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Baltimore City Public School students receive college scholarships through District Court art program

Courting Art Baltimore
Posted at 10:31 AM, May 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-20 10:32:24-04

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Judiciary on Wednesday awarded more than $21,000.00 in college scholarships to seven Baltimore City Public School students who participated in the Courting Art Baltimore program.

Courting Art Baltimore was established in 2015 by the District Court. It's an art contest open to all Baltimore City public high school students.

“At the suggestion of someone involved in Courting Art, I brought the program to Baltimore and, with the help of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, we created Courting Art Baltimore with a focus on providing post-high school scholarships to our public school students,” said Baltimore City District Court Judge Halee F. Weinstein. “A lot of hard work and true collaboration have gone into making Courting Art Baltimore possible.”

This year, students were invited to submit paintings, drawings, or other two-dimensional works of art based on the theme “Baltimore Rising.”

Reproductions of the winning artwork will be on long-term display in the Eastside District courthouse.

In addition to scholarships, each of the 26 finalists received a $50 gift card and two received a placement in the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Young People’s Studio, which provides weekend art classes for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Here is a list of the seven lucky scholarship winners.

  1. Stephanie Toro-Toruno, Baltimore Design School, $7,500 and MICA Summer Pre-College program scholarship
  2. Ri'Kayla Edwards, Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, $5,000 and MICA Summer Pre-College program scholarship
  3. Rashawn "Slim" Spence, Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, $3,500
  4. Monaca Harrison, Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, $2,500
  5. Arianna Armstrong, Amira Cornish, Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, $1,500
  6. Aaron Cambell, Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, $750
  7. Destiny Ralph, Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, $500