About Arts for Life!
Mrs. Columba Bush, Florida’s First Lady from 1999 to 2007, is a passionate advocate for the arts and arts education. In 1999, she established Arts for Life! to recognize the creativity and artistic talents of high school students’ throughout Florida. Since then, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 425 high school seniors.
Annually, Arts for Life! awards $1,000 scholarships to 25 Florida high school seniors who demonstrate academic and artistic excellence in creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual art. In addition to the program’s $1,000 cash award, winners will be automatically eligible to receive a matching in-kind scholarship if they attend a participating Florida institution for higher education listed on our College Matching Program page.
To qualify, students must be graduating high school seniors in Florida during the current application period and submit a completed application. The application period runs from October 1 – February 1.
The Arts for Life! program is presented by the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization launched in 2007 by Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. The organization’s mission is to improve the quality of education in classrooms across Florida and the nation by sponsoring innovative programs based on high academic standards, accountability, school choice and quality teaching.