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.

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 2020.  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 27 Lentz scholarship applicants.  The students represented 18 different Indiana high schools ranging from Evansville and Crawford County in the south to West Lafayette and Gas City in the north.  But the majority of applicants hailed from central Indiana including our eventual scholarship winner.  But before we get to the scholarship winner, 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, Carol Griffith, Ann Johnson, 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 2020 is Samuel (Sam) Henry from Fishers High School.  Sam is a bright and articulate student and his portfolio demonstrates a creative and sensitive mind.  He is a wonderful representative of tomorrow’s future artists.  Sam will be attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) 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 Samuel Henry and wish him the best in his future studies.

John O’Connor

2020 WSI Scholarship Chairperson