Purdy scholarship winners announced at BAYarts
Grace Harms and Aubrey Theobald from Bay High School and Nina June Ripich of St. Joseph Academy, all 2014 graduating seniors, were this year's recipients of the Ruth Purdy-Leslie Scholarship Fund at BAYarts. All other applicants received a $50 gift certificate for Pat Catans/Prizm to purchase art supplies.
For the second year, seniors from northeast Ohio schools pursuing degrees in art-related fields were eligible for funds.Students were asked to discuss their goals and what inspired them artistically; creativity was encouraged. The difficult task of picking only three recipients was in the capable hands of Janet Purdy, daughter of Ruth Purdy-Leslie, former Bay Village art teacher and namesake of the fund. The fund was created in Ruth's memory by family, friends and former students in her true spirit: to encourage a lifetime of art.
In addition to scholarships for graduating seniors, the fund also provides need-based support for students grades K-12 to take BAYarts classes and provides monetary awards for BAYarts' annual Youth Scholarship Exhibit. Information on applying can be found online at bayarts.net or by stopping into the main office at 28795 Lake Road. Donations to the fund are tax deductible and can be made on BAYarts' website.