In 2017, the Rising Star Foundation started offering scholarships to young adults across the country with a passion for music and performing. These scholarships provide coverage to attend Kat's annual Badlands Rising Star Camp, financial aid for attending auditions, and even continuing taking dreams to the professional level of higher education programs.
In 2017, 1 individual received the Kat Perkins Scholarship and the amount of opportunities increased to 13 Mark Perkins Scholarships given in 2018! Thanks to the amazing amount of support in donations, The Rising Star Foundation predicts to set a new record of scholarships given in 2019! Many of our scholarship recipients have gone to perform for crowds and audition for shows to guide them into the direction of a career in music. We know that making music allows students to grow professionally and personally, and that music open doors into future career possibilities. Our foundation encourages students to prepare and practice daily for a healthy life in music. We feel music provides a well-balanced means for confronting and solving life's problems, focusing one's attention, and sharing the joy we find with others by working collaboratively.
FOR THE KAT PERKINS BADLANDS RISING STAR CAMP OR OTHER MUSIC CAMP ATTENDANCE
Mark Perkins was a music teacher for nearly 4 decades, serving the rural community of southwest North Dakota, and earning superior rankings for his high school bands. Several accomplished students taught under him have gone to participate in performances internationally. Mark is most well known for his extensive knowledge and performance in the french horn. In 2015, Mark won the award for Music Educator of the Year at the North Dakota Music Awards. With both his daughters interested in music at a young age, Mark fully supports the value of a music camp experience to further children's talents and give them lifelong knowledge and friendships.
In 2017, the Rising Star Foundation began offering scholarships to young adults across the country with a passion for music and performing. These scholarships provide coverage to attend Kat's annual Badlands Rising Star Camp, financial aid for attending auditions, and even continuing taking dreams to the professional level of higher education programs. In addition, this scholarships also applies to attending other music camps.
In 2018, 13 individuals received either a full or partial scholarship to cover their camp attendance!
Value: Up to $800
FOR AUDITIONS OR MUSIC EXPERIENCES
In 2013, Kat Perkins auditioned for a spot on NBC's The Voice, and went on to become a finalist of season 6 with her coach, Maroon 5's front man, Adam Levine. Although the airing of the show only lasted a few months, Kat spent close to a year in the process of filming and preparing, which put a strain on maintaining an income. The Rising Star Foundation wants to offer the financial support of the Kat Perkins Scholarship to help individuals that want to take the journey of auditioning for talent TV shows like The Voice or American Idol, audition for a Broadway musical, or any other opportunity that may require traveling to go after that dream. This scholarship is custom to fit the individual's needs (example: plane tickets, hotel rooms, meals, transportation) and is determined by learning more information about the goal in order for the scholarship to be granted.
In 2017, Badlands Rising Star Camp attendee, Caley Schmidt, received The Kat Perkins Scholarship to travel to Las Vegas, NV and audition for America's Got Talent. This was a one of a kind experience and The Rising Star Foundation is committed to help more individuals with large scale opportunities.
Value: To be determined with more information
FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION
The Perkins family believes in continuing education and pursuing your dreams of being in music, no matter how many constraints there may be. This scholarship is for anyone who has the natural talent of playing music, but may not be seen by establishments that are a 2-4 year program and focus mainly on GPA for admission. The Perkins Legacy Scholarship wants to enforce the importance of music degrees and the professional opportunities that they can bring. This scholarship is for any type of degree at a college or vocational school, based solely on musical merit and financial need.
Value: Up to $3,000
FOR THE KAT PERKINS BADLANDS RISING STAR CAMP
Close friend and fellow The Voice alum, Chris Kroeze, has partnered with the incredible people at Kwik Trip to help support youth pursuing their dreams in music. Together they will be offering an opportunity for youth to attend the Kat Perkins Rising Star Camp through their Kwik Trip Badlands Rising Star Scholarship! Each scholarship provides full tuition for the camp along with a $200 stipend to help cover the costs of travel to get to and from camp. Both Kwik Trip and Kroeze believe in giving back, and are excited to come together to offer this opportunity for youth in pursuit of their dreams.
Recipients of this scholarship must live in Minnesota or Wisconsin.
Ages: 12 - 18