BENNY SCHURMER SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE MUSICAL/THEATER ARTS
Benjamin “Benny” Scott Schurmer, class of 2022, passed away unexpectedly while a second year student at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) where he studied his passion for Theater Arts. Growing up Benny was a gifted athlete. He found the most joy in the sport of golf and excelled as a prized member (team and league MVP) of the Nordhoff golf team.
Benny had a great love for the theater and musical arts. He was a natural talent and was destined to become a star. Benny had a beautiful voice and excelled in playing numerous instruments. He held many theatrical roles including leads as The Cowboy Trio in Crazy For You, and Emmett in Legally Blonde while attending NHS. After high school Benny played Tommy in the production of The Music Man, and was cast in a major role in the SBCC play, Emma.
Benny was a friend to all - his kindness, warmth, and charisma were contagious. He was a leader, always inclusive and compassionate towards others. His creative energy was boundless and his humor was captivating. In Benny’s honor, this scholarship has been set up to help an aspiring Nordhoff Music and/or Theater Arts student realize their dreams. Thank you for helping Benny’s memory live on in our hearts forever with your donation.
-The Schurmer Family
Cromwell Chandler Scholarship for the Musical Arts
Camille Collett Cromwell Chandler, class of 2000, was a Peer Mediator, a softball and water polo player and a part of The Spanish Storytellers. But her greatest love was music, especially musical theater. In Junior High she started out in the Ojai Shakespeare Festival as an intern, eventually playing Queen Tatiana in Midsummer’s Night Dream and in the renaissance singing group Harmonia Mundi. She became an archipelago singer in Nordhoff’s Music Department and participated in each musical capping her Senior year as Polly in “Crazy for You.” So in Camille’s honor this scholarship is intended to help a Nordhoff senior study the Musical Arts. Thank you for helping another Ranger reach for the stars.
Her loving Family.
A scholarship fund in Gray Duncan's name has been established for a graduating senior at Nordhoff High School who wants to pursue a ceramics career studying at a higher education institution or through an apprenticeship. Mr. Duncan's support and mentorship for almost 30 years with students will continue to live on with your contribution.
John C. Slade Memorial Scholarship Fund
The tragic death of John C. Slade sparked an outpouring of love and hundreds of Facebook memories of John’s impact on so many lives: as a teacher at Nordhoff High School, as an actor/director in the Ventura County arts community, in his career as a professional stage, film and television actor, and as a husband, father and friend. To enshrine his memory and spirit, the John C. Slade Memorial Theatre Scholarship Fund was established for a graduating senior at Nordhoff High School who wants to pursue a theater major in an institution of higher education. The first scholarship was awarded in 2018.
For cash or check donations, mail to Nordhoff Parent Association, Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai, CA 93023. Please make checks payable to Nordhoff Parent Association, listing in the memo line of the check please include the name of the scholarship. All contributions to the scholarships or to the NPA is considered a tax exempt donation as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.