VO Peeps Scholarship Funds Reaches $16,700!
What began as an entrepreneurial vision of one girl, Anne Ganguzza, VO PEEPS CREATOR and FOUNDER of the VO Peeps Career Education Scholarship Fund, has now evolved into one of the most exciting and PLUGGED IN places to be for the Voice Over Community! The rapid growth of the popular global networking group since its inception in 2009, led Anne to seek ways in which to give back to the community. She approached MCA-i as a fiscal sponsor and the VO Peeps Career Education Scholarship Fund was born.
The fund, established in January of 2012, is an MCAI-OC sponsored nonprofit 501(c)3 fund dedicated to providing both need-based and merit-based scholarships to qualified members of the voiceover community. You don't have to be a VO artist to donate! In fact, the success of the fund has been partly because so many in the media want to help...and of course because of the efforts of Anne Ganguzza! To date, more than $16,700.00 worth of scholarship and aide to the VoiceOver community has been donated, and Anne continues to grow the excitement and drive the VO Community to what it does best, and that’s GIVING BACK! The spirit of giving back is inevitable in every community, and when you look at the many blessings that have been bestowed upon the VO Peeps Community through the Scholarship Fund, you can't help but recognize it’s generosity!
Listen to what some of our Scholarship winners had to say:
"I just experienced the most amazing weekend at the VO Atlanta 2014 Conference organized by Gerald Griffith and VoiceoverCity! This experience would not have been possible without the scholarship that was awarded my by Anne Ganguzza's VO Peeps Career Education Scholarship Fund. I am so grateful for your commitment to finding and encouraging new voiceover talent and helping me to achieve my dreams! Thank you, thank you, thank you!" - Margo Trueblodd, VO 2014 Atlanta Scholarship Winner
"I am still amazed at the wonderful gift I received to be able participate in Voice Over Virtual this year. Many thanks to John Florian, Anne Ganguzza, and all the MCA-I and VO Peeps who made it possible for me to attend. The voiceover community is such a generous group of people; it is an honor to work and to learn with you all. I loved the three days of networking and live presentations and have already learned so much, and I am still looking forward to watching the many, many on-demand seminars through November. What an important opportunity for me! Thank you!" - Amy Warner, 2013 VO Peeps Voice Over Virtual Scholarship Winner
"When my ticket was pulled as the lucky scholarship winner of "That's Voiceover" I was so excited. I had no idea what was in store for me but I knew I wanted to be at this event. I was not disappointed. It was one of the most exciting and amazing events I have ever attended. The hosts and talent that spoke were fantastic. They were full of energy,encouragement, humor and warmth. Also having been chosen for Speed Dating I was able to get some great feedback on my demo and voice. The professionals gave me useful advice and critique so that I know what I need to work on and improve as I further my career. This is an event not to be missed. I will definitely be there for the next one!" - Maryanna Towle, 2013 That's Voiceover Scholarship Recipient
How you can Help
Recent contributors include: Joe Cipriano, Edge Studios, Gerald Griffith, Simon Vance, Chris Fries, Il Fornaio Restaurant, Joan Baker and Rudy Gaskins, John Florian, Celia Siegel, George Whittam and Dan Lenard, Harlan Hogan, David H Lawrence XVII, Chuck Duran and stacey Aswad, Beverly Bremers, Dave Fennoy, Marc Cashman, Kathleen Keesling, Deb Monroe, Penny Abshire and James Alberger, and more! Add your name to this distinguished list!
Thanks to our generous sponsors for helping us to Make A Difference. If you'd like to help Make A Difference too, please visit our Scholarship page at http://vopeeps.com/donate. Thank you for your support as we continue to scale and reach out to the Community, providing educational access and opportunity. Your partnership allows us to plan with confidence, and your commitment to help create global change through education makes this possible. Get PLUGGED IN, you won’t regret it!
--By Michelle Blenker, VO Peeps