The Ford Motor Company Fund, in honor of Michigan Opera Theatre founder and artistic director David DiChiera, has established a new $50k scholarship fund for aspiring music students at Wayne State University. The Ford Fund’s so-named David DiChiera Scholarship Award will run for five years, giving a $10k scholarship each year to a deserving full-time junior, senior, or graduate student enrolled in vocal performance or a related program at WSU’s College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts (CFPCA).
“Wayne State University is delighted to help preserve the legacy of David DiChiera through this scholarship program,” says CFPCA Dean Matthew Seeger. “We are thankful to the Ford Motor Company Fund and the Michigan Opera Theatre for making this opportunity available to our students. The DiChiera scholarship program will be an ongoing testimony to the impact of this visionary artist and will help launch the careers of future generations of performers.”
David DiChiera is a celebrated composer and artistic director. He was named “Michiganian of the Year” by The Detroit News in 1979, garnered an “Opera Honors Award” from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2010, and was named the “Kresge Eminent Artist” in 2013 by The Kresge Foundation.
“Ford Motor Company has long supported [Michigan Opera Theatre] and the arts in Southeast Michigan, and we encourage new generations of musicians and composers to carry on the work that David DiChiera started,” says Ford Motor Company Fund President Jim Vella.