Brigid Harrington Wins Prestigious Scholarship

May 16, 2018
Brigid Harrington

Brigid Harrington of Barnegat Township was selected as one of nine students in all of Ocean County for the George A. Riester Scholarship. This scholarship is for the top academic students in Ocean County based on class rank, GPA and SAT scores.

There were 125 students throughout Ocean County who qualified and applied.

“I wrote an essay and was selected as one of 16 semi-finalists,” she said. “The scholarship committee then interviewed me, and I was selected as what they referred to as ‘one of the most exceptional students in Ocean County.’”

She will receive the $1,000 scholarship at a special breakfast on May 22.

Harrington has committed to the University of Notre Dame, and will be a double major in what she said are her two passions – film/television/theater and political science. 

“Ever since I started my acting career on the Disney Channel and on Broadway, my parents always stressed my education,” she said. “It was a lot of hard work to succeed in public school because of my busy professional work schedule. With help from my teachers, principals and my family, I was able to do very well and I was accepted to several top universities. Notre Dame was ultimately my top choice – not only because of its overall excellence as a university, but also because of its commitment to the arts. After speaking to professors over the past few years I found that we shared a similar philosophy of professional growth and taking risks. That made Notre Dame the best fit for me to continue my training as an artist. I am also very excited to focus on vocal training at Notre Dame. With all my experience, I’ve never had any real formal vocal training, and I can’t wait to get started at Notre Dame; the staff is absolutely amazing, along with the facilities.”

Acting also fueled her interest in politics.

“At a young age on Broadway I became aware of social issues and service to the community,” she said. “I really enjoyed participating in a variety of causes, and I saw how being an actor and working for social justice was a powerful combination.”

Harrington  appeared on Broadway as Jane Banks in “Mary Poppins” and at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre as Susan Waverly in “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.” In 2015, she won the “People’s Choice” in the New Jersey Shout-Down Drugs songwriting competition and performed her original song at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Other credits include “Benji the Dove,” a feature film in which she plays Julie. On The Disney Channel show “Chuggington,” Harrington voices a lead character, Koko.

— Eric Englund

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