Faith Wilk and Caitlyn Hampe Named 2023 Linda Leogrande Scholarship Recipients

July 17, 2023

The Broadway Theatre League of Utica is honored to award this year’s Linda Leogrande Scholarship to two well deserving candidates. The scholarship acknowledges qualifying seniors enrolled in the Bernadette A. Eichler Youth Ambassador Program that are planning to pursue a future in the Arts. The eligible seniors have participated in the Youth Ambassador Program for two consecutive Broadway seasons and have demonstrated leadership and participation in this program, their school and community.

This scholarship was established to honor a generous, compassionate, radiant, and kind soul that lit up every room she walked into. Linda served on the Broadway Theatre League Board of Directors for over 30 years and continues to be a beacon of light within the organization.

It is with great pleasure that we announce Faith Wilk and Caitlyn Hampe as the 2023 Linda Leogrande Scholarship recipients.  Of all the applicants submitted, these two individuals rose to the top as stellar candidates.

Please join us in congratulating Faith and Caitlyn.

Caitlyn Hampe

Rome Free Academy

Attending SUNY Fredonia

Majoring in Childhood Education

“My favorite YAP memory was seeing Waitress. I had the chance to talk to so many YAP members at the show that I hadn’t talked with before and saw a truly phenomenal show. I also  enjoyed volunteering with other Yappers as well.”

“In five years I plan to be pursuing my future career as a teacher and seeing as many local performances of plays as I  can! My plan is to take part in local community theater once I settle into my career.”

Faith Wilk

Proctor High School

Attending Oswego State University

Majoring in Theatre

“The very best thing about YAP has been meeting some of my very best friends.. I will always be grateful that our love of the theatre brought us together! My favorite YAP experiences were getting to volunteer at events like caroling and hosting a drive-in movie.  I was able to spend time with my amazing fellow YAPPERS while we were helping the community at the same time! Win-Win! I will miss this group so much!!”

“In five years I hope to be performing in regional or national theatre tours with my BA from Oswego.”

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