Lebovitz Lively Arts Scholarship awarded to five MHS graduates

(L-R) Mackenzie Graham, Maia Huddleston, Jolie Osburn, Katherine Shamdin, Zachary Smith

A total of $10,000 has been awarded to graduates of Mattoon High School from the Lebovtiz Lively Arts Scholarship Fund. Five scholarships of $2,000 were awarded.

Mackenzie Graham is a 2019 graduate of Mattoon High School and plans to attend Eastern Illinois University to study art.

Maia Huddleston is a 2019 graduate of Mattoon High School. She plans to attend Illinois State University to study mass media.

Jolie Osburn is a 2019 graduate of Mattoon High School. She plans to attend Eastern Illinois University to study digital media.

Katherine Shamdin is a 2019 graduate of Mattoon High School and plans to attend University of Iowa to study dance.

Zachary Smith is a 2019 graduate of Mattoon High School. He plans to study music education at Milikin University.

The Lebovitz Lively Arts Scholarship was created to provide college scholarships to one or more Mattoon graduates who major or will major in visual or performing arts. The scholarship was named in honor of Carl 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. The Lebovitz Lively Arts Scholarship has reached its seventh year of awarding scholarships to applicants who are graduates of Mattoon High School and major in the visual or performing arts.

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