Sunday, April 18, 2021
Sun Valley Museum of Art Exceeds a Million Dollars in Scholarships
Those who received scholarships in 2019 were able to celebrate at an in-person reception. COURTESY: Sun Valley Museum of Arts
Monday, March 29, 2021


The Sun Valley Museum of Art has awarded $38,979 in scholarships to 20 local students and educators to advance their education and experience in the arts.

With that, SVMoA has given $1,014,113—more than a million dollars—in scholarships since 1998, noted Katelyn Foley, director of Education and Humanities at SVMoA. The scholarships are funded by private donations and funds raised at The Museum’s annual Wine Auction.

“It’s an exciting milestone worth celebrating, and especially fitting as this year marks the organization’s 50th anniversary,” said Foley. “It’s incredible to witness the amount of talent, drive, and commitment of our scholarship applicants every year. I am amazed by each of them, and I am eager to see them develop their skills and interests.”

In years past, SVMoA has celebrated the success of its scholarship recipients with a special reception at The Museum. Because of continued safety measures around gatherings, SVMoA will host a virtual celebration for recipients and their families at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8.

The 2021 scholarships:

GAY V. WEAKE SCHOLARSHIP – A renewable scholarship of $2,000 per year, awarded to a high school senior or full-time college student majoring in the arts or humanities, to be applied annually toward tuition at an accredited college or university. The 2021 winner is Brock Perry Rhodes, a Silver Creek High School senior who plans to study film and television arts at Boise State University. Additionally, seven honorary scholarship winners will receive one-time awards for their accomplishments: Daria Brown, Elena Vorm, Kerian Heywood, Paige DeShields, Wyatt Root and Rye Fruehling. The following winners of the Gay V. Weake Scholarship from previous years will continue to receive their annual awards: Jennifer Jordan (2020), Elva Chen (2019) and Lemuel Reagan (2017).

HIGH SCHOOL ARTS & HUMANITIES SCHOLARSHIP – Multiple scholarships of up to $2,500 awarded to students currently enrolled in grades 9–12 to further their formal studies in the arts and humanities outside of regular school hours. The 2021 winners are Adri Meyer, Brady Giles, Brandon Enders, Bridgette Silva, Jasmine Jordan, Ninayel Aworthy, Orrie DeShields and Sara Mendiolaza-Francia.

WENDY & ALAN PESKY EDUCATOR SCHOLARSHIP – Multiple scholarships of up to $1,200 awarded to K-12 educators to support formal professional development in visual arts, performing arts or humanities. The 2021 winners are Ashlie Pulleiro, Cathy Reinheimer, Michelle DeLateur, Shawn Schumacher and Tyler Sant.

Applications for SVMoA’s 2022 scholarship program will be available Dec. 1, 2021. To learn more, visit Or, contact Katelyn Foley at or 208-726-9491 x119.


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