Project eLEVate (2015)

The Lift Every Voice Pearl Fryar Scholarship

“I was an average student academically; that’s where I came from…then I created this garden that’s international known. It shows that a kid who is average academically can still make important contributions to our society. I want people to be aware of that. I want to be able to encourage those students that don’t always get the attention that may give them the courage to go after their own dreams.” Pearl Fryar, Lee County Observer

Participants who have successfully completed the required activities may apply for the Lift Ev’ry Voice Pearl Fryar Scholarship to further advance through education or some other experience.

Download the application.

Lift Ev’ry Voice Project eLEVate

Project eLEVate will provide opportunities for 20 participants, ages 13-18, to explore who they are, empower themselves, participate in the community, enjoy the rich arts and culture found in the Berkshires, and celebrate African American history, culture and heritage. Project eLEVate is partially funded by Mass Humanities. The program includes:

  • workshops exploring “Who Am I?” through poetry, short fiction and art;
  • an individual identity project using art;
  • seminars on history and African Americans and women;
  • a day of service, tours, museums, libraries and films; and
  • optional family activities (a contemporary dance concert with live music, an R&B/jazz concert and garden barbecue, a 4th of July parade, the oldest African American festival in the Berkshires, and an outdoor concert of contemporary West African pop music, a globe-trotting family circus).

There are 11 days of required activities beginning June 19 through August 8 (transportation and meals will be provided as needed). LEV encourages all participants to participate in other Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival activities, June 14 – August 5.

Stipends and Scholarships: Each participant who successfully completes the required activities will receive a $500 stipend. Each participant who successfully completes the required activities may apply for the Lift Ev’ry Voice Pearl Fryar Scholarship to further advance through education or some other experience.

Application Requirements: Applicants must provide the requested information and provide answers to the listed questions. Parents of applicants must give written permission for their child to participate in Project eLEVate and complete Participant’s Permission Form.
Deadline: May 15; please submit completed applications to Lift Ev’ry Voice, P.O. Box 2275, Pittsfield, MA 01202. No late or incomplete applications will be considered.

For more information and an application form, download the complete Project eLEVate Application packet.

Nominations: Interest in nominating someone for Project eLEVate? Download the nominator letter for more information.


Lift Ev’ry Voice celebrates the freedom of all Americans through the celebration of African-American history, heritage and cultures in the Berkshires, the United States and the African Diaspora. Since 2011, the biannual Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival celebrates that freedom and builds community, educates all ages, and contributes to our regional economy through partnerships with Mass Humanities; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; MASS MoCA; The Mount; WAM Theatre; DownStreet Art; the Martin Luther King Day Committee; the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire County Community College and many others.