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Our 2017 Scholarship Winners

The Marblehead Festival of Arts is very proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Scholarship Awards.  We wish them much success as they pursue their goals. They were chosen because they exemplified the mission of the Festival!  Congratulations Macayla, Brittany and Tora!   


Macayla Brock – Bloom Scholarship

Macayla is using her scholarship to help pay for a college prep acting intensive program through the National Student Leadership Conference at Yale University this July.


Macayla Brock, 17 years old, attends Marblehead High School and has big dreams which she hopes to bring to fruition in the near future. At seven years old she discovered acting and performing which evolved into her dream of becoming a screen actress. Ever since then she has tried to get as much experience in the industry as possible, such as taking acting lessons and being involved in local theater productions. Future struggles made it hard for her to continue to pursue her passion for performing, but this summer she will become more involved with her craft by attending The National Leadership Conference’s Acting Program at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. In her spare time Macayla works two jobs, one at the well-known local shop in Marblehead, Chet’s Video, and the other with Nancy Easterbrooks at SEW-ing FUN. Along with this she also attends sewing lessons and is currently putting together a Cinderella inspired ball gown without any prior experience. Macayla continues to find opportunities to express her creativity and hopes to find a future career in the screen acting industry as well as having time to continue to enjoy her other love of sewing and costume design.


Brittany Ficaro – MFoA Senior Scholarship

To attend Boston University



Brittany Ficaro has won the Art Scholarship, which is given to a graduating senior.  Her plans are to study painting at the College of Fine Arts of Boston University starting this fall. Her love of art started when she picked up a crayon at her grandmother’s house. She did not know then that she would fall in love with everything that makes art special. She began taking art lessons at Marblehead’s Acorn Gallery School of Art when she was eleven. She writes, “Creating art has been my entire life.” Perhaps not her entire life for she also writes, “When I am not in the studio, I am often found spending time with my friends and family. I have a younger sister, Brianna, who has been one of my biggest supporters since the beginning.”




Victoria “Tora” Khorobostova – MFoA Warwick Foundation Scholarship

To attend Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)



Victoria “Tora” Khrobostova has won a new award offered this year, also to a graduating senior, the Warwick Foundation Scholarship. Art has always been a part of her life … from Russia to the United States, then to Germany and back to the U.S.  “It was my first language, really.  Art has helped me communicate to my peers before I learned English and German as well…” She will be continuing her education at the Rhode Island School of Design. Other than art, especially illustration and animation, she is interested in learning different languages and cultures. During her junior year in high school, she had the opportunity from the Department of State to study abroad in Germany for a year on a scholarship. She hopes to study abroad again in college and to continue learning languages and exposing herself to different people and cultures. Tora says that “It is an interesting theme to also draw about, so I am looking forward to illustrating my experiences and ideas more.”   

Both Brittany and Victoria are members of the National Art Honor Society and Gold Key winners in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program; each has won several other art and scholastic awards.

For more information and the previous years’ scholarship winners, click here.