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FAU Receives Gift to Establish Georgina Dieter Dennis Vocal Scholarship Fund

BOCA RATON, FL (August 8, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of music in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters recently received a donation of $25,000 to establish the Georgina Dieter Dennis Vocal Scholarship Fund. Scholarships will be awarded for one academic year, but may be renewed upon availability of funding and satisfactory progress by the student scholarship recipient. FAU is one of four Florida colleges chosen to receive the scholarship. The other schools are the University of Miami, Florida International University and the University of South Florida.

“We are thrilled to have been chosen for the scholarship fund,” said Rebecca Lautar, chair of FAU’s department of music. “Ms. Dennis’ love for the arts and her desire to help others will benefit many of our students.”

Georgina Dieter Dennis, who passed away in 2006, had a storied music career, starting at the age of 12 when she won the New York Music Week Association Junior Bronze Medal. She was awarded a scholarship to the Institute of Musical Arts of the Juilliard Foundation and later sang with the National Opera Association. She made her debut at New York’s Town Hall in 1937 and then went on to Canada to sing with the Civic Music Light Opera Company and back to the States to New York’s Erlanger Theater and the Majestic. Dennis sang in every state in the Union during World War II and presented programs with James Victor’s Band for the USO.

Dennis knew she was fortunate to have training and opportunities from an early age. She wanted to provide opportunities for others and so established the Georgina Dieter Dennis Foundation prior to her passing. This is the first year for the Vocal Scholarship Fund, which will be administered by the host schools. To receive a scholarship, the student must be a resident of the State of Florida and must maintain a B average.

For more information about FAU’s music program, call the music department at 561-297-3810.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship.  For more information, visit

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