Scholarships awarded to area arts students

Kathleen Pilatzke

Julia Appley-Mitra Scholarships go to Lukas Vanderlip and Kathleen Pilatzke

Kamloops, BC — The Kamloops Arts Council (KAC) has awarded scholarships of $500 each to two graduating area high school students going on to post-secondary studies in the fine arts.
Lukas Vanderlip (Westwold/Kamloops), no stranger to Kamloops stages, is starting theatre studies at Thompson Rivers University. Kathleen Pilatzke (Barriere) will be starting fine arts (visual) at the University of Lethbridge.
“This scholarship will greatly help with my tuition costs, as well as to help purchase supplies for my courses,” says Kathleen Pilatzke. “I am very grateful for the Kamloops Arts Council for offering this scholarship, and for selecting me as a recipient of it.”

Lukas Vanderlip

“The scholarship will go towards tuition for my studies in the Bachelor of Arts program at TRU, beginning in the fall this year,” says Lukas Vanderlip. “I can’t wait to get started on all my classes in September and expand my knowledge in theatre. I just want to say thank you to KAC, I’m really grateful for their decision to grant me this award and I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

The KAC received a record number of applications from grade 12 students this year.
“Our Scholarship Selection Committee had a challenging time — we have an immense number of talented youth in our community, but only limited funds to disburse,” said Kathy Sinclair, KAC executive director. “We trust these scholarships will help Kathleen and Lukas in their studies, and we encourage them and others to look into other scholarships and awards available through their post-secondary institutions and funding bodies such as the BC Arts Council.”
The KAC scholarship is named after Julia Appley-Mitra, a longtime KAC board director and supporter of the arts community.
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