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11 February 2018

To the Peerly Marriot Jessop Scholarship foundation,

Words cannot express how grateful I am to be a recipient of this scholarship. Thank you
so much. This scholarship has greatly blessed me and my family as I pursue my goal to become a
theatre teacher. I am from St. George, UT and this has been my first year at USU. My husband
and I transferred here from Dixie State University. This scholarship has greatly helped us in our
financial situation. We have been married for almost 2 years. We are both in college, working,
and trying to make ends meet. This scholarship has been a huge blessing in our lives, so that I
could put full focus on school and be deeply involved in the productions at Utah State, without
having to dedicate most of my time to working.

I love the arts. I especially love theatre. I grew up in a very talented family, so
performing has always been a part of my life. As a young girl I fell in love with singing, which
later turned into dancing and acting. I took community musical theatre classes as a child. I loved
every moment of it. In high school I was deeply involved in the productions. My junior year we
did, Les Miserables, where I played Madame Thenardier. My teacher left a lasting impression on
me that year, as he taught us the story and moral of Les Miserables. He emphasized that each
person on the cast and crew has value and importance in making that story come to life for the
audience. He inspired us to work hard and do our best in all facet of our lives. His example and
inspiration throughout my high school years has inspired me to become a theatre teacher. I too
want to inspire students, through the magic of art and theatre, to become their best self. Theatre
has taught me patience, hard work, team work, responsibility, honesty, accountability, and many
other great life skills. I feel that it is vital that students continue to learn these life skills in
theatre. As a future theatre teacher I plan on focusing on these skills, while also teaching the
mechanics of theatre.

I am grateful to be a part of USU’s Theatre education program. I have learned so much so
little of a time and I have met and worked with many wonderful and talented people. I look
forward to the lifelong connections and learnings I will continue to gain while at USU. This
scholarship is a wonderful honor and I am so grateful, that you have chosen me. I will work hard
to get the most out of my education, so that I can be prepared to inspire students of future
generations to become their best self through involvement, in theatre and the arts.

Again, thank you so much!

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Bohannon