Dale Patrick, member of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus from 2012 - 2019 and 2019 Ridgeview High School graduate, was awarded the JCC Kinne Scholarship to Jacksonville University on May 2nd, at the End of Year Celebration held at Southside United Methodist Church Family Life Center.
Dale was selected as the recipient of the scholarship named after Dr. Frances B. Kinne, Chancellor Emeritus and 40-year friend and benefactor to Jacksonville University. The scholarship provides for 4-year, full-tuition support for an academically and musically gifted JCC alumni.
When asked about receiving the scholarship, Patrick had this to say, "This scholarship has given me the opportunity to follow my dreams, as well as to have the funds to go to an amazing college like JU without worry of the massive debt that many others my age will have to deal with.” Patrick continued to say, “With the help of the JCC and this scholarship provided by JU, I'll be able to continue my studies with relative ease. And that, without a doubt, has changed my life and improved my future. "
The JCC has strict and rigorous guidelines regarding the qualifications of the Kinne Scholarship, including consecutive JCC Touring Choir membership, JCC artistic staff recommendation, JU Choral Ensembles, volunteer hours, and pre-acceptance into JU and Honor’s program.
JCC President and Artistic Director, Darren Dailey, had this to say about Patrick’s time with the JCC, “During my 30 years of experience in education, Dale ranks in the top one percent of those with whom I have worked.” Dailey continued, “Because of this scholarship, Dale will not have to worry as much about financial issues and can focus on his studies and giving back to the community.”
The JCC was founded in 1995 at Jacksonville University to fill a need for a children’s music program in the area. Led by, then Jacksonville University President, Dr. Frances B. Kinne, the plan to create a local choir was implemented by Dr. Jon O. Carlson and Jim Taylor, who served as the first conductor. In that first year, JCC had only sixteen voices. Since then, it has grown to serve as many as 1,000 singers annually with performance choirs and outreach programs. JCC has developed into one of the nation's most important providers of music education, enriching the lives of singers and audiences around the globe.