The Juneau Community Foundation and the Brady family of Skagway announced the Margaret Frans Brady Fund awarded $10,500 in scholarship funding in 2021 for seven qualifying area residents who are pursuing artistic excellence:
• Fiona Ferguson, Sitka – Fiona, a 2021 graduate of Sitka High School and already an accomplished young artist in her community, will be pursuing an arts education degree in the fall at Western Washington University. $2,000
• Finn Morley, Juneau – Finn, a 2021 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, has established himself as a talented cellist with dazzling rap recordings as the artist “Sharp Chedda.” He will be attending Vassar College in New York in the fall. $2,000
• Noatak Post, Juneau – Noatak, Juneau’s young viola virtuoso, will continue his pursuit of a degree in music education as a junior at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, with plans to come home to teach some day. $2,000
• Virginia Potts, Juneau – Virginia, a 2021 graduate of Thunder Mountain High School, will take her unique drawing talents to the University of Hawaii-Hilo, where she will major in art in the fall. $1,000
• Peyton Rodig, Skagway – Peyton, a 2021 graduate of Skagway High School, will take her writing and musical talents to the University of Alaska Southeast in the fall. $500
• Claire Scott, Juneau – Claire, a 2021 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, already has two published graphic novels to her creative credit, along with being a mentor and volunteer in her community. This fall, she will attend the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. $2,000
• Mina Yee, Skagway – Mina, a show violinist at the age of 11, will be able to continue her professional lessons (virtually for the time being) with a scholarship grant to the Skagway Arts Council. $1,000
“We are so happy to see creative talents continue to rise up in our communities, in spite of having limited audiences during this difficult pandemic year past,” said Jeff Brady, chair of the MFB Scholarship Committee. “Hopefully, as we safely move forward and are able to gather again, we can applaud all of our wonderful SE Alaska artists.”
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 Arts Scholarship Fund was established a year later to assist students and artists in our area with scholarships to help them improve their creative abilities.
Including this year’s awards, more than $62,000 has been awarded to 67 area students of the arts since the MFB Arts Scholarship fund was created.
The MFB Fund continues to accept arts and education project applications from non-profit entities, limited on availability of funds. See more information about how to inquire and apply at https://www.juneaucf.org/index.php/fund-mfb-grants/.