James C. Lentz Art Scholarship

A WSI grant from the James C. Lentz Scholarship Fund for the purpose of providing each year an annual scholarship to a graduating high school senior who will be majoring in fine arts or art education at his/her chosen university. Congratulations to Alexis Carter, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY!

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 non-profit outreach each year we engage volunteers to form a scholarship committee to evaluate the scholarship applications and select a winner.  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 Alexi (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

2021 WSI Scholarship Chairperson