Vans, Lollapalooza Award Pair of Berklee Scholarships

From left: Ryan DeWitt (Vans East Coast Marketing Manager), Jeff Apruzzese (Passion Pit bassist), Miette Hope-Goldman and Jeffrey Dorenfeld (Berklee Professor of Music Business/Management).
From left: Ryan DeWitt (Vans East Coast Marketing Manager), Jeff Apruzzese (Passion Pit bassist), Miette Hope-Goldman and Jeffrey Dorenfeld (Berklee Professor of Music Business/Management).
Emily Driskill

Vans and the Berklee College of Music have awarded Miette Hope-Goldman the first ever Off The Wall Scholarship.

Representatives from both the school and the apparel company congratulated the 17-year-old singer-songwriter with a surprise visit at her Colorado home from Passion Pit bassist and Berklee alum Jeff Apruzzese.

“Miette was a natural choice for the scholarship because she displayed a wide range of musical, creative, and academic traits that are important for Berklee and Vans as partners,” Tod Oliviere, director of scholarships at Berklee, said in a press release. “Her original songs have shape, her arrangements are good, and she shows excellent potential as an artist. We are so happy that such a bright, young musician will be able to launch her career at Berklee and inspire others to do so as well through the generous support of Vans.”

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In addition to the four-year award—which covers tuition, room, and board—Hope-Goldman also received a Vans wardrobe and guitar during a performance in her hometown.

The Colorado-based singer-songwriter isn’t the only budding artist to receive a high-profile scholarship from the college.

18-year-old vocalist Jackie Foster of Poway, Calif., was recently awarded the Berklee Lollapalooza Scholarship.

Foster was picked by the college and music festival for her vocal abilities, which she’s showcased in choirs and as the lead soloist in jazz band. She will also receive a full scholarship to study full-time at the college.