FARMINGTON, Maine — Mt. Blue High School senior Kevin Foley was presented the first Devin Ferreira Music Scholarship on Tuesday during senior Awards Night at the school.
The $500 scholarship was developed by Ferreira, a 2007 graduate of Mt. Blue who is now a performing rap musician and full-time teacher in Boston.
Foley is a student who also plays saxophone and plans on a career in music education, Ferreira said last week.
Ferreira, who grew up in New Sharon, came home Tuesday to make the first presentation, one that will continue along with creation of a potential network of scholarships.
While making the presentation, Ferreira had words of wisdom to share with the graduating class.
“Sometimes, there are hopes and dreams but no way to achieve them,” he said. He urged the Mt. Blue Class of 2013 to be creative and work hard.
“When you fulfill your dreams, give back to the community, one where it all began,” he said.
During his experiences at Mt. Blue, Ferreira said last week that he was inspired to pursue a music career and once he started to become more successful, he wanted to give back to the people who gave so much to him.
Ferreira began rapping at age 6 and playing the saxophone at age 8. He fused his two passions, rap and the saxophone, together in what he calls “soul rap.”
He is also a teacher of music at the Boys and Girls Club in Boston, where he teaches inner-city youths recording, songwriting, music production and performance.
About $100,000 in scholarships and awards were given to seniors during Awards Night, Benton A. Milster, guidance director told the seniors, family and friends gathered in the gymnasium at the school.
“I wish every single senior got an award,” Milster said. “I never get that wish.”
Milster thanked community sponsors, who provided a variety of awards. Businesses, clubs and organizations, military services and individuals provided the awards, some in memory of loved ones, while others gave awards because they can.
Richard Wilde told the seniors he created the Wilde Foundation Scholarship, which awards three scholarships for noneducational expenses tied to furthering their education.
Wilde earns the funds for the scholarship by working Sundays at Ron’s Market. So far, $14,000 in scholarships have been given out to one Forster Applied Regional Technology Center student and also one male and one female student at Mt. Blue High School each year.
Forster Tech held its awards night last week, director Glen Kapiloff said. About $12,000 in scholarships were awarded to Forster students, ones Kapiloff acknowledged again during Tuesday’s program.