Josh Gudesblat of Downingtown is one of the first recipients of Rochester Institute of Technology’s new performing arts scholarship, writes Greg Livadas for RIT.
The scholarships total just under $200,000 and were awarded to 148 students interested in vocal or instrumental music, musical theater, dance, acting, and technical production. The scholarship can be renewed for up to five years for as long as the student continues to be involved in performing arts.
Gudesblat, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering technology and a percussionist in the RIT Philharmonic Orchestra, said the scholarship was the key element in his decision to attend RIT.
“It honestly was a big factor,” he said. “The RIT scholarship not only allows me to continue my music, but encouraged me to do it. That was the deciding factor.”
In addition to being named section leader of mallet percussion for the RIT Philharmonic Orchestra, Gudesblat is now a member of RIT’s Pep Band.
“I love music with a burning passion,” he said. “Even though I was going to college for engineering, giving up music was not an option. Music is my rock.”
Read more about Josh Gudesblat from Rochester Institute of Technology here.