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The Mask & Wig Club presents "Tight, Camera, Action!", its125th annual production, at the Iron Gate Theatre in 2012. 

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The Mask and Wig Club is living up to its motto — “Justice to the stage, credit to the University” — with the recently endowed Mask and Wig Club Performing Arts Scholarship Fund, another example of its choice to give back to the University and the community.

Last week, the fund officially announced the first-ever recipient of the scholarship, which is endowed almost entirely by Mask and Wig alumni under the age of 40. This year’s recipient is Nora Lueth , an active member of multiple performing arts groups on campus.

The Mask and Wig Club Scholarship Fund, which has an endowment of nearly $300,000, is awarded every other year to a rising Penn junior with financial need who is a leader in the performing arts community.

“Over the course of its 125-year history, Mask and Wig has been the scene of the best times of our college lives,” Mask and Wig Graduate President and 1976 College graduate James C. Praley said. “This scholarship allows a way for young alums to give something back to the University’s thriving performing arts community that was so important to our college experience.”

Lueth, who is a nursing student, president of the premier female singing ensemble Penn Sirens and junior coordinator of the pre-orientation program Penn Arts, was overjoyed when she found out she was to be the first recipient of the scholarship.

“A group that has given so much laughter and tradition to Penn is now giving back to the performing arts community by supporting its current students and that just means so much to me and many others,” Lueth said of the fund. “I’m excited to see Penn performing arts students benefit from this fund for many years to come.”

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