Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarship Winners Announced

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Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts (TBBCA) will award $15,000 to the 2023 Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarship winners at a reception hosted by Dr. Ronald Vaughn and Renée Vaughn. The reception at The University of Tampa Ferman Center for the Arts starts at 5:30 p.m. on May 17.

Since the Art Stars Scholarship Program was founded in 2008 by Tampa Bay BCA’s past board president, the late Charlie Hounchell, the non-profit has awarded over $230,000 to more than 90 students, most of whom have come from public high schools. This year’s awardees will each receive $2,500 for tuition or other academic support

“Tampa Bay BCA hopes that these high-impact scholarships enable area students to continue to thrive while honing their talents,” said Leslie Wager Hudock, Tampa Bay BCA Board President. “We are so proud of the talent that has been fostered here in the Tampa Bay area and thrilled to be able to honor these deserving students.”.

The scholarships were awarded in six artistic categories to the following exceptional students:

Dance: Lauren Scotch, Steinbrenner High School

Theatre: Alana Hogan, Gibbs High School

Instrumental Music: Myra Sexton, Howard W. Blake High School

Vocal Music: Kaia Owens, Tampa Preparatory School

Visual Arts: Phillip Woodside, Howard W. Blake High School

Literary Arts: Kennedy Engasser, Land O’Lakes High School

About Tampa Bay BCA

The Tampa Bay BCA is a trailblazing non-profit 501 (c) (3) that has been revolutionizing the cultural landscape since its inception in 1989. As the first-ever Business Committee for the Arts in Florida, TBBCA has been leading the charge of connecting business leaders with the arts and culture scene – both in the workplace and the broader community.  

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