The Hopewell Valley Arts Council announced its first round of scholarships awarded to graduating seniors from Hopewell Valley Central High School.

At a reception for the winners and their parents at the Arts Council’s June board meeting, four students were recognized for their creative accomplishments and ambitions by being awarded $500 scholarships. The recipients are Ahn Francesca Nong, Katherine Cleveland, Ian Goldsmith, and Tara Schmitt.

Responding to the Arts Council’s mission of celebrating “art in the everyday,” these students submitted application essays about how the arts have enriched and shaped their lives and their visions for the future. The students’ intended pursuits at universities and institutes include art history and international cultural commerce, music and world cultures, musical theatre and stagIMG_0618ecraft, and the culinary arts.

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s board shares its delight in celebrating and encouraging the talents and aspirations of local youth.  These scholarships reflect an on-going commitment to support arts education and exploration for all, as well as recognition of the role art and creativity play in an enriched life.

For further information on the 2015 Hopewell Valley Arts Council Scholars and all the upcoming activities of the Council visit to

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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