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The MFoA 2018 scholarship award process is just beginning

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Deadline: April 16th 2018

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Milton Bloom Scholarship

Each year since 2008, the Marblehead Festival of Arts has offered the $500 Milton Bloom Student Art Scholarship to a deserving student in grades 7 through 11.  It is sponsored by the Bloom family, in memory of Milton Bloom, a lifelong supporter of the arts. This award is intended to provide financial assistance to the winning student to help pay tuition for a program in the arts, including fine arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.

Info and Application Form here 

Senior and Warwick Foundation Scholarships

Since 1986, the Marblehead Festival of Arts has awarded a scholarship to a high school senior who resides in or attends school in Marblehead, and who is pursuing higher education in visual arts, performing arts, crafts, music, or drama. The Festival’s objective is to encourage students interested in pursuing the arts professionally to acquire a sound academic grounding in their chosen fields. The criteria considered by the Festival’s Scholarship Committee include financial need; academic achievements; art achievements; art-related and other activities, both in and out of school; honors and special citations received; and intended vocation.

At their annual meeting in November 2016. the Marblehead Festival of Arts received a generous donation from the Warwick Foundation.  Because of this donation, we will be offering a second scholarship to a senior at Marblehead High School who is a Marblehead resident.

Both scholarships will be awarded annually, and the winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony held just before the summer Festival. In 1986, the amount of the scholarship was $1,000. It was increased to $1,500 in 1997, and to $3,000 in 2001.

Senior and Warwick Scholarship Info and Application here



Congratulations to this year’s 2017 winners –
The Marblehead Festival of Arts  is proud
to support these artists

Victoria “Tora” Khorobostova – MFoA Warwick Foundation Scholarship
Brittany Ficaro – MFoA Senior Scholarship
Macayla Brock – Bloom Scholarship

2017 Winners

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.




2016 Winners

Milton Bloom Scholarship

Andrew Schrader

Andrew Schrader is 13 years old and just finished 8th grade at the Marblehead Veterans Middle School. He is the current keyboardist for the Marblehead Veterans Middle School Jazz Band, and has also been playing the flute for 4 years in the Concert Band. Last year he played the flute in the Middle School Jazz Band. Since 4th grade he has played the flute in the Village School Concert Band from 4th through 6th grade, and the Veterans Middle School Concert Band from 7th through 8th grade which he is currently preforming in. Andrew plans on joining the Marblehead High School Jazz Band as a keyboardist next year. 

For the last three years, Andrew has been studying piano with weekly private lessons. This past year, he has also been taking bass guitar lessons and is really enjoying them. He will be continuing studying bass guitar and piano in the Fall of 2016.

Andrew thanks us for choosing him to be the recipient of the Milton Bloom Student Scholarship Award. He is excited to use the scholarship to continue his pursuit in music.




Senior Scholarship

Tory Gilligan

Victoria (Tory) Gilligan is a 2016 graduate of Marblehead High School. The scholarship awarded will be used to help fund her education in Vocal Performance and Music Education within The Hartt School at The University of Hartford.

In Marblehead, Tory has been singing in school choir since 7th grade. She is a member of Tri­-M Honor Society and Luminescence. Tory is also currently interning at the local charter school in music classes. In Boston, Tory has participated in productions with Trinity Church and The Boston Camerata. Tory has also been a dedicated member of The Boston City Singers for about six years and has traveled with the choir to South Africa, Argentina, and Costa Rica.

Tory was accepted into all ten music schools she auditioned for including Ithaca College, SUNY Fredonia, UMass Amherst, and Providence College. Tory is currently a Continuing Education student at New England Conservatory and privately studies with well-known soprano, Jean Danton. She is thrilled to have received this award and looks forward to beginning her college education.




2015 Winners

Milton Bloom Scholarship

Milton Bloom Winner 2015Annabelle Kearney is a junior at Marblehead High School and is planning to use the Milton Bloom Scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music Five-Week Summer Performance Program. She has been involved in music since she was eight years old when she started voice lessons and singing in school choirs. Annabelle has been in upwards of twenty musicals through community theaters and school productions. She’s continued her involvement in school choirs and choir festivals from elementary school through high school, most recently representing Marblehead High School in the Massachusetts All-State Festival Chorus. Annabelle’s active participation in the high school’s a cappella program includes being a member of Luminescence and being director of the student-run all girl a cappella group, Serendipity. She is so thankful to receive this scholarship and looks forward to attending the Berklee program. 





Senior Scholarship 

Jacob Sundlie MFoA HeadshotJacob Sundlie is a senior at Marblehead High School where he is a member of Tri­-M Honor Society and the Marblehead Acapella Counsel. He is an active member of both the theatre and music departments. He also serves as President of the Drama Club and Internal Affairs Manager of the Grizzly Freakin’ Man Singers. He loves to stay active in the local theatre community, volunteering his time to work as a member of the crew on various productions at Marblehead Little Theatre where he recently was awarded the MLT Scholarship. Some shows he’s helped with include “Godspell” and “Noises Off!”

To polish his acting skills, Jacob spent the summer of 2013 at Sarah Lawrence College’s Musical Theater Intensive. Over the past four years, Jacob has been cast in numerous leading roles on the high school stage, including Jimmy Smith in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Anthony Hope in “Sweeney Todd,” Sky Masterson in “Guys and Dolls,” Coulmier in “Marat/Sade,” and most recently Don Quixote in “Man of La Mancha.” He also played Demetrius in MLT’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” And was most recently seen in Nate Bertone’s “Letters From War” at Salem Theatre Company. In addition to acting, Jacob directed an original student ­run show at MLT called “Dear Marie.”

Jacob was accepted to over a dozen notable BFA: Musical Theatre Programs through the help of a Manhattan ­based coaching company (MTCA) that prepared him for the rigorous auditions/ audition process which he was able to pay for using the Milton Bloom Scholarship that MFoA graciously awarded him last year. Jacob has two passions in life: theatre and spreading awareness, especially about the Holocaust. His grandfather was an English and Holocaust Studies professor. He is delighted that he can continue his grandfather’s legacy, combining his passion for theatre with his strong interest in WWII history to move and educate a modern audience. He has directed a Holocaust Commemoration play that has been touring around various venues in the North Shore including Gordon Conwell Theological­Seminary. He also recently performed in “The Diary of Anne Frank” as Peter Van Daan at MLT.

Jacob will attend Otterbein University next year in Ohio where only 8 BFA: Musical Theatre Majors were selected out of thousands who auditioned. 


Past Senior Scholarship Winners

1986 Gary D. Pomerantz       1990 Allan Edward Naplan        2000 Bradford Smith        2010 Kaylah West
1987 Rachel Ann Conly         1991 Nick Bontaites                    2001 Bonnie Fraser          2011 Ariana Conte
1988 Ursina Amsler               1992 David Ruckle                      2002 Joseph H. Page         2012 Rebecca Purchase
1989 Steven Jay Felven          1993 Dara Hamilton                   2003 Sara Beesley            2013 Danielle J. DeVellis
                                                 1994 Keri Thibodeau                  2004 Alex Harvey              2014 Anastasia Cahill
                                                 1995 Jennifer Ann Gosling         2005 Gregory Tufts           2015 Jacob Sundlie
                                                 1996 Jamie Royce                        2006 Anna Webster       2016 Victoria (Tory) Gilligan
                                                 1997 Eli Queen                            2007 Elisha Musgraves   2017 Brittany Ficaro
                                                 1998 Elyse Montague                 2008 Ariel McKenney       2017 Victoria “Tora” Khorobostova
                                                 1999 Derek Montaque                2009 Melissa Kornfeld


Victoria “Tora” Khorobostova