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Shockley Music & Theatre is proud sponsor of the

raymond cruz memorial scholarship


Raymond M. Cruz

Raymond Marcial Cruz valiantly fought a three-year battle with Ewing-like Sarcoma. He was a talented singer-songwriter, who throughout his battle shared his message of hope, love, positivity and generosity through his music. Ray lived fully through every moment of his life. He was wise beyond his years and was not shy about sharing his wisdom if he felt you needed to hear it. He was an amazingly keen young man who understood the human spirit like few others. He was not afraid to step in and be the spark for others when their own light dimmed and needed rekindling. He was a constant bright light to those who had the pleasure and honor of knowing him. His legacy of joy, kindness, grace, and generosity will live on in those who knew him and through the good works that will continue in his name.


For more information on Raymond's foundation, please visit

Applications now open for the Class of '23!

In partnership with Gift of Song, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Raymond Cruz Memorial scholarship is dedicated to providing a BIPOC student from middle Tennessee area who wishes to pursue theatre with resources to audition for college MT/Acting programs.

The recipient of this scholarship will receive:

​*An "Ultimate" Coaching Package from our partner, College Audition Project (CAP)

*Registration for participation in CAP United Auditions, held in November 2022.


*Acting instruction and monologue coaching package from our partner, MJE Acting Studio

*Voice training and audition rep coaching Shockley Music and Theatre

*Summer College Audition workshop (including travel expenses) with Broadway Artists Alliance in NYC

*Funding for college application fees where waivers are not available.

*Funding for travel expenses related to college visits and live auditions

*Additional resources and funding for audition necessities such as headshots, apparel, dance shoes, sheet music, piano tracks and technology required for prescreens and virtual auditions


*Assistance with college program research; cost of attendance, application requirements, schedules, deadlines and financial aid.




 For questions or more information, please email

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