Four Duval County Students Named 2011 Arts for Life! Scholarship Winners | Arts & Culture

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Four Duval County Students Named 2011 Arts for Life! Scholarship Winners

Four Douglas Anderson School of the Arts students were selected to receive scholarships as the 2011 Arts for Life! winners.

These four students were selected to receive the scholarships in their specified discipline: Frances Grant, visual arts; Ciara de Leon, music; Jacob Bellinger; creative writing; and Courtnee Carter, drama.

These winners were selected from 444 outstanding high school seniors from 37 counties across Florida. Students in public, magnet, charter, private schools and home education vied for the prestigious award. This year’s scholarship winners were selected by a committee of respected experts in the scholarship’s five disciplines.

“It is important that our students develop skills in not only the core subject areas, but also in the creative arts,” said Superintendent Pratt-Dannals. “We want our students to graduate with a well-rounded education that provides them with knowledge in math, science, English and social studies, but also allows them to express themselves in unique ways.”

Former First Lady Columba 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.  Arts for Life! annually awards $1,000 cash scholarships to 25 Florida graduating high school seniors who excel in the visual arts, music, creative writing, drama and dance. Since 1999, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 275 talented students.

Students had the opportunity to meet with Governor and Mrs. Bush at a luncheon in their honor at the Mahaffey Theater and the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Prior to the luncheon, students had the opportunity to participate in a professional development workshop with a panel of respected experts in several art disciplines.

Duval County Public Schools operates 172 schools and serves approximately 123,000 students. The school district is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that will inspire all students to acquire and use the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a global economy, and culturally diverse world.

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