The Juneau Community Foundation and the Brady family of Skagway have announced that the Margaret Frans Brady Fund has awarded $7,000 in scholarship funding in 2017 for the following qualifying area students who are pursuing artistic excellence:

• Kara Whitehead, Skagway – Kara is a member of Skagway High’s accomplished Drama, Debate and Forensics team. Her powerful speech on ALS and her family’s experience with the disease won every meet she entered this past school year, including a state championship in expository speaking. She will be attending DDF nationals in Alabama this summer. $1,000

• Tatum Sager, Skagway – Tatum, a seventh grade vocalist at Skagway School, has been singing the national anthem at high school basketball games since she was in elementary school. She will be attending Girls Rock Camp in Haines for the second straight summer. $300

• Peyton Rodig, Skagway – Peyton, an eighth grade bass player at Skagway School, will be attending Girls Rock Camp in Haines for the second straight summer. $300

• Mina Yee, Skagway – Mina, a 7-year-old who is learning the violin very fast, dazzled the audience at the recent International Folk Festival in Skagway. She will be continuing her lessons in the Suzuki Method this summer in Whitehorse through the Skagway Arts Council. $400

• Abigail Hoy, Juneau – Abigail is an accomplished high school musician, having entertained audiences with her singing in All-State Choir, and with her bass and bassoon playing in honor bands, orchestras and the Juneau Symphony. She will be attending Northwestern State in Louisiana in the fall with an emphasis on music education. $500

• Brita Fagerstrom, Juneau – Brita is a sophomore musical theatre major at Sam Houston State in Texas. Her well-rounded talents range from acting to designing props, sets and makeup for productions. $300

• Dakota “Cody” Johnson, Juneau – Dakota is graduating from high school early as a junior in order to pursue her dream of becoming a dancer. Her talents have already been seen with the Juneau Dance Theatre, and she has been accepted at the Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco. $1,000

• Finn Morley, Juneau – Finn is already a fine cellist at the developmental age of 13 and will be honing his skills this summer at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado. $400

• Katrina Buchanan, Juneau – Katrina is an accomplished visual artist pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. $500

• Kyle Farley-Robinson, Juneau – Kyle, a sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High, earned a command performance in piano at last year’s Southeast Music Festival and will continue to develop his playing for a second straight summer at the Adamant Music Camp in Vermont. $400

  Misha Culver, Juneau – Misha is an amazing dancer – now in her junior year at Marymount Manhattan in New York – where her interest has shifted toward arts therapy. $500

• Noatak Post, Juneau – Noatak is a sophomore at Thunder Mountain High and an accomplished violin and viola player. He was an all-state performer in 2016 and also played with the Juneau Symphony. He will attend Sitka Fine Arts Camp this summer. $400

• Rachel “Ray” Friedlander, Douglas – Rachel is an ambitious young woman who has blended photography, film and her own writing into making video poetry. She has been accepted into the graduate professional program at UCLA in screenwriting. $500

• Summer Putnam, Juneau – Summer, a visual artist who will be graduating from JDHS this May, has been president of the Art Club and active in Artfest each spring. After attending an architecture camp last summer, she made it her goal to pursue that field in college so she can bring her talents home as an architect. She will be attending the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon in the fall. $500

The Margaret Frans Brady Fund was established in 2012 at the Juneau Community Foundation to support arts and education projects and programs in Skagway and northern Southeast Alaska.

A separate MFB Scholarship Fund was established a year later to assist students and artists in the Southeast area with scholarships to help them improve their creative abilities. Including this year’s awards, a total of $31,950 has been awarded to 43 area students since the scholarship was started in 2013.

“It’s an honor for us to be able to assist these young artists from our region in pursuing their goals,” said Jeff Brady, chair of the MFB Scholarship Committee.

“At a time when it seems the arts are under siege at the federal level, we need to make sure that support never falters at the local and state level.”