AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - To honor the memory of Kody Ryan Hodge, an Amarillo College theater student, the Kody Hodge Foundation has been created to assist students in Texas who are actively pursuing their passion for theater.
The Kody Hodge Foundation was created to celebrate the life of Amarillo College theater student Kody Ryan Hodge, initially beginning as a scholarship fund.
“To say Kody loved theater and acting somehow seems inadequate--Kody was theater,” said Kody’s father and Kody Hodge Foundation President, Ryan Hodge. “He was always more at home on stage than off."
The idea of the foundation quickly grew after an overwhelming amount of generosity and support from the community.
The Kody Hodge Foundation will award a scholarship every year to an incoming freshman theater student attending Amarillo College.
The foundation has also partnered with Amarillo College, Kamino Technology, The Amarillo Area Foundation and the Amarillo Convention and Visitors Council to host a yearly UIL One Act Prep Festival at the Globe-News Center. The festival aims to bring theater students together from schools all throughout Texas.
“The sponsorship of the one act play festival will give many high school students the opportunity to enhance their theatrical skills in advance of state competitions, while also providing our community with a showcase and a positive economic impact,” said Senior Vice President of the Amarillo CVC Dan Quandt.
The foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the Spring 2019 semester until March 31 and the first UIL festival is scheduled for February 28 through the 29 in 2020.
More information about the Kody Hodge Foundation, as well as scholarship requirements and details regarding upcoming UIL festivals can be found online.