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


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The members of the Community Outreach Committee of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) are pleased to announce the recipients of the ARTS Scholarships 2023 program, made possible by the generosity of Textron Charitable Trust and PPAC’s Annual Fund Donors with support from the Ocean State Charities Trust. The 2023 class of recipients is PPAC’s largest ever with sixty-four of Rhode Island’s aspiring middle-school aged artists each receiving a scholarship to an arts program or camp of their choice this summer. Additionally, the scholarship now provides funding of up to $600, an increase of $100 over previous years.

View the 2023 Summer Program Listing Here


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


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)


The application deadline for summer 2023 has closed. Summer 2024 applications will open February 1, 2024 and will be due on April 1. Applications have four components: an application by the student, information from the parent or guardian, a recommendation from an adult who knows the applicant from school or another community organization, and up to three samples of artistic work. If you would like to be notified of the 2024 application cycle, please mail scholarships@ppacri.org.


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