Summer Grant Program
The Summer Grant Program, founded by Bill Risley in 2005, gives high school students the opportunity to participate in summer educational arts programs and to accept internships in their fields of interest. Over the past nine years, seventy-nine students have received nearly $200,000 in summer grant scholarships. The scholarships are funded with special grants from the Lilac Foundation as well as gifts from individuals.
ASAP students have attended pre-college programs at Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA; Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA; Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT; Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY; The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and other nationally-known institutions, as well as at local organizations such as the National Guitar Workshop and the Bucks Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp in New Milford, and the Litchfield Jazz Camp.
Congratulations to the 2013 Summer Grant Program recipients
- Natalie Allyn: Pre-College Perspective at Ringling College of Art and Design
- Olivia Blazas: Center for Creative Youth Program at Wesleyan University: Musical Theatre
- Olivia Bosson: Rhode Island School of Design Pre-college Program
- Jillian Bradshaw: Studio Acting Program at Emerson College
- Zachary Carter: Broadway Artist Alliance Summer Intensive
- Nicole Cassidy: Pratt Pre-college Program
- Christina Jenkins: Parsons Pre-college Graphic Design Program
- Saira Muhammed: Center for Creative Youth Program at Wesleyan University: Theatre
- Jimmy Pavlick: NYU Looking for Shakespeare Pre-college Summer Acting Program
- Kimberly Reynolds: Center for Creative Youth Program at Wesleyan University: Visual Arts
- Christian Scillitoe: Litchfield Jazz Camp
- Sebastian Taylor: Buck’s Rock Performing Arts Camp
- Michael Yedowitz: NYU Summer Institute of Music Technology
Video by Milburn Media Arts, LLC.
Past SGP Recipients
2012: Thomas Barkal, Ian Bowman, Andre Cardenas, Olivia Conforti, Bailey Thomas Cummings, Emily Deanne, Emily Giarrano, Grace Giordano, Christina Jenkins, Danielle Orlando, James Pavlick, Evelyn Rinaldi, Erik Saalmuller, Mikayla Sapack, Madeline Stenson, Sebastian Taylor, Karlin Wong, Mike Yedowitz
2011: Sage C. Fresilli- Murphy, Emily A. Giarrano, Zhane A. Gomes-Walton, Ian C. McConnell, Jenna S. O’Dell, Raquel Rodriguez, Erik Saalmuller, Jack Saleeby, Mikayla L. Sapack, Taylor R. Walsh
2010: Cameron Chaplen, Alana Crumrine, Kenny Heyne, Callie Huber, Genna-Marie Kilduff, Anne LaGattuta, Everett O’Reilly-Narciso, Tyler Palmese, Andrew Parlato, Jennifer Pavlick, Mikayla Sapack, Jesse Steinmetz
2009: Linden Crumrine, Tiffany Dittus, Erik Fisher, Emilia Jagura, Tyler Palmese, Alison Ritacco, Dalton Silvernail, Jesse Steinmetz, Max Tanguay-Colucci, Lindsay Walsh
2008: Hannah Andrews, Cheyenne Barboza, Bethany Bartkus, Emma Cava, Jamie Davenport, Tiffany Dittus, Emily Duda, Jim O’Donnell, Tyler Palmese, Alison Ritacco, Lauren Samoska, Kate Truini, Jordan Walsh, Thomas Wrenn
2007: Bethany Bartkus, Caitlin Belforti, Emma Cava, Jillian DeMayo, Melissa Harmon, Alex Maddalena, Ashley Randall, Lindsey Walsh
2006: Ryan Alves, Bethany Bartkus, Nick Garbien, Lily Horton, David Kinkade, Charlie Van Kirk
2005: Conor Calabro, Jake Doty, Alex Munson, Eric Pratt
Pictured above: 2012 Summer Grant Program Recipients & Scholarship Director Paul Doherty.