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LQAF Awards $40,000 in Visual Arts Scholarships

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In a continuing commitment to Coachella Valley students, La Quinta Arts Foundation (LQAF) has awarded $40,000 to 17 art majors to attend college during the 2016/17 academic year. This amount includes $7,000 from the Ryan Ramirez Memorial Fund as well as memorial donations in the names of Nancy and David Marks and Melville Keever. This brings the grand total of LQAF’s scholarship awards to $1,230,002 to students pursuing college degrees in the visual arts since the program was instituted in 1984.

LQAF Congratulates the following 2016/17 Scholarship Winners:

New Scholarship Recipients (8)

Meagan Cervello               Northern AZ University (Xavier College Prep. High School)

Taelynn Dalle                        Cal Poly Pomona (Xavier College Prep. High School)

Sophia Garcia                        TBD (Xavier College Prep. High School)

Katarina Hahn                       CSU San Marcos (Palm Desert High School)

Jake Hill                                   San Francisco State University (Xavier College Prep. High School)

Laura Juarez-Sanchez        Cal Poly Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona)

Micah Ramos                        Fullerton Jr. College (Xavier College Prep. High School)

Christopher Sanchez         TBD (formerly La Quinta High School)


Returning Scholarship Recipients (9)

Paul Acevedo                       CSU Stanislaus

Evelyn Olvera                       CSU Long Beach

Wilma Rueda                        CSU Long Beach

Colby Tarsitano                    New York University

Benjamin Williams              Cedarville University

Yrene Ramirez                      Otis College of Art & Design

Harley Weir                           Laguna College of Art & Design

Jake Williams                        UC Riverside

Amanda Velasquez            Laguna College of Art & Design


In keeping with LQAF’s mission of “Promoting and Cultivating the Arts,” annual scholarship awards are made possible with proceeds garnered from LQAF public art events including La Quinta Arts Festival (ranked #1 in the nation 2013, 2014, 2015) , plus La Quinta Arts Foundation memberships and contributions by sponsors, community partners and memorial contributions.  Scholarship applications are available each year in February. LQAF scholarship recipients are eligible to receive funding for up to five years.