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2018 winners of MFoA’s Art Scholarships

The Marblehead Festival of Arts wishes to announce the winners of its three scholarships for the year 2018. The winner of the Milton Bloom Student Art Scholarship, given to a student from grades seven through eleven is Michael Martelli. Eliza Howells has won the Art Scholarship, which is given to a senior who is either a resident of Marblehead and/or graduating from Marblehead High.  Megan Spreen has won the Warwick Foundation Scholarship, given to a senior graduating from Marblehead High. This year, all three winners are planning to study music.
The Bloom Award, offered in memory of Milton Bloom, by his family, is a $500 grant to help pay tuition for a program in the arts. Eligible arts include crafts, fine arts, performing arts, and creative writing. The award must be used within a year of being received. This year’s recipient, Michael Martelli, a tenth grader, plays several instruments, but his passion is for the drums. Playing both in and out of school, he performed in jazz, concert, and rock/funk bands. Outside of school he has played in several venues on the North Shore. He will use his award to help pay for Berklee College of Music’s 5-week summer program.

The 2018 winner of MFoA’s Art Scholarship, Eliza Howells, plans to study Music Composition and Vocal Performance this fall at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She started picking out songs on her family’s piano at age four which led to piano lessons. She credits the high school’s music department for much of her success. She has sung with many vocal groups. Eliza hopes to positively affect society through music.

Megan Spreen, winner of the Warwick Foundation Scholarship, to study music business and music production at Hofstra University starting this fall. A song called Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen headed her towards production. Megan loved the piece and her mother had read an article describing how it was produced in the studio, repeatedly recording on a 24-track analog tape. Megan realized if something as intricate and impressive as Bohemian Rhapsody could be done with just tape, than how much more could be done with today’s technology. Like Howells, Spreen, too, wants to produce music “that would make a real difference to people.”

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Each year the Marblehead Festival of Arts offers two scholarships to promote art education. 

The Marblehead Festival of Arts and the Warwick Foundation Scholarship offer $3,000 each for graduating seniors seeking higher education in the arts.

The Festival’s Art Scholarship is open to seniors who live and/or attend school in Marblehead. The Warwick Foundation Scholarship is open only to a senior graduating from Marblehead High School. Both $3,000 awards base selection on financial need; general academics; intended vocation; honors and citations received; plus other activities, both arts and non-arts related within the school and the community.