Tallahassee, FL Former First Lady Columba Bush and the Foundation for Excellence in Education today announced the 2013 Arts for Life! scholarship winners. These winners were selected from over 450 exceptional high school seniors from 44 counties across Florida. Students in public, magnet, charter, and private schools and home education programs vied for the prestigious award. This year’s scholarship winners were selected by a committee of respected experts in the scholarship’s five disciplines: creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual art.
“Every year I look forward to meeting the outstanding student visual and performing artists that we award,” said Mrs. Bush. “The arts have the power to shape young lives in positive ways and open the door to success in the future. I am proud to support these young artists as they continue their creative pursuits.”
A passionate advocate for the arts and arts education, former First Lady Columba Bush established Arts for Life! in 1999 to recognize the creativity and artistic talents of Florida’s high school students. This year, Arts for Life! will award $2,000 cash scholarships to 25 Florida graduating high school seniors who excel in the visual arts, music, creative writing, drama and dance. Since the program began, more than 325 talented students have been awarded a scholarship.
The 2013 Arts for Life! winners are invited to attend a luncheon in their honor hosted by former Governor Jeb Bush and Columba Bush, on June 21, 2013, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. Prior to the luncheon, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Artist Symposium, a panel of professionals representing several arts disciplines offering guidance and advice based on their experiences. Winners in attendance will also perform or exhibit in the discipline for which they were awarded.
The 2013 Arts for Life! scholarship winners are:
- Arianna Beyer – Music, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Duval
- Andrew Callahan – Music, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Duval
- Ariel Canino – Visual Art, New World School of the Arts, Miami-Dade
- Juliana Carrillo – Creative Writing, PK Yonge Developmental Research School, Alachua
- Marissa Deleeuw – Visual Art, Seabreeze High School, Volusia
- Kelly Doyle – Dance, The Out-of-Door Academy, Sarasota
- Kyle Drury – Visual Art, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Duval
- Destiny Dunkle – Drama, Lake Howell High School, Seminole
- Michelle Farina – Creative Writing, Howard W. Blake High School, Hillsborough
- Shelby Fauvel – Creative Writing, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School, Manatee
- Thomas Goebel – Visual Art, Jensen Beach High School, Martin
- Taylor Goldenberg – Visual Art, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Palm Beach
- Seth Johnson – Music, Lyman High School, Seminole
- Katrina Kauffman – Visual Art, New World School of the Arts, Miami-Dade
- Luis Melendez – Visual Art, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Palm Beach
- Mateo Nava – Visual Art, Design and Architecture Senior High School, Miami-Dade
- John Oldenborg – Creative Writing, Bishop Verot Catholic High School, Lee
- Teresa Perrotta – Music, Olympia High School, Orange
- Logan Rackear – Visual Art, New World School of the Arts, Miami-Dade
- Christie Ramsaran – Visual Art, American Heritage School, Broward
- Jurissa Tellez – Visual Art, Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami-Dade
- Santiago Vivas-Gonzalez – Music, Cypress Bay High School, Broward
- Tamara Walker – Visual Art, New World School of the Arts, Miami-Dade
- Helena Whittaker – Drama, Fort Walton Beach High School, Okaloosa
- Jade Zaroff – Drama, West Boca Raton Community High School, Palm Beach
The 2013 Arts for Life! scholarships are made possible through the generosity of Ronald O. Perelman.
The Foundation for Excellence in Education thanks the following patrons for their support of the 2013 Arts for Life! program: Maestro: William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust; Composer: Kyra InfoTech, Publix Super Markets Charities, Raymond James; Surrealist: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Britto Central, Florida House on Capitol Hill, Jeanne Godwin, Knight Foundation, Robert & Margaret Rothman, Wells Fargo; Protege: Florida Lottery and Independent Living Systems.
In addition to the $2,000 cash award, this year Arts for Life! instituted a College Matching Program providing an additional matching, in-kind scholarship, worth a minimum of $1,000, to award winners attending one the these participating Florida institutions of higher education: Broward College, College of Central Florida, Flagler College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida College, Florida Institute of Technology, Jacksonville University, NOVA Southeastern University and Stetson University.