Four Downriver students were awarded $500 scholarships last month by the Downriver Arts and Crafts Guild during its final meeting of the season at The Southgate Veterans Memorial Library.
The recipients were Joshua Tufts, Maria Robinson, Rachel Mulraney and Jordan Vellmure.
Tufts, a graduate of Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview who lives in Flat Rock, will continue his education at Columbia College in Chicago. An award-winning photographer, he leads photo walks and has started his own photograph company called Joshua Tufts Photograph & Design.
Robinson, a graduate of Carlson High School, participated in the Congressional Art Show this year and will major in visual, performing and media arts at Henry Ford College in Dearborn. She plans to complete her education at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia and pursue a career in animation.
A Southgate Anderson High School graduate, Mulraney will attend Penn State University in Harrisburg, Pa., this fall to earn a degree in art therapy. The scholarship winner created a charity in memory of her sister, Megan Rose, to raise funds for a universally accessible playground in Southgate. Rachel’s grant is named in honor of Helen Miyagawa, a member of the Downriver Arts and Crafts Guild, for supporting the organization’s scholarship program.
Roosevelt High School, Wyandotte, graduate Vellmure, whose dream is to create large-scale murals around the world, received a scholarship provided by Art Ambience in memory of artist Sharon Sims. Vellmure will seek a fine arts degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
The scholarship winners also will be awarded memberships in the guild while they pursue their degrees. Graduating students who attend Downriver high school are eligible to receive scholarships from the guild. For more information about the grants, email Maureen Keast at mkeast1 @aol.com or call 734-777-6109.
Coming up . . .
July 11-14 — Wyandotte Street Art Fair, featuring fine art, crafters, musicians and other performers, children’s activities and food vendors; along Biddle Avenue.
July 12-15 — Uncle Sam Jam, with attractions including a carnival midway, live music, monstertruck rides, fireworks, petting zoo, bird encounter and camel rides; for more information go to www.inclesamjamfest.com.