JAY-?Samuel Balzac, a Jay resident and upcoming graduate of Keene Central School, said he was "incredibly surprised" to learn that he was chosen as a recipient of a Jimmy Rane Foundation scholarship.
He says that while he realized that national scholarships were extremely competitive, he still felt a "connection with the mission of the Jimmy Rane Foundation" and gave the application process a shot. Samuel is one of 26 students from six states to receive a Jimmy Rane Foundation scholarship this year.
With dreams of becoming a professional actor, Samuel plans to use his Foundation scholarship to attend Columbia University in New York City to study the dramatic arts. Ten years from now, he hopes to be acting at a professional level and living in a New York City apartment.
Amidst his concerns about beginning his college education, Samuel says that "it's nice to think that money might not be among them." Samuel encourages other students to begin applying for scholarships early and to not be afraid to apply for scholarships that are nationally competitive or to write them off because of the odds of winning one. Samuel said, "I didn't think I would be a Jimmy Rane recipient. That didn't stop me from applying, and look at me now!"
In addition to his academic abilities, Samuel was active in Kenne Central School organizations serving as president of Key Club and Music Club, and as an active member of KSC Drama Club, Area All-State Mixed Chorus, Concert Band and Jazz Band among other student and volunteer organizations. Samuel is also National Merit Scholarship Commended Student.
He is the son of Fred Balzac and Kathy Recchia of Jay.