Sunday, April 1, 2012

Artist for World Peace Scholarships available for High School Students

Artists for World Peace is pleased to announce that it is accepting scholarship applications from high school juniors or seniors who are residing in Middletown . Eligible applicants will be pursuing higher education in the arts, be involved in community service activities and have a demonstrated need for financial assistance. Awards will be given in the amounts between $100 and $1,000. The Application deadline is April 16, 2012. Applications may be obtained from the Guidance departments at Xavier, Mercy, Vinal, The Hartford Academy of the Arts or Middletown High School. Applications may also be downloaded from the Artists for World Peace website.The Scholarship Committee is comprised of Artists for World Peace founder Wendy Black-Nasta and Board member Jennifer Lia, Middletown Teen Theater Director Ali Sinacrope, Middletown High School art teacher Charlotte McCoid, Oddfellows Playhouse Executive Director Matt Pugliese, Middletown Youth Service Coordinator Justin Carbonella and Citizen Bank Manager Glen Taylor. The committee is chaired by Priscilla Harnesk..
Artists for World Peace was presented with study results conducted by Professor Rob Rosenthal’s Wesleyan University sociology students. The study found that there is a great economic divide in resources for students pursuing the arts. Students with greater economic resources are at a higher advantage; having the ability to participate in private lessons and purchase supplies. Artists for World Peace decided to help level the playing field by providing scholarships for items like lessons and materials.
Scholarship chair Priscilla Harnesk said, “We are thrilled to begin this scholarship fund. We see a great need. Our hope is that our esteemed committee will be able to provide not only financial aid but also mentorship advice.

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