The Alicia Betancourt Prize for Excellence in the Arts

Application

Alicia Betancourt Scholarship 2016-17 Application


A tax free donation can be made to the scholarship by writing a check to James Hubert Blake High School. Please write in your check that the amount is intended to go the Alicia Betancourt Prize. You can mail the check to the attention:

Kathryn Vargo, School Business Administrator
James Hubert Blake High School
300 Norwood Road
Silver Spring, MD, 20905

History

The Alicia Betancourt Prize for excellence in the Arts was created from the Scholarship fund founded in 2004 by Arturo Betancourt and Lulu Delacre in memory of their 16 year old daughter after she died as a passenger in a car.

 

Initially established as a $4,000 scholarship to be awarded for sixteen consecutive years, the prize is now a scholarship greater than $6,000 distributed over the course of 4 years. The value of the scholarship may continue to increase for the first-place winner; the first runner-up will receive a single award of $1,000 and the second runner-up will receive one of $500.

 

The first prize was awarded in Spring 2006 and the scholarship will continue to be awarded through 2021.

 

Candidate's Profile

The candidate should be a female senior at James Hubert Blake High School with a strong interest in the visual arts and/or dance.

 

She should have an excellent work ethic, strong academics, and a GPA of 3.5 unweighted and/or 4.0 weighted. She should be a kind, well-rounded person committed to community service and have a clean driving record.

 

Once in college the recipient must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a clean driving record. The scholarship will not be renewed if the student quits college. It will be suspended if the student takes time off from college and will continue once she is back in school.

 

Board

- Arturo E. Betancourt
- Lulu Delacre
- Veronica Betancourt

 

Selection Committee

- John Overman, Art Teacher, Chair
- Alyssa Bowlby, Ceramics Teacher

- Danielle D'Anna, Dance Teacher
- Donna Iriarte, Dance Teacher
- Susan B. Knott, Art Teacher

 

Committee members may change from year to year

 

Previous Winners

Previous winners include: Christine Evans (2016)

2015
Sydney Steel - Winner
2014
Samantha Wright - Winner
2013
Emily Eaglin - Winner
2012
Monika Looney - Winner
2011
Connie Dai - Winner
2010
Ashley Haymaker - Winner
2009
Elizabeth Gipson - Winner
2008
Layla Lynn - Winner
2007
Hannah Wides - Winner
2006
Emily Toy - Winner

Original 2006 Winners
Emily Toy, Hannah Song and Allie Williams won in 2006, the first year the scholarship was awarded.

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