For as long as CCF scholarship recipient Jack Saleeby can remember, he knew he wanted to be on stage. From the moment he performed the lead singing role in his Kindergarten Christmas pageant, Jack realized that this was where he wanted to be. Beginning with summer theatre camp at age five, “I loved the feeling that I got when I was performing on stage and of creating something meaningful with others,” comments Jack. Throughout his childhood, Jack participated in theatrical summer camp programs and performed in countless local productions, solidifying his career path.
“In fifth grade, I performed in a Thomaston Opera House production of RagTime directed by Director Sharon Wilcox. She took me under her wing and was instrumental in influencing my decision to enter a performing arts career.” Jack later attended Waterbury Arts Magnet School, where he received an excellent education and world class theatrical training. “My instructors taught me to become a true artist. They stressed how who I am impacts the role I am playing and what I can bring to a production.”
When it was time for college, Jack received important support from the N. Patricia Yarborough Fund, a scholarship fund held and administered by Connecticut Community Foundation. The late Dr. Yarborough – a former CCF trustee and president of Post University – created the fund to support students like Jack who are entering music, art, dance, or theater careers. Jack has put his scholarship support to good use and has excelled as a Theatre Arts Major at Hofstra University. “When I visited Hofstra, I immediately felt at home,” reflects Jack.
In addition to performing in many university productions, he has been active in student affairs and has served as a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, Admissions Tour Guide, and president of Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society. Jack is a grateful recipient of the CCF scholarship. “I wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of CCF and the generosity Dr. Yarborough showed so many years ago in creating her fund. For me college is more than an education or a degree. It’s a priceless experience that really shapes the person that I am becoming.” Helping an aspiring actor achieve his life-long dream – Timeless Impact.