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Benz awarded Starstruck Scholarship

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Steve Bishir of Vol State, student Braden Benz and Narvel Blackstock, owner and operator of Starstruck Entertainment. SUBMITTED

Lebanon's Braden Benz recently became the first student to benefit from a partnership between Starstruck Entertainment of Nashville and Volunteer State Community College.

Benz was awarded a scholarship of $2,500 and will intern in the Starstruck Entertainment video department.

"I will work on some of their shoots, helping on promotional videos for Starstruck artists," Benz said. "I've always enjoyed film. My goal eventually is to do feature films."

Benz is part of the entertainment media production program at Vol State, which combines video production, music production, recording industry management, music business and web/multimedia design tracks. The students in the various tracks work together on a collaborative Capstone project each year and will present their work to a group of producers and Nashville music professionals at Starstruck Entertainment headquarters on Music Row. The Vol State Entertainment Media Production program is directed by five-time Grammy Award winner Steve Bishir.

The Starstruck scholarship is specifically for a student planning a career in the entertainment industry. Scholarship applicants must be able to enroll as a full-time music or entertainment media production major for the fall semester. To learn more, visit

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