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LQAF 2014-2015 Visual Art Scholarship Winners

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La Quinta Arts Foundation (LQAF) has awarded $50,000 to 29 art majors to attend college during the 2014-2015 academic year. This amount includes $8,000 from the Ryan Ramirez Memorial Scholarship Fund, as well as memorial donations in the names of Melville Keever, and Nancy and David Marks.

This brings the grand total of LQAF’s scholarship awards to $1,147,752 to students pursuing college degrees in the visual arts since the program was instituted in 1984.

LQAF Congratulates the following 2014-2015 Scholarship Winners
(Scroll down to see a gallery of their work):


First Time Scholarship Recipients:

Landon Duarte – University of Redlands (University of Redlands)

Bridgid Elliott-Pope – Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (Palm Desert High School)

Chelzea Furtado – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo University (La Quinta High School)

David Gonzalez-Silva – College of the Desert

Shana Johnson – University of Arts London (Palm Desert High School)

Jesus Mata – Art Institute Hollywood (Cathedral City High School)

Sammantha MaGaw – CSU Sacramento (Desert Hot Springs High School)

Paulina Mendoza – Art Institute Inland Empire (Indio High School)

Evelyn Olvera – CSU Long Beach (Desert Hot Springs High School)

Yrene Ramirez – Cal Arts (Xavier High School)

Nikita Sacakusumah – OTIS College of Art and Design (La Quinta High School)

Colby Tarsitano – New York University (La Quinta High School)

Harley Weir – Laguna College






Returning Scholarship Recipients:

Sienna Atsye – San Francisco State University

Cristian Cabrera – College of the Desert

Bethany Case – George Mason University

Tristan Esmino – CSU San Bernardino

Zayra Favares – College of the Desert

Ashley Hapner – Loyola Marymount

Kyra Key – CSU Northridge

Salle Kirby – CSU Fullerton

Carina LaViolette – Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Ashton Morgan – College of the Desert

Brittany North – UC Riverside

Roberto Oceguera – Woodbury

Virginia Santillanes – College of the Desert

Elizabeth Talbot – CSU Long Beach

Ariadna Vazquez – CSU Long Beach

Amanda Velasquez – Laguna College of Art & Design



Paul Wertlake
April 28, 2014, 4:10 pm

Good on everyone involved including the recipients, those who conduct the LQAF and all its programs, the artists participating in the programs, the volunteers, the judges, the sponsors, the attendees to art shows, and the city of La Quinta.