Congratulations to The Center’s 2017 Scholarship Recipients!

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts has awarded over $800K in scholarships over the past nineteen years. In 2017 The Center gave 28 scholarships to Wood River Valley residents.

Each year The Center gives scholarships to local students and educators to further their education in the arts and humanities. Comprised of four different scholarships, the program is made possible through funds raised at The Center’s Annual Wine Auction and private donations. Awards are based on artistic merit, application materials and financial need.

“Our annual scholarship presentation is always one of my favorite events of the year,” said Christine Davis-Jeffers, Executive Director at Sun Valley Center for the Arts. “It is incredibly rewarding to see the impact these awards have on the lives of our valley’s students. Every year, we hear from students who have gone on to careers in the arts and humanities that they might not otherwise have had access to because of the programs they were able to participate in with the help of the The Center’s scholarship program. It’s a joy and a priviledge to be able to help launch young artists, writers, dancers, musicians and actors on courses of study as they pursue their passions.”

Kim Aranda received the Ezra Pound Award, a grant made possible through the generosity of Jennifer Wilson and given each year to a Blaine County high school junior for summer study. Aranda will use the funds to study visual arts at the Arts University of Bournemouth in London, England.

Nineteen high school students received Arts and Humanities Scholarships to attend a wide variety of summer programs. Several students will use their awards to pursue music lessons with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music, while others will travel to programs around the country including The New School Jazz Program, Maine College of Art, SOCAPA Advanced Filmmaking, Carnegie-Mellon School of Drama and the University of Idaho Design Week.

This year’s Gay V. Weake Award, which supports college students majoring in the arts and humanities, was given to Lemuel Reagan. Reagan attends Boise State University and is persuring a theatre major and dance minor. Five former Gay V. Weake recipients had their awards renewed to continue their college studies: Pierson Carlsen (2016), Ashlie Pulleiro (2015), Haylee Pettit (2015), Caleb Garvin (2014) and Chase England (2013).

Additionally, two local educators received funds to pursue professional development in fields including theatre and visual arts.

A reception for recipients and their families was held on Tuesday, April 4th

A complete list of the 2017 Scholarship Recipients:

Ben Anderson                                      Arika Gourley                                      Bronwyn Reagan
Kim Aranda                                          Jennifer Jordan                                  Lemuel Reagan
Pierson Carlsen                                   Analicia Josie Koeplin                        Neftali Reigle
Monica Carrillo Casas                        Jorgen Lawrence                                 Milo Ryason
Elva Chen                                             Annabelle Lewis                                  Amy Schlatter – Educator
Rebecca “M” Clayton                         Jeff Mecham- Educator                     Beck Vontver
Chase England                                    Odalis Ocampo                                    Annabel Webster
Emma Flolo                                         Haylee Pettit                                        Anik Zarkos
Joseph Frye                                         Dylan Porth                                           
Caleb Garvin                                        Ashlie Pulleiro

For more information about The Center’s scholarship program or get involved, please visit or call us at 208.726.9491.