Scholarship for vision-impaired pianist

Young pianist: Sophie Weaver, 8, has received a Variety Heart Scholarship. Picture: Supplied
Young pianist: Sophie Weaver, 8, has received a Variety Heart Scholarship. Picture: Supplied

Sophie Weaver dreams of one day becoming a professional pianist.

The 8 year old from Menai recently received a Variety Heart Scholarship to help her improve her piano skills.

Born with vision impairment from oculocutaneous albinism, Sophie doesn’t want that to get in the way of pursuing her dream.

“I’m thankful to Variety for my scholarship,” Sophie said. “It’s great to be supported in my dream to one day become a professional pianist.”

Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW gives out the scholarships to kids with an existing talent living with a disability, chronic illness or financial hardship.

Scholarships are awarded up to $5000 and can be used towards developing the recipient’s talent.

This is the second time Sophie has been awarded a Variety Heart Scholarship.

Sophie loves entertaining and regularly performs for the residents at Percy Miles Villa in Kirrawee and Miranda Aged Care Facility.

More than 166 children have been assisted by the Variety Heart Scholarships program since it began in 2014. 

Applications are currently open for the next round of scholarships for kids aged 6 to 18. Apply online at varietyscholarships.com.au before November 26.