With the establishment of the Bette Hopper Scholarship in 1979, over 300 students have been awarded educational scholarships.
Scholarships named in memory of Myrlene Kennedy, Bette Hopper, Eunice Kennedy, Gailya Harris, Janie Straughn, Trombatore/Powdrell Family, and Jeff Howison.
The Friendswood High School Musical has presented scholarship opportunities to its graduating cast, crew and pit band members over the last 52 years. With the establishment of the Bette Hopper Scholarship in 1979, over 350 students have been awarded educational scholarships. Participation must be in Friendswood High School musicals.
This Scholarship is given to a student who has been in at least two musicals and has demonstrated dedication through excellent performance in this year’s production.
|2020 – Taylor Greny & Eric Jensen||2018 – Garrett McGregor|
|2019 – William Clyburn|
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.
|2020 – Robbie Hope, Taylor Campbell||2006 – Trudy Taylor, Tyler Millen|
|2019 – Jake Henkels, Presley Wilson||2005 – Eryn Pendley, Eric Van Hal|
|2018 – Tyler Pittman, Jacquelin Kutz||2004 – Alison Hunter|
|2017 – Yarden Barr, Cade Tucker||2003 – Sami Montemayor, Brian Y’Barbo|
|2016 – Jordan Elguezabal, Brian Chew||2002 – Rachel Kyle, Luke Kirkwood|
|2015 – Lucinda Culver, Caleb Petty||2001 – Sarah Salinas, Todd Norris|
|2014 – Dylan Dickens, Julia Conger||2000 – Emily Latour, Cody Easterbrook|
|2013 – Nathan Stevens, Kayla Cox||1999 – Meredith Savage, John Panzarella|
|2012 – Caleb Wimer, Victoria Vaughn||1998 – Shauna McLean, Brian Jarrell|
|2011 – Abbey Griffon, Joshua Karam||1997 – Truley Welch, Shawn Pace|
|2010 – Michelle Wallace, Benjamin Watt||1996 – Wendy Ward, Christopher Ming|
|2009 – Rachel Davidson, Derek Schilling||1995 – Stephanie Schmutz, Richie Ramsey|
|2008 – Heather Limmer, Seth Ramsey||1994 – Courtney F. Wissinger, Mark D. Posey|
|2007 – Kassie Parker, Baker Goldsmith||1993 – Julie Candy, Sterling Schmutz|
|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.
|2020 – Anna McHenry||2006 – Caitlin Hales||1992 – Christi Gilchrist|
|2019 – Madyson Walker||2005 – Isaac Bourgeois||1991 – Sally Littlefield|
|2018 – Garrett Morris||2004 – Jennifer Richards||1990 – Rhett Perry|
|2017 – Alex Rudd||2003 – Mary Beth Townsend||1989 – Fred Nelson|
|2016 – Connor Henry||2002 – Jessica Schmale||1988 – Kimberly Hamilton|
|2015 – Audrey McKee||2001 – Katie Purcell||1987 – Jay Duffer|
|2014 – Max Bowen||2000 – Jared Bourgeois||1986 – Melissa Amburn|
|2013 – Tommy Stuart||1999 – Amber Human||1985 – Amy Adair|
|2012 – Jillian Landers||1998 – Christopher Blessitt||1984 – Johnathan Yancey|
|2011 – Jeff Allison||1997 – Brooke Beauchamp||1983 – J.J. Hopkins|
|2010 – Elizabeth Conger||1996 – Brittany Goldsmith||1982 – Mary Belan|
|2009 – Nick Vennekotter||1995 – Kenny Black||1981 – Laurie Womack|
|2008 – Luke Landers||1994 – Cristina Quevedo||1980 – Tony Hancock|
|2007 – Caleb Brown||1993 – Andy Andrew||1979 – Nancy Nelson|
|2006 – Caitlin Hales|
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.
|2020 – Margaret Otto, Emily Vu||2010 – Meagan Holmes|
|2019 – Aidan O’Donnell, Alex Mata||2009 – Andy Newton, Colin David|
|2018 – Jacob Jaime, Jacob Vegas||2008 – Not Awarded|
|2017 – Ash Davis, Joseph LeBlanc||2007 – Jason Finch|
|2016 – Noelle Zoch, Jordan Foster||2006 – Jon Stewart|
|2015 – Cassidy Weeks, Abby Mapp||2005 – Cale Borne|
|2014 – Regan Hughes, Michael Otto||2004 – Not Awarded|
|2013 – Kyle Thomasson, Blake Sokora||2003 – Not Awarded|
|2012 – Jon Olansen||2002 – Adam Bourgeois|
|2011 – Kaylee Huff|
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.
|2019 – Discontinued||1998 – Kara Felder, Justin Weatherall|
|2018 – Andrea Beasley||1997 – Christina Roberts, Gavin Everett|
|2017 – Dante Marcuccio, Lauren Podlewsk||1996 – Gina Quevedo, Indi Wijay|
|2016 – Bodie Lowe||1995 – Jillian Sweeney, Travis Watson|
|2015 – Anne Balderrama||1994 – Georgeanne McLean, Trey Welch|
|2014 – Samantha McHenry||1993 – Sherran Manning, Bo Goodgame|
|2013 – Vinnie Mahal||1992 – Kristen Sanitlli, Kevin Kabell|
|2012 – Kenny Boggs, Anna Drake||1991 – Kristan Johnson, Owen Egerton|
|2011 – Mason Conrad, Blythe Dever||1990 – Wendi Rodgers, Chris Mezzino|
|2010 – Chase Harris, Teagan Batts||1989 – Ashley Sloan, Gabe Santos|
|2009 – Ryan Frenk, Jennifer Finch||1988 – Leslie Bell, Jeff Oldham|
|2008 – Leanna Swain, Zane Forsythe||1987 – Molly Smith, Bobby Senter|
|2007 – Megan Krusleski Peter Bourgeois||1986 – Jennie Anderson, Bobby Paul|
|2006 – Whitney Smith, David Attebury||1985 – Kelly Wick|
|2005 – Alyson Currey, Mitchell Blanchard||1984 – Jana Mora, Brian Larrison|
|2004 – Ryan Mora, Jason Barringer||1983 – Kimberly Paul, Chris Smith|
|2003 – Colette Currie, Conor O’Neill||1982 – Karen Svejkovsky, Chad Smith|
|2002 – Megan Shuffle, David Deatherage||1981 – Nona Nelson, Van Williams|
|2001 – Jessica Richards, Bj Warminski||1980 – Lori Boyd, Kelly Williams|
|2000 – Mandy Thomas, Danny Kirkwood||1979 – Catherine Carter|
|1999 – Carrie Devescovi, Wes Hickey|
The Espirit De Corps Scholarship was established in 2020 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 the assignment and the directors know the presence of this student made a difference in the success of the show.
2020 – Keana Jazdyk
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.”
2019 – Discontinued
|2014 – Julia Robinson||2010 – Hannah Vaughn|
|2018 – Not Awarded||2013 – Haley Hoff||2009 – Charles Easterly|
|2017 – Kyle Dickens||2012 – Aaron Arribe||2008 – Grace Hawkins|
|2016 – Clint Goodwin||2011 – Chris Harris||2007 – Brittany Disiere|
|2015 – Shelby Allison||2006 – Laura Nerstra|
The Gailya Harris Scholarship was first established to be presented to a Friendswood High School student who is a three-year senior. 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.
|2020 – Brittany Harris, Thomas Massey||2005 – Molly Black|
|2019 – Rory Sims, Victoria Robles||2004 – Sam Robinson|
|2018 – Emily Mesa||2003 – Kenton Kirkpatrick|
|2017 – Katie Sharp, Max Morgan||2002 – Chris Harris|
|2016 – Madeline Rhew, Connor Krusleski||2001 – Bobby Kirkpatrick|
|2015 – Jana Landers, Jon Yawn||2000 – Barrett Goldsmith|
|2014 – Jenny Plackemeier, Troy Beckman||1999 – Ryan Maslak|
|2013 – Haley Holtje, Conner Borne||1998 – John Ramsey|
|2012 – Elisabeth Del Toro, Mason Patterson||1997 – Kevin Held|
|2011 – Audrey Bounds, Chris Hailey||1996 – Rollin Weatherall|
|2010 – Catherine Goode||1995 – Sara Kabell|
|2009 – Carly Taylor||1994 – Tanya Santilli|
|2008 – Chase Borne||1993 – Kris Rives|
|2007 – Michelle Bossert||1992 – Michael Hughes|
|2006 – Paul Stuart|
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.
|2020 – Meg Dodson||2017 – Not Awarded||2014 – Not Awarded|
|2019 – Trey Hahn||2016 – Brian Cianciolo||2013 – Not Awarded|
|2018 – Meredith Fraga||2015 – 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.
|2020 – Kyle Holcombe, Jana Ryan||2011 – Cam Morris, Meredith DuBose|
|2019 – Fedor Aglyamov, Sydney Oller||2010 – Ben Peck, Lauren Parker|
|2018 – Sydney Antill, Tyler Phelps||2009 – James VanMatre, Emily Townsend|
|2017 – Gabi Rodriguez. Clayton Senter||2008 – Andrea Richards, Colton Royle|
|2016 – Summer Bockart, Nathan Drake||2007 – Audrey Huffman, Tyler Beveridge|
|2015 – Kirsten Hill, Joshua Thomas||2006 – Amanda Nerstra, David Harris|
|2014 – Austin Melis, Emily McMahon||2005 – Courtney Dowden, Matt Koncaba|
|2013 – Kyle Sanders, Ellie Herder||2004 – Meghan Jarrell, Erin Scott|
|2012 – Michael Burke||2003 – Jennifer Dupont, Caleb Brown|
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 Mills Family Mustang Scholarship established in 2019 to honor a student who has done two or more musicals and is highly involved in other FHS extracurricular activities. A true Mustang.
|2020 – Sadie Gilbreath||2019 – Garrett Turner|
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.
|2020 – Soleil Gignac||2013 – Claburn Bradshaw||2005 – Ethan Barcak|
|2019 – Gracie Ruiz||2012 – Molly Rogers||2004 – John Zendt|
|2018 – Emily King||2011 – Alex Mata||2003 – Brandon Nowalk|
|2017 – Logan Newsom||2010 – Bryce Burton||2002 – Sarah Zoghbi|
|2016 – Meghan Perry||2009 – Ryan Miniot||2001 – Ryan Russell|
|2015 – Meryl Sager||2008 – Kelli Philp||2000 – Nick Skeen|
|2014 – Trey Hamby||2007 – Jill Swindells||1999 – Greg Goff|
|2006 – Austin Howell|
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.
|2020 – Caitlin Cordero||2013 – Jacob Gruener||2006 – Bob Eason|
|2019 – Jaxon Rives||2012 – Scott Morse||2005 – Michelle Wang|
|2018 – Sasha Litvinov||2011 – Chelsea Lott||2004 – Taylor Cox|
|2017 – Marissa Halvorson||2010 – Jeremy Poast||2003 – Angelica Spradley|
|2016 – Tyler Bandini||2009 – Clark Hibbs||2002 – Robbie Wang|
|2015 – Chris Chao||2008 – Daniel Brownfield||2001 – Stephanie Gaudiano|
|2014 – Taylor Stump||2007 – Travis Urban||2000 – Neil Gibson|
Originally called The Trombatore Family Scholarship, this 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. Upon the director Kathy Powdrell’s husband’s (Earle) death in 2019 the scholarship has been renamed The Powdrell Family Scholarship.
|2020 – Ethan Evans||2014 – Mitchell Mills||2008 – Ryan Berry|
|2019 – Jordyn Westcott||2013 – Merritt Rowley||2007 – Jacob Burns|
|2018 – Nancy Otto||2012 – Andrew Philp||2006 – Jake Potter|
|2017 – Max Rittenhouse||2011 – Paul Kerstiens||2005 – Matt Rickard|
|2016 – Sarah Jacobson||2010 – Was Not Given||2004 – Ryan Kistenmacher|
|2015 – Was Not Given||2009 – Trevor Janecek||2003 – Matt Timme|
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.
|2020 – Ashley Adams||2013 – Aaron Hollaway||2006 – Laurianne Balkum|
|2019 – Jonah Cloyd||2012 – Connor Tones||2005 – Katie Davidson|
|2018 – Tara Davenport||2011 – Justin Barringer||2004 – Lauren Kyle|
|2017 – Elaina Roher||2010 – Solange Mainer||2003 – Courtney Smith|
|2016 – Gina Baker||2009 – Thuy Tran||2002 – Henna Tayyeb|
|2015 – Mackenzie Henderson||2008 – Kristen Moffatt||2001 – Addie Robinson|
|2014 – Marissa Froneberger||2007 – Robert Dinjar||2000 – Angie Payne|