Arts For The Future Scholarships Awarded To Local Students


(L to R): Shawn Cerra, Director of Athletics & Student Activities of the Broward County Athletic Association; Leslie Brown, Chief Portfolio Services Officer with Broward County Public Schools; Robert Runcie, Superintendent of Broward County Public School

Thirty seniors from 13 Broward County Public Schools received Arts for the Future Scholarships during the 18th annual Stars on Parade extravaganza at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

The scholarships will allow the talented seniors to continue their studies in the visual, performing and technical arts at colleges, universities and educational training institutions.

The Arts for the Future Scholarship Fund is a community-wide initiative to promote artistic career opportunities for graduating seniors. One of the largest programs of its kind in the nation, the fund has bestowed scholarships to more than 850 talented high school seniors since 1999.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

The Broward Center 2016-2017 season is presented by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation with generous support from the Salah Foundation. AutoNation, Bank of America, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, LATAM AIRLINES, MasterCard, Paramount Refreshment Solutions and Sun Sentinel are proud sponsors of the Broward Center.

About The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

One of America’s premier performing arts venues, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons, showcasing a wide range of exciting cultural programming and events. Guest experiences at the Broward Center include the all-inclusive LATAM AIRLINES CLUB LEVEL, spectacular riverfront views for special events in the Huizenga Pavilion, waterfront dining at Marti’s New River Bistro and innovative classes and workshops for all ages at the Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center. With one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, the Broward Center serves more than 150,000 students annually. The Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. receives and maintains funds to sustain, develop and secure the future of the Broward Center. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit

The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is a cultural partnership between the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale History Center and the Historic Stranahan House Museum. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

2017 Arts for the Future Scholarship Winners

Charles W. Flanagan High School: Shamar Drumond, Music; Ariana Mendoza, Visual

Cooper City High School: Grehan Edmunds, Visual

Coral Glades High School:Cara Benacquisto, Visual; Jeffery Flynn, Theater; Isabella Stevens, Theater; Sophia Young, Theater; Matthew Pearl, Music; Gabrielle Simon, Dance

Cypress Bay High School: Andrea Garcia, Visual; Erin Imhof, Visual; Valeria Ormo, Visual

Deerfield Beach High School: Paula Milenkova, Visual; Brittany Prempin, Visual

J.P. Taravella High School: Julie Berman, Theater; Kathleen Carragee, Technical Arts; Nicolette Trivlis, Technical Arts; Devyn DeAngelis, Visual; Emily Ehrlich, Visual; Kevin Cruz, Theater; Don Jeanis, Theater; Carmen Bulthuis, Theater

McArthur High School:Krista Nickle, Visual

Monarch High School:Nicole Knorr, Music

Northeast High School:Susann Orozco, Visual

Piper High School:Venessa Shelton, Visual

Stoneman Douglas High School:Ashlyn Fields, Visual; Dyane Oliva, Visual

Stranahan High School:ArantxaLazarte, Visual

Western High School:Isabela Mata, Visual

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