Both of the Purcell children participated in the musical during their high school careers. Jake (‘98) worked on the light and sound crew for four years and Katie (‘01) participated in four musicals.

2017 – Marissa Halvorson 2011 – Chelsea Lott 2005 – Michelle Wang
2016 – Tyler Bandini 2010 – Jeremy Poast 2004 – Taylor Cox
2015 – Chris Chao 2009 – Clark Hibbs 2003 – Angelica Spradley
2014 – Taylor Stump 2008 – Daniel Brownfield 2002 – Robbie Wang
2013 – Jacob Gruener 2007 – Travis Urban 2001 – Stephanie Gaudiano
2012 – Scott Morse 2006 – Bob Eason 2000 – Neil Gibson
The Straughn Scholarship has been established to be presented to a Friendswood High School student who has participated in the chorus of three or more FHS musicals.The scholarship is named in honor of Mary Jane Straughn, mother of Jane Ann Quevedo, vocal music director of 20 FHS musicals.

Mrs. Straughn was an accomplished musician herself and attended many FHS musicals during the time her granddaughters, Cristina in five (1994) and Gina in four (1996), appeared in FHS musicals.

2017 – Elaina Roher 2011 – Justin Barringer 2005 – Katie Davidson
2016 – Gina Baker 2010 – Solange Mainer 2004 – Lauren Kyle
2015 – Mackenzie Henderson 2009 – Thuy Tran 2003 – Courtney Smith
2014 – Marissa Froneberger 2008 – Kristen Moffatt 2002 – Henna Tayyeb
2013 – Aaron Hollaway 2007 – Robert Dinjar 2001 – Addie Robinson
2012 – Connor Tones 2006 – Laurianne Balkum 2000 – Angie Payne
The Trombatore Family Scholarship was established in 2003 to honor a Friendswood High School student who has demonstrated outstanding technical work as a crew member for two or more FHS musicals. The scholarship is named in honor of the memory of Mr. and Mrs. B.C. Trombatore, parents of Kathy Powdrell, director of the FHS Musical and grandchildren, Jason Huff, who appeared in three musicals (1991), Kristen Huff, one musical (1994), Powdy Powdrell (2000), who appeared in four musicals, and Lindsey Powdrell (2001) who participated in Pit Band and crew for four musicals and great grandparents of Kaylee Huff (2011), who appeared in four musicals and Sydney Huff, a member of The Children’s Band in the 2011 production of The Music Man.

The Trombatores were lifelong theatre goers and attended many FHS musicals in support of their grandchildren and daughter. The Trombatores were lifelong theatre goers and attended many FHS musicals in support of their grandchildren and daughter.

2017 – Max Rittenhouse 2012 – Andrew Philp 2007 – Jacob Burns
2016 – Sarah Jacobson 2011 – Paul Kerstiens 2006 – Jake Potter
2015 – Was not given 2010 – Was not given 2005 – Matt Rickard
2014 – Mitchell Mills 2009 – Trevor Janecek 2004 – Ryan Kistenmacher
2013 – Merritt Rowley 2008 – Ryan Berry 2003 – Matt Timme