No Varsity announces arts scholarship for Darke, Miami, Montgomery graduates

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JV Jumpin' [Dez Thompson] performs at No Varsity 1.0 in August 2022.

GREENVILLE—In keeping with their mission of giving back to the community, Ohio-based entertainment collective No Varsity recently announced The No Varsity Scholarship.

Dez Thompson, No Varsity Co-Owner, came up with the idea for the scholarship last year.

“The concept of the scholarship came about last summer to continue finding unique ways to give back to our local community,” Noah Walker, No Varsity Brand Manager and Co-Owner said. “It was in part inspired by his [Thompson’s] own artistry and the struggle that many young artists go through in high school.”

The group hopes to shed light on arts and entertainment with the creation of the scholarship.

“It seems as if so many other special areas and interests are always getting attention and news focus from schools in our area, but never those students that created their own art and music,” Walker said.

In February 2022, Walker along with Co-Owner Simeon King and Thompson founded the collective.

The group has made large strides within local art, sports, fashion and music since then. Some of those being podcasts, support for local artists, a charity 3×3 basketball tournament, local fundraisers, live shows and now, a scholarship.

The scholarship is 100% community funded. While the application is open, the group plans to host fundraisers and events within the area to gather donations.

All graduates from Miami, Darke or Montgomery County planning to pursue a career within arts or music further are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

“Since those are the main focuses of our brand, we wanted to invest into young artists who are chasing their dreams just like us,” Walker said.

To apply for the scholarship, go to www.novarsityllc.com/scholarship, to donate to the scholarship, go to www.gofund.me/6b0ef2e8. For more information on No Varsity, go to novarsityllc.com.