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April 9, 2003
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Kean University Student Awarded Thomas H. Kean Scholarship

UNION, N.J. – For the third-consecutive year, the Garden State Arts Center Foundation has selected 10 students, one from each of the public New Jersey state colleges and universities, as recipients of the Thomas H. Kean Scholarship. Among the winners is Kean University theatre major Nicholas Duchensky. "A serious student, Nick is a pleasure in class," remarked Holly Logue, professor in and chair of Kean’s Department of Theatre. "He always wants to know the answers and is happy to share his insights and philosophies with other aspiring actors."

Duchensky first appeared on the Kean stage in 2000, as part of the Kean Theatre Series production of West Side Story. "Nick is one of the most creative actors I have ever worked with," said Dr. Teresa Choate, associate professor in and assistant chair of the Department of Theatre, who has directed the student in several productions. Currently, Duchensky is directing Anton Chekhov’s The Proposal, for the Director’s Workshop, the culminating project for a class he is enrolled in at the University.

Named for former New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean, the scholarship makes awards annually to students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the performing arts. Candidates must be New Jersey residents who have completed 60 or more credits and have already declared their major. The Garden State Arts Center Foundation, a nonprofit organization designed to recognize the vital role that New Jersey’s colleges and universities have in fostering the performing arts, raises money for the New Jersey Highway Authority's Garden State Cultural Center Fund, which provides free programming for New Jersey's seniors and school children at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J.

For more information about the Garden State Arts Center Foundation, please call (732) 442-9200 or visit its Web site at