Students awarded arts scholarship

Arts Council announces winners of $2K in college funds

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— The Steamboat Springs Arts Council recently awarded $2,000 in scholarship money to three students studying the arts in college.

Melissa Walsh, a freshman visual art major at the University of Colorado at Boulder, received the $1,000 Carol Finoff Visual Arts Scholarship. Emily Stockdale, who studies drama at Pace University in New York, and Morgan Dingle, a freshman theater production major at the University of Denver, split the Eleanor Bliss Performing Arts Scholarship. Each student received $500 to go toward her first semester of school.

"Because of the superior quality of the applicants, we split the Eleanor Bliss Performing Arts Scholarship between two students," arts council executive director Marion Kahn said in a press release.

Dingle described herself as versatile when it comes to theater. She got involved in production by working backstage on a few shows, found friends who were doing the same, and everything fell into place. She is currently the stage manager for a school production.

"I dabble in everything. I've been a performer my whole life, but in the past three years have gotten really interested in the backstage side of things," Dingle said.

The scholarship program is in its 20th year, and has awarded funds to more than 35 local students. Applicants were asked to submit a portfolio of their work and an application stating an intended course of study and how they plan to stay involved in the arts.

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