The Visual Arts Endowment funds the Visual Arts Scholarship designed for CHS students pursuing a collegiate degree in Art, Graphic Design, Structural or Construction Engineering, Interior Design or Architecture.
CHS seniors now have the opportunity to vie for a newly developed Visual Arts Scholarship. The Visual Arts Scholarship, which has been established through an endowment with the Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation, was established as an annual $2,500 scholarship award in May of 2009.
John Wald (CHS Class of 1985) and his wife Anastasia provided an initial $25,000 endowment gift for the Visual Arts Scholarship Endowment. The initial funds were given for two main reasons. First and foremost, John and Anastasia understand the ever-growing need for scholarship opportunities for college-bound students. And, secondly, the scholarship honors the remarkable teachers in Aberdeen Public Schools, such as John's former teacher, Mr. Thomas Butch.
Dr. Gary Harms, past Superintendent of Aberdeen Public Schools stated, "I’m simultaneously gratified and overwhelmed that John and Anastasia are so generously promoting Fine Arts within our school district. We are grateful for their gift that will forever provide wonderful scholarship opportunities to our students."
The goal for the Visual Arts Scholarship Endowment
is to reach a funding target of $75,000.
As of June 30, 2023. . .
The Visual Arts Endowment balance has reached $57,733!
For more information about making a donation to the Visual Arts Scholarship Endowment, please contact the Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation at 605-725-7118 or Gretchen.Sharp@k12.sd.us.