Bishop Brossart High School recently announced the winners of the Al Keller III Fine Arts Scholarship.
According to a Bishop Brossart news release, the scholarship, which was established in 2003 in memory of a 1980 BBHS graduate, offers two $1,000 tuition assistance awards to BBHS students and one $750 award to a St. Joseph Cold Spring eighth grader who have made great strides in the arts. The grade school art award is fairly new, as the Keller family and BBHS didn't add it to the Fine Arts Scholarship until last year.
According to BBHS Development Director Ronald Heiert, students are personally recommended to the administration by David Schuh, the BBHS art teacher who is finishing up his 35th year at the school. As for qualifications for the scholarship, Schuh takes into consideration various factors including a student's overall GPA, their talent in drawings and paintings and their desire to purse a career in the art field. Additionally, the guidance office also provide personal recommendations.
"Year after year, we are able to witness through this scholarship, the tremendous creativity and skills our art students are blessed with," Heiert said. "Ultimately, this encourages them to fully utilize their artistic talents throughout a wide range of career opportunities. A tremendous debt of gratitude is sent to the entire Keller family for their continuing efforts and support to endow this scholarship, but more importantly for their immeasurable support for many years to BBHS."
This year the $1,000 tuition awards went to Cassandra Rinehard, daughter of Diane Rinehard of Alexandria and graduate of the BBHS Class of 2016 St. Joseph Cold Spring Parish; and Jade Rauen, daughter of Kristina Lyons of Alexandria and graduate of BBHS Class of 2015 St. Joseph Cold Spring Parish. The $750 tuition award went to Christina Dierig, daughter of Dan and Gina Dierig of Cold Spring and an incoming freshman from St. Joseph Cold Spring Grade School, the home parish of the Keller family.
"Our two current BBHS art student recipients, Cassie Rinehard and Jade Rauen, have demonstrated a passion and talent for the visual arts and strive to develop their own personal artistic skills and individual talents," Heiert said. "Likewise, we look forward to our incoming freshman scholarship winner Christina Dierig representing the BBHS art program during her next four years in our new facility."
Heiert added that Bishop Brossart will soon be moving into the new $8 million facility that will include a variety of amenities.
For the arts department, there will be a remarkable fine arts center featuring a 420-seat state of the art theater, music room and a new art room with lots of natural lighting.
For more information about BBHS, visit www.bishopbrossart.org.