Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Sun, 10/01/2017 - 12:14

PHOENIX–Students Transformed to Achieve Radiant Success (STARS), a scholarship foundation, is coordinating auditions in September for a talent show in October at South Mountain Community College (SMCC), to raise money for student scholarships.

“STARS is ensuring we’re going to have a bright future for generations to come,” Dr. Jerome Garrison said, Founder and Chairman of STARS foundation and Division Chair of the Communications, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences Department at SMCC.

In 1995, Dr. Garrison founded STARS as an internal foundation — only faculty and staff could offer donations. In 2016, the foundation opened to the community for public donations as well. This is the first year SMCC is hosting a talent show, in hopes to make it an annual event.

Auditions will be held Monday, Sept. 18 and Thursday Sept. 21 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SMCC Performing Arts Center (PAC). Auditions are open to the public. Please call (602) 243-8382 for scheduling, and a tax deductible $50 donation is required to secure the audition.

Chosen acts will perform on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. Attendees will pay $25 and determine who takes home the cash prizes. A panel of judges will be present for commentary. First place wins $1000, second place wins $300, and third place wins $200.

According to SMCC, full-time students pay nearly $15,000 for tuition, books, supplies and living expenses.

Approximately 200 students have been awarded more than $100,000 in STAR scholarships because of the foundation. To date, $400,000 has been raised, and the goal is $1,000,000.


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Stacey Wright, (602) 872-7783,

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