Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Center presents scholarships

Express Staff Writer

The Sun Valley Center for the Artsí 2010 scholarship reception presented Blaine County high school students and college-bound seniors with scholarships to pursue their interests. Courtesy photo

On March 15, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts gave more than $50,000 in scholarships to 38 Blaine County students and educators.

The Center's scholarships are open to Blaine County high school students and college-bound seniors as well as to Wood River Valley teachers pursuing professional development. The Center offers multiple awards to each of these groups. In addition, The Center administers the Ezra Pound Award for the Visual Arts, given to one Blaine County high school junior.

Twenty high school students received Arts and Humanities Scholarships to attend a wide variety of summer programs, including a pre-college program at the Rhode Island School of Design, Mammoth Lakes Jazz Camp and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music.

Stephanie Sloan, currently enrolled and on the dean's list at the Berklee College of Music, received this year's Gay V. Weake Scholarship. Barrett Brown received the Ezra Pound Award and plans to attend a pre-college program at the Ringling College of Art and Design. This award is supported by part-time Hailey resident Jennifer Wilson, who was instrumental in acquiring and remodeling poet Ezra Pound's birthplace, now known as the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Hailey.

Six Wood River Valley educators also received funds to attend workshops and take courses in their fields. Awards are based on artistic merit, application materials and financial need. Each applicant submits references, essays and background information to a committee made up of community members. An awards ceremony and reception for recipients and their families will be held Tuesday, April 19, at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum

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