BIG ARTS Scholarship Programs


Scholarships made possible by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Patricia & Davis Thurber,
and other community support - including the Photo Scavenger Hunt event.

Scholarships for Visual Arts, Writing/Literary Arts, Film
or Performing Arts Students:

Following a rigorous interview and selection process, scholarships are awarded to high school seniors and college students studying visual arts, music, dance, theater, or film to encourage continued artistic development. Scholarships are made possible by the generosity of Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Patricia and Davis Thurber, and by community support. Applications are due in March 2014.

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In April 2014 the scholarship committee will consider funding for, but not limited to, tuition associated with any arts-related degree or advanced workshops. In order to be eligible for a BIG ARTS Award, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • High school senior planning to study the arts
  • Student currently enrolled in accredited undergraduate programs

And also must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Current resident of Sanibel or Captiva for at least two years
  • Currently employed (or have a parent employed) on Sanibel or Captiva for at least two years
  • Current member of BIG ARTS for two years (one year for students)
  • Current resident of Lee County

Funds may be used for an educational institutionís tuition, books, art supplies, or equipment.


This project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, which seeks to further the artist's philanthropic and educational interests, and to advance understanding of the legacy of Robert Rauschenberg's life and artwork.


2013 BIG ARTS Scholarship Winners:

Christian Allison, BIG ARTS/Robert Rauschenberg Award
Anna Craig, BIG ARTS/Robert Rauschenberg Award
Lisa Hamman, BIG ARTS/Patricia Thurber Trust Award
Jennifer Hemstreet, BIG ARTS/Robert Rauschenberg Award
Isabella LeVan, BIG ARTS/Patricia Thurber Trust Award
Kacie Phillips, BIG ARTS/Patricia Thurber Trust Award
Deidre Rogan, BIG ARTS Dance Scholarship



2012 BIG ARTS Scholarship Winners:

Anna Craig, BIG ARTS/Robert Rauschenberg Award
Paul Gavin, BIG ARTS/Patricia Thurber Trust Award
Kacie Phillips, BIG ARTS/Patricia Thurber Trust Award
Alisa Scrivner, BIG ARTS/Robert Rauschenberg Award
Dakota Sica, BIG ARTS/Robert Rauschenberg Award
Krystal Smith, BIG ARTS/Robert Rauschenberg Award
Sasha Wortzel, BIG ARTS/Patricia Thurber Trust Award
Jessica Zizzo, BIG ARTS Dance Scholarship



2013 BIG ARTS Classical Music Scholarship Winners:

Priscila Navarro
Kevin Seto
Kristen Seto
Joan Hadden


2012 BIG ARTS Classical Music Scholarship Winners:

Jossecarlo Romo Bocanegra
Manuel Molina Flores
Priscila Navarro
Chelsey Norris
Kevin Seto
Kristen Seto


BIG ARTS Classical Music Scholarship:

Students who have professional goals to pursue classical musical instruments, including piano, composition and conducting, are invited to apply. This scholarship is for highly talented students who plan to continue their classical music studies. Applications are due Friday, October 4, 2013.




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