Among the first areas
of support by the Foundation were the Blue Lake Fine
Arts Academy and the Chelsea Center for the Development
of Art, programs whose activities were close personal
interests of Aziza. The endowments honor Aziza’s
passion for the creative and performing arts and provide
assistance to deserving pre-teens from the Southeast
Blue Lake Fine Arts Academy
The Blue Lake Fine Arts Academy’s Aziza Ghori
Memorial Endowment Fund was created in May 2003 as part
of Blue Lake’s permanent endowment. The Fund provides
perpetual scholarship assistance for Blue Lake’s
annual two-week Music Camp for one student enrolled
at Henry Haig Elementary School in Dearborn, Michigan
(which Aziza attended). The primary selection criteria
are creative passion and financial need.
Lake’s Fine Arts Camp was founded in 1966
and provides a summer music program with art, dance
and theater programs for talented young people. Since
the establishment of the US$5000 Aziza Ghori Memorial
Endowment Fund, three Haig Elementary School 5th grade
students have received the scholarship and attended
Blue Lake Fine Arts Academy’s specialized music
program at the Camp for two weeks of the summer. The
endowment will be considered fully-endowed at US$15,000
and will then provide a full tuition scholarship.
Chelsea Center for the Development
of Arts (CCDA)
In September 2003, the Foundation made a US$2,500 grant
to the Chelsea
Center for the Development of Arts to endow a Scholarship
in perpetuity in Aziza's name and to honor her love
for the arts.
The endowment funds an annual grant
to a 5th grade student from the Chelsea school system
who is enthusiastic about the arts and shows promise
as an artist.
The grant is for a one-week summer
camp or a six-week Fall/Winter session. To introduce
the grant, a one-time youth workshop for all elementary
school-aged students was held in November 2003.