The Tred Avon Players have awarded David H. Foster scholarships to five Mid-Shore students who will use the funds to help further their college educations. This year’s recipients are Julia Gannon, Clair Gross, Catharine Jacobs, Michael J. McCormack and Summer Snead.

David H. Foster scholarships are awarded annually to students who are judged on their commitment to Mid-Shore community theater and contributions to TAP productions. They also must show a balance of community service, creativity and scholarship.

Julia Gannon plans to attend Washington College as a creative writing major in the fall. She has worked on many TAP plays, most recently “Cemetery Club.”

Claire Gross plan to study biology and anthropology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the fall. She wants to become a paleoanthropologist. Here most recent TAP show was “A Man of No Importance.”

A student at North Caroline High School, Catharine Jacobs has been a volunteer in a many shows, including TAP’s current production of “Lend Me a Tenor” as assistant director. She expects to attend Chesapeake College and later pursue a bachelor’s degree in teaching.

Michael J. McCormack has been involved in Mid-Shore theater productions on stage or behind the scenes for the last 10 years. A senior at Saints Peter and Paul High School, he enjoys the challenges of theater production and wants to major in arts and entertainment management when he enters college in the fall. 

Summer Snead has been in a range of shows for TAP and other community theater groups since she was six years old. She plans to study musical theater in college in the fall.

A legend in the TAP community, Foster was a board member, director, actor, producer and writer for nearly three decades. His love for theater and working with young people converged in his directing three plays at Easton High School. He also taught acting to youngsters at the Oxford Community Center for many summers and mentored theater-loving high-school seniors in their pursuit of acting in college and summer theater programs.

Donations may be made in David H. Foster’s memory at any time to TAP, PO Box 444, Oxford, MD 21654, Attn: David H. Foster Scholarship Fund. The Tred Avon Players are funded by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive, and from the Talbot County Arts Council.

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