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Hunden Partners Announces Latest Recipients of Musical Theatre Scholarships at Ball State University

by Ohio Digital News

Six musical theatre majors awarded the Robin Scott Hunden Musical Theatre Scholarship for the current academic year

Hunden Partners (Hunden), a full-service real estate development advisory practice headquartered in Chicago, announced the winners of the annual Robin Scott Hunden Musical Theatre Scholarship fund at Ball State University. The scholarship program provides needs-based financial support to Musical Theatre majors, with the goals of promoting diversity in musical theatre programs and helping undergraduates pursue careers in the arts. This year’s recipients are Parker Bowman of Fort Wayne, IN; Jaylen Bryant of University Park, IL; Rylee Droege of St. Louis, MO; Madison Jackson of Granger, IN; Mitchell Takeda of Sacramento, CA; and Lucia Vazquez of Homestead, FL. 

“I grew up singing and performing through college, and while I didn’t pursue the performing arts as a career, I continue to love and appreciate the positive impact that the arts have on individuals and communities,” says Rob Hunden, CEO and Founder of Hunden Partners, and Founder of the Hunden Musical Theatre Scholarship. “The arts can be a catalyst for placemaking, community-building, and belonging. I’m delighted to help provide opportunities for college students to pursue their artistic careers.” 

To date, Hunden has donated more than $20,000 to support Ball State students. The scholarship was established in 2015, with the first recipients receiving funding in the 2017-2018 academic year. The program is structured to award scholarships to students in the Musical Theatre program, with at least one sophomore, junior, and senior each receiving financial support per academic year. Students are eligible to receive the scholarship for multiple years: both Jaylen Bryan and Mitchell Takeda are two-time recipients. On top of the scholarship program, Hunden has covered additional costs for students related to musical theatre careers, including travel costs to New York for auditions. Past recipients have appeared on stage in productions such as “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” on Broadway, and the “Six” U.S. national tour.  

“We are extremely grateful for Hunden Partners’ support in providing scholarship funding for Musical Theatre students. As we continue to recruit a talented student body with diverse socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, we rely heavily on scholarship support to ensure that educational journeys are focused on opportunities in the classroom, on stage, and beyond,” says Bill Jenkins, chair of Ball State’s Department of Theatre and Dance. “We appreciate Rob’s partnership to help our students pursue their vision and dreams, and how much he values the vital role the arts play in thriving communities.” 

About Hunden Partners  

Hunden Partners is the leading advisor in destination real estate development. The firm offers a full range of project advisory and execution services including market and financial feasibility, economic and impact analyses, tourism planning and strategy, and development implementation for specialty destination assets such as sports facilities, mixed-use and entertainment districts, convention and expo centers, hotels, entertainment venues, recreation facilities and other economic development projects.   

Hunden assists clients to move projects from concept to funding to execution. The company’s clients include cities, states, universities, DMOs, authorities and private developers. Hunden has conducted more than 1,000 studies and has had a hand in the development of over $20 billion in projects around the world.  

For more information, please visit: https://hunden.com  

About Ball State 

Founded in 1918 and located in Muncie, Ball State University is one of Indiana’s premier universities and an economic driver for the state. Ball State’s 20,000 students come from all over Indiana, the nation, and the world. The 790-acre campus is large enough to accommodate first-rate facilities and 19 NCAA Division I sports, but our welcoming and inclusive campus is small enough to ensure the friendliness, personal attention, and access that are the hallmarks of the University. Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes Ball State’s ambitious goals for our second century. We Fly! 

Follow Ball State University at www.bsu.edu 

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