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 2023 ARTS Scholarship!


Since 1996, PPAC’s ARTS Scholarships program has opened the door to the arts for more than 650 of Rhode Island’s middle-school aged-youth. Scholarship recipients are awarded up to $600 to enroll in summer education programs 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 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, CONGRATULATIONS, and please be reminded that you may not be awarded another scholarship. Thank you.

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


How to Apply

The application has four parts. All four parts must be received no later than 12 PM on Saturday, April 1, 2023. Applications are generally submitted on-line. 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 Wednesday, April 12, 2023, and recipients will be celebrated at a ceremony at PPAC on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 6 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.





  • 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.





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


Photo by CORE Photography

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Emelie Regalado Carrasco – Leviton Dual Language School, Providence

Rosanna Ceballos – Leviton Dual Language School, Providence

Marissa Cabral – Kickemuit Middle School, Warren

Jeckslynn Delvalle – Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy, Providence

Alice Yvonne DiDonato – St. Augustine School, Providence

Raegan Garcia – Warwick Veterans Memorial Middle School, Warwick

Daphne Gates – Curtis Corner Middle School, Wakefield

Francisco Santos Godinez – The Learning Community Charter School, Central Falls

Ryan Gomes – The Learning Community Charter School, Central Falls

Ayden Gonzalez – Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy, Providence

Tierney Heath – St. Mary Academy - Bay View, East Providence

Judah Hoyle – Home School, Providence

Bijou Leger – Barrington Christian Academy, Barrington

Lily Lessard – John F. Deering Middle School, West Warwick

Sammie Lin – Western Hills Middle School, Cranston

Isabella Lopez – Robert L. Bailey, IV Elementary School, Providence

Unity MacNeill – Hope Highlands Middle School, Cranston

Paige Mahon – Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School, Woonsocket

Isabelle Rose Maxim – Curtis Corner Middle School, Wakefield

Solange Suarez Mejia – Leviton Dual Language School, Providence

Rowan Moniz – Lyman B. Goff Middle School, Pawtucket

Madisyn Montgomery – Edward R. Martin Middle School, East Providence

Andrea Morales – The Learning Community Charter School, Central Falls

Alexandra Neary – Curtis Corner Middle School, Wakefield

Almely Polanco – Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy, Cumberland

Rebecca Puii – Western Hills Middle School, Cranston

October Rafuse – Lyman B Goff Middle School, Pawtucket

Jaydielle Rivera – Webster Avenue Elementary School, Providence

Daniel Ramon Rodriguez – Robert L. Bailey, IV Elementary School, Providence

Kayleigh Rousseau – Winman Middle School, Warwick

Yanisley Lacan Ruiz – Leviton Dual Language School, Providence

Melanie Sánchez – Leviton Dual Language School, Providence

Hannah Sanchez-Marrero – Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy, Providence

Sedra Smith – Tiverton Middle School, Tiverton

William Stringfellow – Riverside Middle School, East Providence

Zoe Teixeira – Western Hills Middle School, Cranston

Allison Vinas – Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy, Junior High, Central Falls

Brenna Zolli – Western Hills Middle School, Cranston


Jo-Ann Ragosta Memorial Scholarship

Natalie Lux Perez – Del Sesto Middle School, Providence

Ivy Rivera – Del Sesto Middle School, Providence

Made possible by the generosity of the Ragosta Family


Desiree Lee Mesolella Scholarships

Paige Costa – Portsmouth Middle School, Portsmouth

Brea Wood – Archie R. Cole Middle School, East Greenwich

Made possible by the generosity of the Mesolella Family


Keri Anne O’Donnell Scholarship

Lucy Little – Home School, Providence

Made possible by the generosity of the O’Donnell Family

Keri Anne O’Donnell Scholarship, in memory of Nick Cardi

Diesel Doris – Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School, Woonsocket

Made possible by the generosity of the O’Donnell Family


Andrew DePietro Memorial Scholarships

Ryleigh Peixoto – Winman Middle School, Warwick

Jiliani Sanchez-Marrero – Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy, Providence

Made possible by the generosity of the DiPietro Family