Bay High student awarded BAYarts' Purdy scholarship

Bay High School senior Megan See is the recipient of the Ruth Purdy-Leslie Scholarship; she will be attending Cleveland Institute of Art in the fall.

Megan See, an art student at Bay High School, was the first recipient of the BAYarts Ruth Purdy-Leslie Scholarship. The $500 award is for a student attending college in the fall for a career in an art field. Megan is a multi-award winning ceramic artist going to Cleveland Institute of Art in the fall who won the judges over with her passionate and focused application.

The scholarship is the first of its kind through the Ruth Purdy-Leslie Scholarship. The fund was created by friends and family of former Bay Village art teacher and resident Ruth Purdy-Leslie. Ruth's mother, Marianne, was one of the founders of the original Baycrafters, and Ruth continued to teach and take classes at BAYarts in her adult life. A colorful memorial garden on BAYarts campus features stones and sculptures created by her former students. A mural created by the Rustbelt Monster Collective is the backdrop.

In the first year, the fund raised over $13,000 to allow students in grades K-12 attend BAYarts programs. Although the BAYarts class fund is need-based and open to students throughout northeast Ohio, the college scholarship was determined by the student's application and desire to pursue a career in an art field, and limited to students attending Bay High School.

The review panel included an art educator, a professional artist and an administrator, who did not know the students. The applications were varied and of course, very creative. Next year, BAYarts hopes to expand the fund to include more schools and more scholarships.

To learn more about how to apply for funds for BAYarts classes, you can go online and download the forms at bayarts.net/classes.aspx. Families eligible for the free milk/lunch programs are eligible for the fund, but all applications are considered. The 2014 college scholarship application will be announced in January 2014 in the schools. To donate to the Ruth Purdy-Leslie Scholarship Fund, click on the Donate tab on the BAYarts website or stop by BAYarts at 28795 Lake Road for more information. 

Nancy Heaton

Executive Director of BAYarts, non-profit art education and exhibition center in Bay Village

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:34 AM, 04.30.2013