Meet Our Lucky 2023 Scholarship Recipient!
The Dio and our non-profit board of directors, The Muses of Dionysus, wish to congratulate the 2022 recipient of the Mary Jo Del Vero Memorial Scholarship, Gracie Sheets! We thank our fantastic Dio Donors for making this scholarship possible through their charitable giving.
Gracie is a senior at Howell High School. She will be attending the University of Detroit Mercy for a double major in Theatre and Developmental Psychology. She was in her high school’s advanced drama class, was a member of their International Thespian Society troupe, student taught Drama I and Drama II, and was a part of many productions, most recently being in the ensemble of Mamma Mia. She has spent her summers helping with tech and costumes for summer camps at Hartland’s Encore Youth Theatre. She would like to thank her teachers and directors over the years for all the opportunities they have given her, as well as her friends and family for always supporting her.
The Mary Jo Del Vero Memorial Scholarship is lovingly named for educator and Arts advocate, Mary Jo Del Vero, who left us unexpectedly and far too soon in 2020. She was a talented performer, appearing in productions across Livingston County, including at The Dio where she sang in many fundraising concerts that made our work possible, and where she originated the role of Betty Sue Franklin in our original Christmas musical, Home for the Holidays. MJ was a dear friend to Dio co-founders, Steve DeBruyne and Matt Tomich, as well as to the President of The Muses of Dionysus, Taylor Epp. She is greatly missed.