The foundation, established in honor of the late We Came As Romans vocalist, has teamed up with the Battle Creek Community Foundation to start the Kyle Cares Scholarship. The scholarship offers up to $2,000 to musicians who have encountered hardship because of the COVID-19 crisis.
Back in 2018, We Came As Romans’ Kyle Pavone tragically passed away due to an accidental overdose. Soon after his death, the Kyle Pavone Foundation was established. Over the years, the organization has provided education, awareness and compassion to those suffering from addiction.
Now, the Kyle Pavone Foundation is supporting musicians who have faced great hardship because of the pandemic. The Kyle Cares Scholarship is available to musicians who are in need of financial assistance to help with mental and physical health, substance abuse treatment, nutrition and food deficits and/or housing. Up to $2,000 will be awarded to applicants until funds for the scholarship have been exhausted.
Vince and Caroline Pavone, Kyle Pavone’s parents, hope this scholarship will further support struggling musicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In honor of our son Kyle Pavone, we wanted to do something that would help musicians during this time of great need,” they say. “Even under normal circumstances, the life of a musician can be a lot to handle. And the current situation we’re living in only amplifies that struggle. We thought the best thing we could do, what Kyle would want us to do, is to help musicians who are facing difficult times because of circumstances that are beyond their control.”
Those interested can submit their applications for the Kyle Cares Scholarship here. The foundation will respond to applicants within three business weeks.
“Since Kyle’s passing, we’ve always said that the opposite of addiction is connection,” the Pavones say. “If we can help even just one musician get through these tough times, stay connected to loved ones and help them continue to pursue their dreams, then we’ve done something Kyle would be proud of.”
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