BAYarts announces scholarship for graduating seniors

The Ruth Purdy-Leslie Scholarship Fund at BAYarts was created in memory of the beloved Bay Village schools art teacher by her friends and family. Since 2011, the fund has made it possible for students in kindergarten through grade 12 to attend BAYarts classes. The awards are need-based and can be requested at BAYarts.

In 2013, with the blessing of the Purdy family, a scholarship was awarded to a graduating senior from Bay High School that was pursuing a career in art. Now, because BAYarts' reach extends beyond Bay Village, the fund will be available to graduating seniors from any school district pursuing a career in visual arts: art education, fine art, art therapy and so on. Unlike other applications, this award is not merit or need based.

"Being in the art world is a way of life," says Nancy Heaton, BAYarts' executive director. "In our application, we want to get to know the artist and why art matters to them." 

Recipients of three $500 awards will be determined by members of the Purdy family. Applications are available at via email at, or stopping in to BAYarts at 28795 Lake Road. The deadline is March 15, awards will be announced April 15.

Pixie Emerson


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