Nearly 500 Students Apply for Scholarships in 2010
Last school year, 490 outstanding high school seniors from 43 counties across Florida applied for a scholarship – another record number of applicants for the program. Students in public, magnet, charter, private schools and home education vied for the prestigious award. Scholarship winners were selected by a committee of respected experts in each of the five disciplines. Scholarships were awarded to 12 visual artists, five musicians, four creative writers, two actors, one set designer and one dancer.
Arts Patron of the Year
The Foundation for Excellence in Education awarded the “Guardian of the Arts” to Kathleen Shanahan at the eleventh annual Arts for Life! Scholarship Award Luncheon. Shanahan, Chief Executive Officer of WRSCompass and member of the Florida State Board of Education, was recognized for her outstanding commitment to the success of the Arts for Life! Scholarship Program.
“Kathleen’s unwavering support of Arts for Life! ensures Florida’s young artists will continue to be recognized for their artistic talent,” said former Governor Jeb Bush. “Columba and I are grateful for her extraordinary efforts.”
Kathleen Shanahan is dedicated to public service. She served in high-ranking government roles including Deputy Secretary of the Trade and Commerce Agency in California, Special Assistant to then-Vice President George Bush, and staff assistant on President Reagan’s National Security Council. She was the 1992 Bush-Quayle Deputy Campaign Manager in California, Deputy GOP Convention Director for the 1988 George Bush for President Campaign and Governor Pete Wilson’s re-election Campaign Manager.
More than a Decade of Arts for Life!
Former First Lady Columba Bush created Arts for Life! in 1999 to help high school seniors pursue their passion for the arts after graduation. Arts for Life! annually awards $1,000 cash scholarships to 25 Florida graduating high school seniors who demonstrate academic and artistic excellence in the visual arts, music, dance, drama and creative writing. Since 1999, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 250 talented students.
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