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Tallahassee, FL – Former First Lady Columba Bush and the Foundation for Excellence in Education today launched the 2009-2010 Arts for Life! Scholarship Program. Annually, the Arts for Life! program 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.
“I’m pleased to commence the eleventh year of our annual Arts for Life! Scholarship Program,” said Mrs. Bush. “Through the Foundation for Excellence in Education, it is my hope the number of students involved in the arts in Florida will continue to grow and our communities will continue to help those students flourish by supporting the arts.”
Columba Bush, Florida’s First Lady from 1999 to 2007, is a passionate advocate for the arts and arts education. In 1999, she established the Arts for Life! Scholarship Program to recognize the creativity and artistic talents of high school students throughout Florida. To date, the program has awarded more than a quarter million dollars in scholarships to more than 250 gifted high school seniors in the fields of creative writing, dance, drama, music and the visual arts.
To be considered for an Arts for Life! Scholarship, students must:
- Be graduating high school seniors from a public, private or home education program in Florida in 2010.
- Submit a completed application, a brief essay explaining “How the arts have positively influenced my life” and a sample of work in creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual arts.
A committee of judges for each of the five disciplines, comprised of respected experts, reviews and scores the students’ essays and work samples. Each committee selects the top scoring applicants as recipients of an Arts for Life! scholarship.
Winning seniors will be notified in the spring and invited to a special luncheon in their honor hosted by Jeb and Columba Bush. Recipients are invited to showcase their arts discipline through performance and exhibition during the event. As part of the program’s professional development program, the scholarship recipients will also meet renowned working artists who will provide invaluable advice for pursuing a career in the arts.
To apply for a 2009-2010 Arts for Life! scholarship, interested students should visit www.ExcelinEd.org for an official application and more information on additional requirements. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2010. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact the Foundation for Excellence in Education at (850) 391-4090.
Earlier this year, the Foundation for Excellence in Education celebrated ten years of the Arts for Life! Scholarship Program. In the last decade, Arts for Life! has received thousands of applications from public, private, charter and home school students from across the state and recognized 252 talented artists in 29 counties throughout Florida. As of 2009, $252,000 in cash scholarships have been awarded to 6 creative writers, 25 dancers, 32 actors and actresses, 64 musicians and 125 visual artists. Many of these students have gone on to attend prestigious colleges and universities around the country, including The Julliard School, New York University, Savannah College of Art and Design, The Art Institute of Chicago, Harvard, Yale and Howard Universities, The Florida State University and the Universities of Miami and Florida.