Lisa Oliver, CEO of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod; Wesley Garland; Caroline Brodt; Nicole Gardner; Olivia Williams; and Julie Wake, Executive Director of The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod
For the 7th consecutive year, The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod teamed up to support local students pursuing higher education in the arts field. Through The Positively Different Scholarship Program, $1,000 scholarships were presented to five high school seniors.
At a luncheon held last week at The West End restaurant in Hyannis, scholarships were awarded to the following five students: Caroline Brodt, a Barnstable High School graduate attending Rochester Institute of Technology for Advertising, Photography; Olivia Williams, a Sturgis Charter Public School West graduate, attending the University of Vermont for Creative Writing; Wesley Garland, a Falmouth High School graduate, attending Roger Williams University for Architecture; Nicole Gardner, a Sturgis Charter Public School West graduate, attending Suny Cortland for Musical Theatre; and a Chloe McLean, a Falmouth High School graduate, attending Parson’s School of Design-The New School in New York City.
Since partnering with The Arts Foundation and launching this program 7 years ago, The Coop has awarded more than $35,000 in scholarships, supporting undergraduate studies in arts-related fields, including music, dance, drama, visual arts, graphic design, architecture, and creative writing. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and require the submission of a portfolio and essay. Thirty applicants vied for the five awards this year.
“These are five students who aren’t just passionate about their craft, but dedicated to pursuing it, improving it and sharing it,” said Lisa Oliver, President and CEO of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. “At The Coop, we’re passionate about supporting our local community and that includes the vibrant arts and culture offerings that make it so special. We’re thrilled to encourage these talented students to keep pursuing their artistic passion and we hope they’ll bring their talent back to the Cape!”
“Our community is fortunate to have a local bank who believes in creativity, innovation and beauty,” said Julie Wake, Executive Director of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. “When a student enters a secondary arts program, they dig deep into their craft and they become creative problem solvers and empathetic people with a curiosity for the world around them. Arts are not just nice, they are absolutely necessary for a healthy society. “