Debbie Blais, founder, owner and operator of Debbie Blais Real Estate and Blais Builders, is giving the gift of the arts to a few lucky students. Inspired by one of her favorite Henry David Thoreau quotes, "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined,” she has created The Dream Scholarship, offering local arts students $1,000 annually in scholarship funds.
After visiting the Burt Wood School of the Performing Arts for a craft fair, Blais reached out to school owner Lorna Brunelle, pledging $1,000 in scholarship funds to help children experience the joy of the arts. Brunelle accepted letters of interest from families in the Middleboro area who felt that their artistic dreams had been halted due to lack of access to arts funding. Two local children were hand selected for the 2013 award—Alannah Henault of Berkley, Mass. and Emily Travers of Taunton, Mass. Both students used their scholarship winnings to support a class at The Burt Wood School inspired by the hit television show Glee.
Blais, a Middleboro, Mass. mogul, maintains a successful empire in real estate, development and construction. A lifelong resident of Middleboro and a business woman for over 25 years, Ms. Blais has been active in many community projects and events. As a local business leader, she continues to play an important role in the artistic evolution and education of today’s youth.
“The Debbie Blais Dream Scholarship is earmarked for students, who because of financial limitations, would not be able to attend,” states Blais. “I believe in pursuing your dream, regardless of the obstacles; in this case it is money to pay for the courses. As a business woman, I believe that art has a profound effect on the quality of our lives; how we view and interact in the world around us.”
For more information on The Dream Scholarship, visit www.debbieblais.com.