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Art League of Ocean City Scholarships

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SALISBURY, Md. - One way to keep local communities thriving in the arts is to nurture creativity throughout the process. Support is critical, especially when students are ready to leave the nest and head off to college. The Art League of Ocean City is providing exactly that type of support.

The Art League has offered a scholarship every year since 1991, and Executive Director Rina Thaler says it's been a huge success. "The scholarship program has been one of our biggest joys at the Art League, because we've watched kids who are now in their thirties and forties. Our first scholarship winner was Jennifer Wills. She went on to a career on Broadway," says Rina.

The scholarship is worth $1,000, and winners are allowed to re-apply each year. In the past, the Art League has offered the scholarship through Stephen Decatur High School alone, but this year, they've expanded the field.

"Now, we're offering scholarships to any Worcester County resident -- whether they're public school, private school, or home-schooled – who wishes to pursue a degree in the visual arts," Rina says.

The application is available on the Art League's website, or through any Worcester County High School guidance office.

You can also stop by in person, which Rina says would be a treat of its own, "If you haven't stopped by the new Ocean City Center for the Arts, I do encourage people to come by. There is nothing like it on the Eastern Shore."  The Center is located on 94th Street in Ocean City.

The deadline to apply is April 8th. After applying, candidates will interview with the scholarship committee. The winner is presented with the award at one of the League's exhibitions in July.

The Art League raises money by raffling paintings and having fundraisers.

Last year they auctioned a large Pete Cosby original, and right now there's a piece up for silent auction. That money will go directly to the scholarship fund.


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