Henry W. Grady High School senior Michael Noah Clinkscales was honored as a 2015 Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. Scholarship recipient during the annual Trumpet Awards show held Jan. 24, 2015 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. The Trumpet Awards salute and honor African-American achievement, featuring celebrity presenters with live performances from some of the most talented entertainers in the business.
Each year The Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. provides scholarships to deserving qualified, motivated, minority students for their valuable contributions to society during the Trumpet Awards celebration. The scholarship awards students up to $20,000 towards their tuition to the college or university of their choice. During the ceremony, Clinkscales was recognized as a scholarship recipient and had the opportunity to meet the Trumpet Awards founder and pioneer journalist Xernona Clayton.
Clinkscales plans to attend Oral Roberts University to major in performing arts and minor in technology and business. “My goal is to create unique opportunities and resources for young men and women to be empowered to succeed in life,” said Clinkscales who plans to pursue a career in the performing arts and become a clergy member. “My future endeavors will center on my life in ministry and my passion for the arts, and how I creatively bridge the two together.”
At Grady High School, Clinkscales has received academic excellence awards since 2011, is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Career Pathway Completion Award, he won the 2013 Grady High Talent Show, and he is the 2014 runner-up to Mr. Grady High School.
Clinkscales also has performed with the Grady High School Chorus with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 2012-2014 for the past two years. He is a member of the Drama Club, Triple-Threat Club, and played for the junior Ultimate Frisbee team.
Clinkscales serves his community by volunteering for Embracing Hospice Care Facility, Hunger No More Outreach, Inc. and the Rock Church of Atlanta.