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WSI Lentz Scholarship

James C. Lentz Memorial Art Scholarship


The WSI awards the James C. Lentz Memorial Art Scholarship annually to an Indiana high school senior pursuing a degree in the visual arts.  As part of our nonprofit outreach each year, we enlist WSI volunteers by forming a scholarship committee to evaluate the scholarship applications and select a recipient in Jim's memory. Jim Lentz was a founding member of WSI, a talented artist and enthusiastic educator who taught art at Arlington High School for more than two decades. The Lentz Scholarship honors his legacy of engaging young people to pursue their artistic goals. It enables them to build skills, expand their creativity and develop their message in order to connect with and inspire their audience. The video below reveals more about Jim and his lasting impact.

Watch the video about the James C. Lentz Memorial Scholarship

from Interactive Media on Vimeo.

Lentz Scholarship Recipient for 2021

Alexis (Lexi) Carter, Carmel High School 

This year the WSI Scholarship committee worked remotely due to the pandemic to review the applications and portfolios of those high school seniors who vied for the James C. Lentz scholarship for 2021.  The committee put in some long hours to study, analyze and assess each student’s application, academic transcript, artist statement, teacher recommendation, and portfolio.  This year I am happy to report there were 20 Lentz scholarship applicants.  I must extend my gratitude to our WSI members who volunteered their time and talents to give of themselves for the benefit of our committee. Your faithfulness, commitment, and willingness to serve exemplifies the spirit of the James C. Lentz scholarship. The WSI is grateful to the scholarship committee members: Paula Dearringer, Marcia Reller, John O’Connor, and Brenda Pettigrew.  The WSI Scholarship committee is honored to carry on the wishes of James C. Lentz and is appreciative of the continued support of the Lentz family. 

After reviewing and ranking the applicants and narrowing the group to a final few, the committee is happy to announce the James C. Lentz scholarship recipient for 2021 is Alexis (Lexi) Carter from Carmel High School.  Lexi will be attending the Parsons School of Design in New York City in the fall and is excited at all it has to offer. We extend the congratulations of the scholarship committee, the WSI, and the Lentz family to Alexis Carter and wish her the best in her future studies.

John O’Connor

WSI Scholarship Chairperson, 2021






Examples of Lexi Carter's Artwork


Alexis Carter, Carmel HS - 2021 James C. Lentz Scholarship Winner

Hi! My name is Alexis Carter. This spring I will be graduating from Carmel High School and attending Parsons School of Design in the fall! I’ve always wanted to be an artist, and I am immensely grateful that I will be continuing that pursuit at art school next year! I am very interested in sustainability as well as environmental issues, and I plan on using my art in order to make a positive change in the world! Thank you to the WSI scholarship committee for helping my dream become a reality! 

Lexi Carter

Carmel High School

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