PPAC's Arts Scholarships, sponsored by Textron Charitable Trust.

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Calling all Rhode Island artists and aspiring artists in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade and their mentors, teachers, and parents/guardians!!!

The Providence Performing Arts Center’s Community Outreach Committee is pleased to invite you to apply for a Summer 2024 ARTS Scholarship!


Since 1996, PPAC’s ARTS Scholarships program has opened the door to the arts for more than 700 of Rhode Island’s middle-school aged-youth. Scholarship recipients are awarded up to $600 to enroll in summer education programs of their choice spanning the breadth of artistic pursuits.

By providing opportunity when many students’ interests and capacities are rapidly evolving and coalescing, the Scholarships provide critical access to the cultivation of creative thinking, confidence, and self-awareness unique to artistic endeavors. ARTS Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of The Textron Charitable Trust, Ocean State Charities Trust, and PPAC’s Annual Fund donors with support from WPRI-TV.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a 6th, 7th, or 8th grader or the home school equivalent at the time of application,
  • live in Rhode Island,
  • have an interest in art, and
  • demonstrate need (financial or otherwise)


If you are a past ARTS Scholarship or special memorial scholarship recipient, once again, CONGRATULATIONS. Please be reminded that you may only receive the scholarship once; however, your siblings are welcome to apply! Thank you.

How to Apply

The application has four parts described below. All four parts must be received no later than 12 PM on Wednesday, March 20, 2024. Applications are generally submitted online. If you need assistance or would like a paper application, please contact Ricky at scholarship@ppacri.org as early as possible in the application cycle.

Decisions will be announced by Friday, March 29, and recipients will be celebrated at a ceremony at PPAC on Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00 PM.


  • To be completed by the 6th, 7th, or 8th Grader. In order to complete this form, you will need the name of the adult you asked to write your recommendation. We also recommend you review our list of summer opportunities or do some research about potential summer programs on your own.





  • This form is to be completed by an adult who knows the applicant from school, activities, or a community organization (such as a teacher, coach, religious leader, counselor, etc.



  • Please upload NO MORE THAN THREE sample pieces of your original work. We are looking for you to show us your interest in art more than of your talent or past experiences. Examples might include a photograph or scan of a painting or drawing, a copy of a piece of writing, a photograph of a sculpture of piece of textile, a screen shot or download of a graphic or computer design, a video or audio recording, etc. If there are others in the video or audio recording, please be sure to notify us of which one is you.


Have any questions or would like more information? Please contact Ricky Gresh at scholarships@ppacri.org or 401-574-3105


With special appreciation to their families and sponsors for their ongoing support of their artistic dreams.


ARTS Scholarships

Made possible by the generosity of the Textron Charitable Trust

and PPAC’s Annual Fund Donors


Recipients pictured with Karen Warfield of the Textron Charitable Trust, and PJ Prokop, PPAC’s Director of Marketing and program founder. Photo by CORE Photography

The Recipients of the ARTS Scholarships 2023 program are:


Alexa Adames – DelSesto Middle School, Providence

Olivia Almilli – Portsmouth Middle School

Karol Villasenor Alvarado – Nathanael Greene Middle School, Providence

Daniel Alvarez – DelSesto Middle School, Providence

Elianna Arce – The UCAP School, Providence

Alexus Bestman – Esek Hopkins Middle School, Providence

Angela Bonilla – The Learning Community Charter School, Central Falls

Chace Bridges – DelSesto Middle School, Providence

Mia Burgess – DelSesto Middle School, Providence

Galilea Ramierez Castro – Esek Hopkins Middle School, Providence

Kendal Chaves – Portsmouth Middle School

Hannah Christian – Winman Middle School, Warwick

Jacob Clarke – Highlander Charter School, Providence

Shaelyn Conroy – Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy, Cumberland

Katherine Corte – Ponaganset Middle School, North Smithfield

Malik Cross – Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, Providence

Angel Cruz – DelSesto Middle School, Providence

Alexis De Dios – Highland Charter, Providence

Abigale Detsvanah – DelSesto Middle School, Providence

Tyrone Dickey, Jr. – Nathan Bishop Middle School, Providence

Elizabeth Dunlop – St. Mary Academy - Bay View, East Providence

Roshelyz Esparana – Esek Hopkins Middle School, Providence

Emil Estevez – The Learning Community Charter School, Central Falls

Jordan Fredericks – Home School, Cranston

Andersson García Gonzàlez – DelSesto Middle School, Providence

Ernesto Hernández– Nathan Bishop Middle School, Providence

Katherine Holloway – Home School, Providence

Zion Jazmin – Community Preparatory School, Providence

Emily Jones – Nathan Bishop Middle School, Providence

Evelyn K. Koheh – DelSesto Middle School, Providence

Jenalis Lebron – Nathanael Greene Middle School, Providence

Amienne Leger – Barrington Christian Academy

Evanny Sanchez Lopez – The Learning Community Charter School, Central Falls

Hevelina Makahsha – Esek Hopkins Middle School, Providence

Alexander Marshall – Barrington Christian Academy

Monserrath Melgar – Blackstone Valley Prep Upper Elementary School, Lincoln

Isabel Perez Moreno – Esek Hopkins Middle School, Providence

Nyomi Norville – Achievement First Iluminar Mayoral Academy Middle School, Cranston
Alyse Odumosu – Hope Highlands Middle School, Cranston

Olivia O’Leary – Hope Highlands Middle School, Cranston

Tate Pathoummahong – Esek Hopkins Middle School, Providence

Aviya Pelley – Barrington Christian Academy
Amber Phipps - DelSesto Middle School, Providence

Jazriella Plasencia – DelSesto Middle School, Providence

Ally Reyes – Paul Cuffee Middle School, Providence

Zulenny Rodriguez – Esek Hopkins Middle School, Providence

Tess Ruhren – Curtis Corner Middle School, Wakefield

Israella Servrien – Paul Cuffee Middle School, Providence

Story Simpson – The UCAP School, Providence

Samantha Sipaque – Highlander Charter School, Warren

Goldy Sok – Western Hills Middle School, Cranston

Morgan Stone – Western Hills Middle School, Cranston

Jason Tallo – John F. Deering Middle School, West Warwick

Selina Torres – Joseph Jenks Junior High School, Pawtucket

Yailene Torrvallas – Esek Hopkins Middle School, Providence

Kashi Truong – Winman Middle School, Warwick

Ruby Wilkinson – Home School, Hope Valley

Persiah Oasis Williams – Gilbert Stuart Middle School, Providence


Andrew DePietro Memorial Scholarships

Ezra Celeste – Home School, Cranston

Cornelius Zmed – Warwick Veterans Memorial Middle School

Made possible by the generosity of the DePietro Family


Desiree Lee Mesolella Scholarships

Sadie Beatrice – Curtis Corner Middle School, Wakefield

Amanda Chen – Western Hills Middle School, Cranston

Made possible by the generosity of the Mesolella Family


Keri Anne O’Donnell Scholarships

Aaden Bessette – Winman Middle School, Warwick

Daniela Muralles Mendez – Blessed Sacrament School, Providence

Made possible by the generosity of the O’Donnell Family


Jo-Ann Ragosta Memorial Scholarship

Adam M. Khaykin – Home School, Smithfield

Made possible by the generosity of the Ragosta Family