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Artsbridge seeks scholarship nominations

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge is seeking nominations and applications for two fine arts scholarships.

For the last two school years Artsbridge has hosted Parkersburg native Luke Frazier, founder and conductor of the American Pops Orchestra, for Artists-On-Tour school tour performances. In the summer of 2019, Frazier approached Artsbridge with the idea for an annual scholarship for graduating high school seniors who are pursuing Fine Arts in college.

After a few months of preparation, the scholarship application and rubric were created and distributed to local high school guidance counselors, administrators, and fine arts teachers.

The application and rubric are also available on the Artsbridge website, artsbridgeonline.org.

The scholarship, called the Donna Campbell Award for Excellence after Frazier’s grandmother, is $1,000 for the first semester of college.

Frazier also set up an award for an outstanding Fine Arts Teacher. This award, called the Janet Frazier Award for Excellence, also named for one of Frazier’s grandmothers, will have two winners annually– one elementary or middle school Fine Arts teacher and one high school Fine Arts teacher.

Nominees for this award must be currently teaching arts, music or drama. Both recipients will receive $500 for supplies for their classroom and a gift basket full of locally made items.

Nominations can be made by parents, students, administrators, fellow teachers and community members. Nomination applications can be found on the Artsbridge website; artsbridgeonline.org under “Arts Education” or by calling Artsbridge at 1-304-428-3988 to request a copy.

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