Frank Houtz Memorial Scholarships Awarded to Two Worthy Recipients
How many good things happened to you in 2020? You might be surprised if you think prayerfully over the opportunities that have come your way even through all the trials we have faced. BYNA also has had to weather the many constraints this strange year have brought us, but we have much reason to thank and bless our Creator for His providence. Two of those reasons are Eleeyah Houtz and Claire Gonzalez, the two recipients of the 2020 Frank Houtz Memorial Scholarship!


Fall 2020 Houtz Scholarship winner Eleeyah Houtz, with her mother Mary, at the Revive Conference in Franklin, TN, July 3, 2020.

Eleeyah Houtz of Winchester, Kentucky, joins her brother Jezreel as a Houtz Scholarship winner. She is an aspiring Interior Designer who has completed her education in the field this year, and intends to use the scholarship award to pursue her professional certification. Eleeyah will not be the first Interior Designer associated with BYNA. Elder Kathy Collier is an Interior Design professional with many years of experience in Nashville, Tennessee, and Eleeyah hopes to work as an intern with Kathy in the near future. In fact, it was in Tennessee, at the Revive Conference in Franklin, that we were able to present Eleeyah with her award on July 3, 2020.

Spring 2021 Houtz Scholarship winner Claire Gonzalez with her parents Jason and Tara, and BYNA Executive Director Al McCarn. Rock Hill, South Carolina, December 16, 2020.

Our second recipient is a promising young musician. Violinist Claire Gonzalez of York, South Carolina, has joined her parents, Jason and Tara, in the worship team at Founded in Truth Fellowship from time to time. Her skills have blessed the congregation tremendously during Shabbat services and special celebrations. The scholarship comes at just the right time for Claire: she needs a new adult-sized violin that will carry her to the next level of her musical training. We presented the award at the Founded in Truth Hanukkah Party in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on December 16. What made the occasion even more special was that it came as a surprise and an answer to prayer for Claire and her family.

The application season for the 2021 Fall Term award of the Houtz Scholarship is now open! Artists in all categories (Music, Performing Arts, Literature, Visual Arts) are invited to apply. If you are an artist, or if you know of one, you can learn more and fill out an application at the link below:

Frank Houtz Memorial Scholarship Application


Please be sure to submit your application by the April 30, 2021, deadline. Look for announcement of the winner in May.

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