2012 applicaitons available for Lebovitz Lively Arts Scholarship Fund

The Mattoon Area Community Foundation recently announced that applications are now available for the Lebovitz Lively Arts Scholarship Fund.

The permanent endowment fund was created by the estate of the late Carl. H. Lebovitz to provide college scholarships to one or more graduates of Mattoon High School who major or will major in the visual or performing arts.

The scholarship was named in honor of Lebovitz and James K. Lively, formerly of Mattoon. Lively worked as a freelance translator of many Slavic languages and was a patron of the arts during all of his adult life. He died in 1998. Lebovitz, also a language translator, was a founding member of the Mattoon Arts Council and a patron of the arts throughout his life. He participated in local theatrical productions over the years, and was the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier's arts reviewer-at-large for 30 years. Lebovitz died in 2009.

Two scholarships of $1500 each will be awarded to two or more graduates of Mattoon High School who major or will major in the visual or performing arts for the 2012-2013 school year. The recipient of the scholarship shall be determined by a committee appointed by the Mattoon Arts Council. Applications are available at the Mattoon High School Guidance Counselor Office or at First Mid Illinois Bank in Mattoon. Completed applications are due on or before March 18, 2012. The award will be made in May 2012.

For more information about the Mattoon Area Community Foundation or about the Lebovitz Lively Arts Scholarship Fund, contact Jon Fulton, Executive Director of the Mattoon Area Community Foundation at 217-235-2500 or jfulton@enrichingourcommunity.org . You can also visit our Website at www.enrichingourcommunity.org.

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