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Marblehead Festival of Arts awards two scholarships

Posted by Liam O'Kennedy  July 11, 2012 02:00 AM

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Rebecca Purchase with her mother, Susan

The following was submitted by Marblehead Festival of Arts:


As part of supporting our community, the Marblehead Festival of Arts awards two scholarships annually to deserving students. Since 1986, the Festival has given a scholarship, now worth $3,000, to a high school senior who resides in or attends school in Marblehead, and is pursuing higher education in visual arts, performing arts, crafts, music, drama or writing. For the past three years, the Festival has had an additional art scholarship program, in the amount of $500, made possible by contributions to a special fund in memory of Milton Bloom. A student in grades 7-11, residing in or attending school in Marblehead, receives assistance in paying tuition for programs in the arts.

Rebecca Purchase is the 2012 winner of the Student Art Scholarship. A recent graduate of Marblehead High School with high academic standing, Rebecca will attend Columbia College of Chicago where she intends to major in Technical Theatre and Costume Design.

During her high school career, she was founder and president of the Art Club, a member of the National Art Honor Society and earned technical kudos and art recognition for a number of school productions. She was voted “most artistic” by her class mates this year. Her volunteer experience includes Salem Hospital, Marblehead Festival of Arts and Marblehead Little Theatre.

“Since nursery school, my passion for the arts has shaped my development as a person, and the Festival of Arts has always been part of my life. I really feel that the Festival is the center of the Arts in Marblehead, and I am proud and excited to have been recognized for my work by this wonderful organization.”

Craig Vanremoortel has won this year’s Milton Bloom Student Art Scholarship. Now entering his freshman year at Marblehead High School, he has been playing the guitar for half his life. Also a singer, Craig belongs to the Youth Choir of Old North Church and has performed at Boy Scout events and school talent shows. Other instruments in his impressive repertoire include the piano, drums, sax and ukulele. He will be attending the Berklee College of Music summer music program this year.

Craig’s involvement with the Festival of Arts includes performances in the Local Artists Showcase at Crocker Park. Previously, he performed on stage with his sister; and, this year he played guitar and vocals with his band, Afterthought.

Craig has enjoyed being part of the Festival, and he’s glad we have it in Marblehead. “It’s an honor to win this scholarship, and I’m really looking forward to being at Berklee this summer.”

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Craig Vanremoortel

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