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Cornish College of the Arts Raises $181,500 to Launch the Sergei P. Tschernisch Endowed Scholarship

April 14, 2011

Cornish College of the Arts honored the upcoming retirement of President Sergei P. Tschernisch on Sunday, April 10 at ACT Theatre, establishing the Sergei P. Tschernisch Endowed Scholarship Fund by raising $181,500

The evening featured performances by Broadway star Liz Callaway and Cornish alumni Diana Huey (TH ’08) and Don Darryl Rivera (TH ’06) backed by Cornish theater students, and tributes by Kurt Beattie and Carlo Scandiuzzi (Artistic Director and Executive Director, ACT Theatre), Cornish Board chair John Gordon Hill, and Richard E.T. White, chair of the Cornish Theater Department.

More than 170 Cornish supporters gathered to celebrate President Tschernisch’s 17 years of leadership; during his presidency, he orchestrated a true Cornish renaissance. His vision has resulted in the growth of the student body, the creation of the new campus in the Denny Triangle neighborhood, and elevated Cornish to national prominence as a premier college of the visual and performing arts. He has set the bar for academic and artistic excellence, and will leave a legacy as the most influential leader of the College since Nellie Cornish founded the school.

The fundraising goal for The Sergei P. Tschernisch Endowed Scholarship Fund is $250,000. 

Additional contributions to fund may be made online at http://www.cornish.edu/about/advancement, by mail to Office of Institutional Advancement, Cornish College of the Arts, 1000 Lenora Street, Seattle, WA 98121 or by calling 206.726.5064.

The Sergei P. Tschernisch Endowed Scholarship Fund is one of 44 endowed scholarships at Cornish College of the Arts.

For additional information or images please contact Karen L. Bystrom or Lindsay Walter (see information above) or visit www.cornish.edu

About Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts is nationally recognized as a premier college of the visual and performing arts offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in dance, theater, art, design and performance production, and a Bachelor of Music degree. A pioneer in arts education, Cornish College of the Arts sprang from the remarkable vision of Nellie Cornish, a woman determined to cultivate the arts in Seattle when it was scarcely more than a frontier town. Her philosophy of educating the artist through exposure to all the arts was progressive at the time, and continues to be innovative today.