John Rodriguez Scholarship Winners 2015

The John C. Rodriguez Scholarship was awarded to four worthy high school seniors this year, all of which will be pursuing a career in theater. This is Cabaret for Life’s eleventh year of offering this scholarship, named in honor of one of your Honorary Trustees and the husband of Trustee Bonnie Carolan. We are pleased to share this year’s four winners and to welcome them to the Cabaret for Life family. Best wishes and congratulations to all!

Two of our four winners, Chris Mallamaci & Jessica Turk with Felix Truex, Fred Mayo, Bonnie Carolan, Andrew DePrisco and Maggie Rodriguez.
Two of our four winners, Chris Mallamaci and Jessica Turk with Felix Truex, Fred Mayo, Bonnie Carolan, Andrew DePrisco, and Maggie Rodriguez.


Scholarship-Winner-Christopher-Joseph-Mallamaci-e1436462180536-700x1024Christopher Joseph Mallamaci

Graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School, Class of 2015
Attending Emerson College Class of 2019
Majoring in Audio Production

“It was an honor to be on the receiving end of CFL after seeing how this organization benefits the shore community. I was blessed to meet even more beautiful people who are excited for the future and truly support the arts. I would like to thank Bonnie and CFL for the donation and contribution towards my college education. I am determined to make Bonnie and the Rodriguez family proud of my future work. Thank you for the inspiration, Andrew, Fred and CFL!”



Jessica TurkScholarship-Winner-Jessica-Turk-831x1024

Graduated from Howell High School, Class of 2015
Attending The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NYC
Majoring in Musical Theatre

“I will always cherish this scholarship and the opportunities Cabaret for Life has made possible. I will make Cabaret for Life proud of me by reaching my goal to be an actress who can inspire others and allow audiences to open the doorway in their hearts and feel something real.”





Scholarship-Winner-Helen-Solomita-e1436463493280Helen Solomita

Graduated from Red Bank Regional High School, Class of 2015
Attending Virginia Commonwealth University
Majoring in Dance and Choreography

“Dance has taught me everything I need to know: Discipline, strength, creativity, art, passion, and open-mindedness. I’ve learned as much in a studio as I have in a classroom, and I couldn’t imagine life without it.”






Jaime Berube

Attending Muhlenberg College