Students awarded OBX Forum scholarship with help from Dominion grant

Students awarded OBX Forum scholarship with help from Dominion grant

Each year the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts awards scholarships to students who plan to study music or theater in a college or advanced program. Thanks to a generous grant from Dominion Energy, this scholarship tradition continues. 

The awards are competitive with winners selected on their academic achievement, participation in the arts and the strength of their personal recommendations. The Dominion grant supports the education mission of the Forum: to promote local arts education with scholarship award for college-level study in the arts.

“We were very pleased to recognize such outstanding talent in our community,” said David Connaughton, President of the Outer Banks Forum. “We are honored to award scholarship this year to Jay Moxley, Zoe Kane and Morgan Deane. We look forward to following their progress.” 

“We thank Dominion for being a valuable community partner and helping us in our mission to bring high quality entertainment to the Outer Banks and support a vibrant future for the arts through scholarship.”  

Jay Moxley was accepted to two colleges and intends to major in theater and directing. They have been highly involved with chorus and school theatrical productions at Manteo High School and has also appeared regularly on stage with the Theatre of Dare.

Morgan Deane has worked alongside the volunteer board for the Outer Banks Forum as stage manager for the 2022-23 season. She has been incredibly valuable in that role. Morgan is regarded as a critical component of the performing arts program at First Flight High School. She has been accepted, and plans to attend Appalachian State pursuing a degree in Political Science and Pre-Legal. Deane intends to stay involved with the arts in college.  

Zoe Kane ranks ninth in her class at First Flight. She has an extensive performance career on stage and in chorus. She recently charmed audiences with her lead role as Donna in “Mamma Mia.” Kane is planning to attend Wake Forest where she intends to pursue a major in political science and international studies. Zoe plans to continue her involvement in theatre at Wake. 

“On behalf of Dominion Energy North Carolina, I am proud to show our support for the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts and their continued efforts to enhance and support the performing arts through scholarship,” said Winnie Wade, External Affairs Manager of Dominion Energy North Carolina.  

The Dominion Foundation supports various cultural activities throughout their service locations through their focus on community vitality. This gift fulfills their mission to foster “an appreciation of diversity, revitalizing neighborhoods, and ensuring a vibrant community life through support of cultural endeavors.” 

About Dominion

“Dominion Energy employs over 17,000 people in 16 states, providing reliable, affordable, clean energy to nearly 7 million customers. They are a leader in the clean energy transition, with a clear strategy to achieve Net Zero carbon and methane emissions. Headquartered in Richmond, VA, they invest in communities where we live and work, and protect our natural resources. We believe Actions Speak Louder.”


About the Outer Banks Forum

A pioneering group of inquisitive residents met in 1983 at the Southern Shores Fire Station to start a “Forum” to bring speakers on current events to the Outer Banks. The effort was successful and in 1991 the Forum’s orientation was shifted to musical and theatrical entertainments held in the school auditorium at Kitty Hawk Elementary. The Forum has since grown into a self-sustaining nonprofit that performs a series of seven concerts annually in the David E. Oaksmith Auditorium at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills. Performances are available to purchase as a season subscription or as individual events. An all-volunteer board oversees the organization. For more information or to volunteer with the organization, email or call (252) 564-8781.