Made in Kingston is proud to offer an annual $1000 scholarship to a graduating Kingston High School senior pursuing studies in the arts or technology. Funds for the scholarship are raised each year from a combination of our wonderful local business sponsors, raffles and donations at live events, and/or grants. Below are our past scholarship winners:
2023 – Danee Johnson
I am Danee Johnson, and I’m honored to be selected as the winner for the 2023 Made in Kingston Scholarship Award. I plan to go to Suny New Paltz to as an Art major. I am very excited to help the art community to grow. I believe no one is bad at art; art has no rules and that’s what makes each work of art different. It allows people to show and express themselves in a creative way, especially people who struggle with communication. Love and appreciation for art is a wonderful thing to have in the world because it is everywhere and has much purpose in life. Thank you for granting me this award.
2022 – German Barrera
We are pleased to present this year’s $1000 scholarship to KHS graduating senior German Barrera, who plans to pursue a degree in Fine Arts at SUNY Ulster. “I want to thank the sponsors of the Made In Kingston Scholarship,” says German. “I’m grateful for this scholarship because it will help me pay a portion of the expenses of my college career, for example, in obtaining materials for my art-centered class, as well as textbooks and other expenses… and help my single mother have less stress over my tuition or paying for materials.” We wish German the best of luck and look forward to his future contributions to Kingston’s arts scene!
2021 – Isabella Harrell
This year’s scholarship winner plans on pursuing a degree in education. Isabella wants to be an art teacher. “I look forward to sharing my love of art & showing kids, even if they feel that they have no skills, they can create something beautiful,” the recent KHS student says. Her college path will begin at Ulster County Community College and she plans on transferring to New Paltz. “What better place for art and education? I’m happy to stay local.” Karen Berelowitz, Committee Coordinator, is honored that Made in Kingston can be a part of Isabella’s higher education journey and her bright future. “We’re thrilled she’s staying in the area and bringing her passion, creativity, and positive spirit to our community.”
2020 – Emmett Lippert
A Kingston High School graduating senior heading to the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn is the 2020 recipient of the Made In Kingston Scholarship. “Emmett Lippert plans to study fashion at Pratt, and we learned that during his time at KHS, he acquired silkscreening skills and started his own company called BotchedNY to sell his T-shirts,” said Pat Strong, founder of the annual arts expo that has showcased the work of Kingston artists and makers each December for the past seven years. “We’re delighted to support his decision to pursue an arts career.”
2019 – Nick Carroll and Atballany Jimenez Peralta (not pictured)
(with additional support from Bailey Pottery)
Our arts scholarship goes to Nick Carroll, who is well known and loved in this community for her passion for art and her work with PUGG, the Pop Up Gallery Group. Nick will be attending the Maryland Institute College of Art and we wish her well.
Our technology scholarship goes to Atballany Jimenez-Peralta, who will begin studying for his engineering degree this fall at SUNY Ulster. Mr. Peralta came to this country only a few years ago and has excelled in his studies even while learning a new language. We wish him all the best in his chosen field.
2018 – Sydney Miller
Graduating Kingston High School senior Sydney Miller is the 2018 recipient of the Made in Kingston arts and technology scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship was presented to Ms. Miller at the June 11th KHS Scholarship Awards Night program. Ms. Miller has been accepted to four colleges and expects to pursue a career in music education and performance. “Music is my passion and being awarded the honor of this scholarship helps make my dreams more achievable,” said Ms. Miller. “We’re so happy for Sydney; she’s done a lot of great work already and she has a bright future,” said Pat Courtney Strong, Made In Kingston founder.
2017 – Raquelle DeCicco
Raquelle DeCicco, a 2017 graduate of Kingston High School, was awarded the $1,000 scholarship as part of the high school’s June 12 awards night ceremony. “We were pleased to award this scholarship to Raquelle, because her application clearly showed that she’s a well rounded, arts-oriented student,” said Made in Kingston scholarship committee co-chair, Tommy Keegan of Keegan Ales. “We know she’ll make great use of this scholarship.”