Governor Jeb Bush and Columba Bush Honor Arts for Life! Florida Scholarship Winners
ExcelinEd Celebrates 15 Years of Arts for Life! at the Adrienne Arsht Center
MIAMI, FL – Today, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) and former first lady Columba Bush celebrated 15 years of the Arts for Life! program during a luncheon honoring the 2014 Arts for Life! winners. The luncheon was hosted at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, an institution with a shared mission of investing in emerging local artists. Mrs. Bush – a passionate advocate for the arts and arts education – established Arts for Life! in 1999 to recognize the creativity and artistic talents of Florida’s high school students. In the program’s 15 years, over a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships have been awarded to more than 350 talented students in recognition of their achievement in the arts.
“I have witnessed firsthand the power the arts have to shape young lives in positive and inspiring ways, and I’m so excited to see what these talented scholarship winners will accomplish in the years to come,” said Mrs. Bush. “It is a joy to celebrate 15 years of the Arts for Life! program in Florida. The arts are a rich part of Florida’s history, and I know that talented young artists like the ones we honor today will ensure the arts play a key role in our state’s future.”
Columba Bush Announces the 2014 Arts for Life! Scholarship Winners
Tallahassee, FL – Former First Lady Columba Bush and the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) today announced the 2014 Arts for Life! scholarship winners. These winners were selected from over 600 outstanding applicants from 47 counties across Florida. Students in public, magnet, charter, virtual, and private schools as well as home education programs vied for the prestigious award. This year’s scholarship winners were selected by a committee of respected experts in one of the scholarship’s five disciplines: creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual art.
“Each year I enjoy meeting the wonderful students and their family members,” said Mrs. Bush. “I am proud to support these young artists as they continue their creative pursuits. Their vision and passion for the arts is so inspiring.”
2014 Arts for Life! Scholarship Deadline is February 1st
The Arts for Life! Scholarship Program annually awards $2,000 scholarships to 25 graduating high school seniors in Florida who demonstrate excellence in visual art, music, dance, drama or creative writing. Launched by former First Lady Columba Bush in 1999, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 350 gifted high school seniors.