RANDOLPH, NJ – Luis Tosado, of Randolph, a musical theater major at County College of Morris (CCM), has been awarded the college’s Sherri McDonald Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship is awarded to full-time students who demonstrate outstanding academic and creative potential. The $5,000 scholarship, named after a young girl who performed in several college productions, is one of the largest given out by the CCM Foundation.
As part of his success at CCM, Tosado will be playing a leading role in the upcoming play “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” appearing as Clopin Coiffeur, King of the Gypsies. The play takes place November 1 - 4 at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. in the Student Community Center, Dragonetti Auditorium, on CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road. For tickets, go to www.ccm.edu/the-hunchback-of-notre-dame/.
Tosado’s scholarship is allowing him to study music theory, dance and choreography minus the worry of having to pay the full cost of tuition and books.
“This scholarship is a relief to my family,” says Tosado. “I don’t know how I would have been able to afford school otherwise.”
Tosado notes that key to his success are Marielaine R. Mammon, chair of the Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts at CCM, and Colleen McArdle, director of Special Events and a dancer herself.
“It’s so rewarding to see a student with so much passion and talent receive the resources he needs,” says McArdle.
Tosado credits CCM on guiding him towards his dreams. “CCM has become a building block for my life,” he says. “I don’t know where I’d be if it wasn’t for this college, its professors and staff.”