San Diego County Credit Union recognizes high school musical theatre stars through its sponsorship of the 2016 Ben Vereen Awards

Students and theatre departments encouraged to enter the Wellness Through the Arts Essay Contest as part of the annual awards program

SDCCU is proud to announce its third consecutive year of sponsoring the Ben Vereen Awards, a two-part competition for high school students who are talented in musical theatre, including vocal, dance and acting performance. Held in collaboration with Broadway/San Diego, the competition will be narrowed to two talented students, a male and female, whom will compete nationally in New York City. 

As part of this year’s awards program, SDCCU is also supporting the Ben Vereen Wellness Through the Arts Essay Contest. The contest is giving both high school students and high school drama departments the opportunity to tell their story for a chance to win $500 or $1,000. The theme for the contest is “My Best Day.” Either in an essay or video form, entrants can tell their story on how the arts has helped them overcome a personal problem, such as obesity, diabetes, low self-esteem or bullying.
“SDCCU is proud to support our community and once again sponsor the Ben Vereen Awards, which highlights talented youth here in San Diego,” said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Halleck. “We are honored to provide every student—with or without a formal theater department at their school—the opportunity to participate in this exciting competition.”
All currently enrolled San Diego County high school students, grades 9 through 12, are eligible to submit an essay/video. The top five individual entries will win $500. The deadline to enter a submission is 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 29, 2016. In addition, high school theatre departments are encouraged to collaborate on a project that includes creative video. The top theatre department entry will win $1,000.
For complete rules and submission information, visit  

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