Letter: A missed opportunity
Gloucester High School’s Senior Scholarship Night was not as well attended as in the past and there were fewer chairs on stage for members of the guidance department and directors, but the numbers representing scholarship support of graduating seniors are impressive. More than 70 individuals and institutions from Abingdon Elementary School PTA to Virginia Tech Pamplin Leadership Award gave more than $1.3 million to help the selected seniors finance their college education. The Gloucester Community gave more than $83,000 and donations ranged from $100 to $140,720.
Besides the various athletic and academic activities, art was also recognized with three scholarships to graduating seniors. In the Gloucester County Library during May, numerous high school art students displayed painting, sketching, drawing, ceramics, photography, plaster of Paris human forms, showing their creative diversity, If you count the number of graduates—357—it would seem strange that only 1 percent of the graduating seniors would be interested in scholarship support to continue their art studies at the collegiate level.
The Phoenix Art Group also offered scholarship support to a qualified senior from Gloucester County. The 2014 scholarship application was sent to the Guidance Department in October of 2013. Thanks to the generosity of a Gloucester community member, the actual value became $1,000—but no one was interested. There wasn’t even one application. What a sad missed opportunity for that high school senior who wanted to continue to study art at college. This is an important part of what the Phoenix Art Group does, along with sponsoring art shows for the young artists in the public, private and home-schooled systems as well as collaborating with other art programs in the community. We exist to help young artists in Gloucester County—from preschool through high school.
Phoenix Art Group is offering—as of this writing—$1,000 in scholarship assistance if you qualify for the academic year ending in May, 2015. You can contact us at P.O. Box 1937, Gloucester, Va., 23061, 693-6654 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the 2015 scholarship application form. The Phoenix Art Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and we would like to challenge the Gloucester community. We will add any donation with the specification “2015 Scholarship Support” to the $1,000 that we had expected to give to a graduating senior this year. Just keep this challenge in the back of your mind and hopefully, nearing year’s end, you will be motivated to make a donation to the Phoenix Art Group’s “2015 Scholarship Support” challenge so we can help a qualified graduating senior from Gloucester County follow his dream to become an artist. We are looking forward to your support.
Dick Welton, president
Phoenix Art Group