Mar 15, 2018
A Family Affair
Shortly after becoming engaged, Rochelle Oliver and her now-husband, Andrew Chang, were thinking of ways to give back to the community. They decided an education endowment for the Dreyfoos School of the Arts would be the perfect fit. The Three Sisters Scholarship was established and named after DSOA alumni, Rochelle, and her two sisters, Tiffany and Morgan that graduated from Dreyfoos in 2002, 1999, and 2015, respectively. Rochelle, a journalist and former breaking news editor for the New York Times says, “The School of the Arts provided us a leg up in the arts world. We have a legacy with the school, and we want to honor that legacy by helping others to achieve their very best for years to come.”
The three sisters decided that they wanted their scholarship to be awarded to a young woman of color who is pursuing a degree in the arts. Rochelle explains, “As a family, we reflected on how the school impacted us and what our needs were when we were in high school. In the end, we decided that we wanted to impact women who love the School of the Arts as much as we do.”
When asked how the Dreyfoos School of the Arts has impacted their lives, Tiffany said, “I know for a fact that I would not be working as a celebrity makeup artist and hairstylist for the past 18 years if it weren’t for Dreyfoos. I am who I am because of the faculty and staff, and for the friendships that I cultivated, and still have, from my time at the school.”
Morgan, the youngest of the three sisters, is currently attending Miami’s Frost School of Music on a full-ride scholarship for piano. Morgan speaks from experience when she explains how important it is to support an arts education. “The world needs the arts and it is our hope that Dreyfoos can remain the thriving arts institution that it is, and that it continues to help students reach their fullest potential.”
Tiffany also added, “We hope that kids just like us get the opportunity to build an artistic/creative foundation. We hope that this school continues to grow and be a place for young people to be themselves!
Dreyfoos School of the Arts and its foundation are so thankful for alumni like Rochelle, Tiffany and Morgan. Dreyfoos depends on its community, alumni, and donors to help give students an impactful arts education for students just like them.
Andrew, Rochelle’s husband, says, “Don’t hesitate to give. There are so many talented students in financial need that will benefit from your generosity. Philanthropy is a lifelong endeavor. Starting early will make that positive impact even more lasting.”