The Mighty Quinn Foundation awards funds in recognition of outstanding scholarship and commitment to the dramatic arts and the community.
Quinn Rooney Shakespeare Scholarships
Several Quinn Rooney Shakespeare Scholarships have been awarded to students attending Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford in the summers of 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Mighty Quinn Foundation scholarships at Loyola University of Chicago
Quinn attended Loyola University Chicago and was a student in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. The Mighty Quinn Foundation gave three scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year to seniors Josh Bartlett, Ali Drumm, and M.J. Jones. Senior Becca Browne was the recipient for the 2014-2015 academic year, the recipient for the 2015-16 academic year was Seamus McMahon, the 2016-2017 recipent was Spencer Gjerde, and the 2017-18 recipient is Anna Joaquin.
Anna is seen in this beautiful video and conducted an independent study this past semester on the intersection of race and performance. Joaquin said that she wanted to study how race interacts with performance due to recent casting controversies in the Chicago area, as well as conversations she’s had with friends discussing whether it would be appropriate for them to perform a pieces written for a character whose race differs from their own.
"I wish I could adequately express my thanks for this generous gift, but words fail me. I could not be more grateful, or more honored to receive this scholarship in the name of Quinn. I am honored to continue my education in the theatre arts in his name."
Spencer, Loyola University Chicago