Monterey County graduate seniors receive $ 2,500 scholarship
MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. (KION) The Monterey County Arts Council has awarded seven scholarships of $ 2,500 to graduate graduates who pursue college education in the arts including graphic design, the performing arts, literature and filmmaking.
Congratulations to the 2021 University Scholarship Recipients:
Brooke Toomey graduated from Salinas High School. She is on her way to Columbia University to study Film and Media Studies and Creative Writing. She hopes to become a director and director of photography. One of the videos she produced even won an award in 2019.
hi my names brooke and i made this video which won my district film festival and my next goal is to win an oscar so watch and retweet this to make my dream come true thanks https://t.co/FKpoVuZ7mV
– bruukie (@brooketoomey_) April 26, 2019
âI am so grateful for this award and honor, and recognitions like these that help me feel confident in pursuing my career goals of becoming a director and cinematographer,â Toomey said. “I am very grateful to the Arts Council and all they do to help artists in our community, like me,”
Grantees, Leila Cheyenne Chappell from Carmel High School and Zoe Blankenship from North Salinas High School both pursue music. Chappell is studying local performance in the fall at Berklee College of Music. Blankenship is pursuing a music education with a focus on voice at San Jose State University to become a music teacher.
For Tawny hoang, this is not the first time that she has been recognized for her artistic achievements. The Soledad high school student also won first place in the Poetry Out Loud competition in February.
âThis scholarship helps me by showing me that there are people out there who support me even though they are anonymous to me and even though I don’t know them,â Hoang said of the Monterey Bay Arts Council. “It just shows that people are supporting you no matter what and that what I do in my life is supported and I really needed that encouragement.”
Another high school student from Soledad, Noelle Raneses hopes to use the scholarship money to help her pave the way for becoming a professional digital artist. Raneses will attend California State University, Monterey Bay, to earn her BA in Communication Design.
Pianist and theater lover, Leanne mae lonto Marina’s high school is linked to San Francisco State University. Lonto is majoring in theater and possibly a minor in cinema.
âI will use the scholarship money to help pay for my tuition,â Lonto said. “It will be a huge help for me and my family.”
Laurel Bowen of Pacific Grove High School was another recipient.
âI am so grateful to have a talented and respected group of artists who appreciate my work and believe that I have and will continue to have a positive impact on my community with my music, my acting and my poetry,â said Bowen.
According to the Monterey County Arts Council, the awards were thanks to donations from the Monterey County Gives.
“During this critical past year, we are very grateful for the incredible generosity of our community!” said Jacquie Atchison, Executive Director of Arts4MC. “This is certainly the time to support our young people in their career efforts and to lighten the financial burden of college studies a little.”
The recipients explained how they plan to use the scholarship money.
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