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


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Since 1996, PPAC’s ARTS Scholarships program has opened doorways to the arts for talented Rhode Island students by providing up to $600 in financial assistance to enroll in summer education programs spanning the breadth of artistic pursuits. Each year, a minimum of 30 scholarships are awarded to middle school-aged students. By providing opportunity when many students’ interests and capacities are rapidly evolving and coalescing, the Scholarships program provides critical access to the cultivation of creative thinking, confidence, and self-awareness unique to artistic endeavors. Since the program’s inception, PPAC has granted almost $300,000 in scholarships to over 600 students and counting!

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 in middle school (grades 6-8 or the equivalent) at the time of application,
  • reside in and be being schooled in Rhode Island,
  • demonstrate artistic ability and interest, and
  • demonstrate financial need.

Applications typically open February 1 and close April 1, annually. Applications have four components: an application to be completed by the student, a recommendation by a sponsor (typically a teacher, advisor, coach, minister, etc.), a statement of financial need submitted by parents or guardians, and samples of artistic work.

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

About the Community Outreach Committee
and the Selection Process


The Community Outreach Committee is a standing committee of the Providence Performing Arts Center’s Board of Directors and is comprised of PPAC Directors and Rhode Island educators and community leaders with an interest in youth.  Its mission includes developing arts education opportunities for Rhode Island’s young people and making the Providence Performing Arts Center accessible to Rhode Island’s diverse populations.  

The ARTS Scholarships sub-committee is comprised of a panel of judges who review and select the recipients. The panel will consider the students’ written statements, samples of artwork or talent, the sponsors’ comments, and the indication of financial need.  The judges’ decisions will be final.  All applicants will be notified of the judges’ decisions by the end of March.

Scholarships will cover up to $600 of approved expenses (tuition and supplies).  Payments will be made directly to the approved arts programs, not to the winning students.  After completing the program, students will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire regarding their experience.  


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

Aanvi Aggarwal – Western Hills Middle School, Cranston

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