ALLIED ARTS OF RENTON
ARTS ALIVE FOR YOUTH
In 2013, the golden anniversary of Allied Arts of Renton (AAR), the board set up a mini scholarship program in cultural arts fields to be awarded to students who live within the boundaries of the Greater Renton Area, attend school in Renton and are between the ages of 12-19. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and help talented young students further their training in their artistic field. The categories under which a student may apply are all areas of visual or performing arts.
All applicants must meet the following criteria
- Must be a student currently living within the boundaries of the Greater Renton Area, attend a school in Renton and be between the ages of 12 through 19.
- Criteria for selection will include need as well as talent
- Each recipient will be given a showcase opportunity for their work and will need to prepare for this event in whatever their chosen category.
- Awards may be used for tuition, school fees related to the category or academic expenses such as music, lessons, books, painting supplies, etc.
- Awards will not be granted for housing, food, transportation or utilities.
- Applications will not be returned. Please print a copy for your records.
- Monies will not be disbursed directly to the grant recipient but rather to the instructor, official or organization to which the student is requesting aid.
- If conditions change under which this scholarship is awarded (student does not complete his/her enrollment or decides to change programs), Allied Arts of Renton reserves the right to cancel the scholarship or request a refund.
A completed application (including financial information and public relations release) and all attachments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 1,2019. Late applications will not be considered.
The application can be made either by the student or by nomination by a teacher assisting the student in their artistic endeavor. Included in the applications should be:
- A short essay (not more than one page, single sided) outlining your achievements in your particular field and outlining your personal goals as related to the awarding of this scholarship.
- A letter of recommendation from a teacher or adviser or a Renton community member familiar with your work. The letters must be dated within the past 12 months, preferably on letterhead and must include phone numbers. Have them give the letter to you rather than mailing to Allied Arts so that it can be included with your completed application. Ask the elevator to address your work habits, character, pursuit of academic or career goals and your relationship to the person writing the letter. No letter from relatives will be accepted.
- The decision of the scholarship committee, (which will make their recommendations to the full Allied Arts of Renton board for approval) is final; there will be no appeal process.
Print out the scholarship application from here and send it to the address on the form once completed.
Past Scholarship Winners
The 2017 winner of the Allied Arts Scholarship award was Jessica Nguyen, a student at Hazen High School. Jessica applied for the scholarship asking if Allied Arts would help her purchase a new trumpet since her old trumpet was falling apart.
Hazen band director Christopher Coy, in his letter of recommendation, stated that Jessica visited his classroom in the spring of 2016 and asked about joining the band program. Since Jessica, a sophomore, was a beginner, Mr. Coy told her she could only join the band if she become competent on the trumpet before the start of the next school year. She would have to take lessons and work hard. Jessica accepted the challenge, purchased a trumpet and studied on her own. She attended summer band camp in 2016 and quickly became a role model to the younger students with regards to effort, attitude and endurance.
The 2016 winner, Natalie Gress is enrolled at Seattle Pacific University pursuing a degree in Theatre/English Secondary Education. Natalie has been very active in the Renton community, serving as the student representative on the Renton Municipal Arts Commission and volunteering in other capacities throughout the city.
Natalie plans to graduate from Seattle Pacific with hopes of teaching Theatre and English and pursuing a dream to become an actress. Natalie says she wants to both teach and act. She says she wants to teach and inspire the coming generations as her teachers have inspired her.
Allied Arts awarded Natalie a $500 scholarship at the Renton Community Foundation Scholarship event held in June of 2016.
The 2015 Scholarship winner was Sophie Ossorio who used the award to help purchase a new oboe. Barbara Nilson, a life member of Allied Arts, was so impressed with Sophie that she matched the $1,000 award.
2018 Update in an email from Sophie:
My name is Sophie Ossorio. I was an Allied Arts Scholarship recipient in 2014, when I was in 9th grade. With the award, I was able to buy my own oboe. I wanted to thank the Allied Arts because through this award, I have been able to play music throughout high school and will be continuing this year at the Uni-versity of Washington. This will be my first year at the UW, where I received a full-ride fellowship, and I am so excited to join an ensemble there—thank you once again for all of the amazing work this organization is doing.
With a special thanks to Barbara Nilson,*
The first recipient of the Allied Arts Scholarship was McKenzie Fysh who in 2014, received her award at the Renton Community Foundation’s Circle of Giving Awards ceremony. She used it to further her musical career as a pianist.
The Scholarship chair was delighted to receive an email from Brenda Fysh with an update on McKenzie.
Brenda reported that McKenzie is volunteering at Swedish Hospital in Issaquah as a pianist outside of the oncology and surgery wards on the first floor. She was one of the sisters in her high school’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” and teaches beginning piano to children in her home.
This summer she attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan and learned more piano skills from world-class instructors in a picturesque setting. The camp’s list of distinguished alumni includes singers Josh Groban and Norah Jones. Now a senior at Liberty High School, McKenzie is starting to look at colleges with music therapy majors.
Brenda concluded her email with, “We will always be grateful to AAR for granting her the scholarship”.