Tallahassee, FL – Columba Bush and the Foundation for Excellence in Education today launched the 2011-2012 Arts for Life!Â Program. Annually, Arts for Life! recognizes 25 graduating high school seniors from across Florida for outstanding achievement in the arts. Each recipient receives a $1,000 cash scholarship toward their pursuit of the arts in higher education.
Columba Bush, Florida’s First Lady from 1999-2007, is a passionate advocate for the arts and arts education. In 1999, she established Arts for Life!, a scholarship program to recognize the creativity and artistic talents of high school students throughout Florida. To date, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 300 gifted high school seniors in the field of visual arts, dance, drama, music and creative writing.
To be considered for an Arts for Life! scholarship, students must:
â€¢Â Be a graduating high school senior from a public, private or home education program in Florida.
â€¢Â Submit a completed application, a brief essay explaining “How the arts have positively influenced my life” and a sample of their work in the visual arts, dance, drama, music or creative writing.
A committee of judges for each of the five disciplines, comprised of respected experts, reviews and scores the students’ essays and work samples. Scholarships are awarded to top scorers in each discipline. Scholarships will be awarded in the Spring of 2012.