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Dance Student Competes for Scholarship

BoCo Dance Student heading to the Pac-12 Football Championship Game

Watch Michael on Fox25 News: Boston Conservatory student in the running for $100,000 tuition prize

In The Boston Globe:

Sophomore dance student Michael Morris Jr. is the winner of a $2,500 scholarship from the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway, but he has his sights set on a bigger prize. With up to $100,000 in tuition assistance up for grabs, Michael is training for the next part of the Dr. Pepper Giveaway. On Dec. 5, he will travel to the Pac-12 Football Championship game, where he and four other finalists will vie for two spots to compete during the games half time show. Each finalist gets 30 footballs and 30 seconds to "complete" as many passes as possible.

Michael, 19, entered the contest several months ago, and once he had the 50 required votes on his entry, he was able to submit a video detailing his dreams on how he plans to make a difference in the world. With the help of The Boston Conservatory's audio visual department, Michael created a fantastic video that moved him into the next round. 

"It is my dream to become the greatest classical ballet dancer within our world. I want to give hope and insight to future aspiring male dancers, along with starting programs that aid less fortunate children through the arts. I have countless goals to achieve, but supporting my education financially at The Boston Conservatory is the first step." 
-Michael Morris Jr.

On campus, Michael has a growing fan base and fortunately for him, one who is a former college football player. Eric Norman, Vice President of Finance and Planning, has been setting aside time everyday to help Michael with his throwing arm. Together with several others at the Conservatory, they are getting him ready for the competition at the Pac-12 game. 

Michael is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Mount Zion Fine Arts Magnet High School as a dance major in 2012. While in Atlanta, he studied at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and as a scholarship student with the Georgia Youth Ballet Company. Michael has been honored as: one of Georgia’s 2011 Governors Honor Program Finalist as a dance major, the Clayton County 2012 Gold Medalist in the NAACP ACT-SO competition, and a Clayton County Superintendent Scholarship Honoree. In 2014, Michael will be competing in the Youth American Grand Prix international ballet competition. When Michael isn’t dancing, he enjoys traveling, reading, running, and volunteering at his local YMCA and Boys and Girls club in Boston. 


UPDATE: Michael Morris Jr. placed third in the preliminaries of the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway. He earned $2,500 in tuition assistance through the program.

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