Wow! SIX Bernie Yvon Awardees for 2018


JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Six promising performing arts students have received college scholarships from a fund honoring Bernie G. Yvon, a beloved Chicago-area actor who passed away in 2014. The scholarships were made possible through the Bernie G. Yvon Memorial Fund, which was established at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida in 2015 by his parents and supported by contributions of hundreds of friends and colleagues.

Awards of $500 each have been presented to these outstanding performing arts students for the 2018- 2019 school year.

  • ANNIKA CHURCHILL of Round Lake Beach, IL will use her scholarship at Long Island University – Post in Brookville, NY.

  • JOSEPH STORTI of Downers Grove, IL will use his scholarship at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL.

  • TAHIRAH KHADIJA AGBAMUCHE of Ft. Lauderdale, FL will use her scholarship at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • ALI BOURZGUI of Pittsfield, MA will use his scholarship at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

  • ANYA EPSTEIN of Pittsburgh, PA will use her scholarship at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.

  • NOLAN ROBINSON of Evanston, IL will use his scholarship at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

“We’re so pleased to be able to offer six scholarships this year—it’s a growing testimony to the impact that Bernie had and continues to have on so many around him,” his father, Professor Bernard Rene Yvon, commented. “As we said when we established the scholarship, Bernie had a happy life, and he made many other people happy. We want to give others the opportunity to do the same.”

The Bernie G. Yvon Memorial Fund makes scholarships annually in Bernie’s memory; to donate to the fund, please go to, type Yvon in the search box and follow the instructions.

About Bernie G. Yvon (1964-2014)

Bernie was raised in Old Town, Maine and after graduation from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, quickly became a fixture in Chicago-area live theater.  For three decades, he was the consummate song-and-dance man, performing in such classics as Cabaret, Mary Poppins, The Music Man, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  The majority of his career was in Chicago, but he played the role of Harry Houdini in the national tour of Ragtime, and also worked on Broadway and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.