Pictured, from left: Donald Laurie; Dr. Sharon Watkinson, chair of Niagara University’s theatre department; Tara Laurie Memorial Scholarship for Study Abroad recipient Elijah Vazquez; and Janice Laurie.

Elijah Vazquez, a junior theatre performance major at Niagara University, has been awarded the Tara Laurie Memorial Scholarship for Study Abroad.

Vazquez, of Hammond, Ind., was notified of the award today, which will be used toward a study abroad experience this summer at Anglo-American University in the heart of Bloomsbury, one of the oldest and most cultural sections of London

Vazquez was a featured lead dancer in Niagara University Theatre’s recent production of Chicago, and has appeared in 9 to 5, The Drowsy Chaperone, Macbeth, and The Pajama Game.

Donald and Janice Laurie established the scholarship in 2005 in memory of their daughter, Tara, a theatre performance/hospitality student who passed away unexpectedly in 2004, several months after participating in the London study abroad program.

Niagara University offers BFA programs in three concentrations: performancedesign and production, and theatre specializations. To learn more, please visit www.niagara.edu/theatre.

NU students of any major are able to participate in 200 study abroad options in more than 30 countries. Additional information is available at www.niagara.edu/sap.

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