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Scholarship Recipients

Art and Art History

Rhonda Duncalf is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble ARTSGALA Scholarship. Rhonda is a double major in Art Education and Spanish with a painting concentration. She has lived in Dayton most of her life. Her extracurricular activities include cooking, salsa dancing, belly dancing, and yoga.

Marisa Melchior is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble ARTSGALA Scholarship. Marisa is a junior Art major with a concentration in painting. She is also pursuing a certificate in Interior Design from Sinclair and is on Wright State’s Varsity Swim and Dive team as a distance freestyler.  Upon graduation her goal is to become an Interior Designer. Marisa is very thankful for this award and appreciative of how much it is helping her with her education.

Jaime Tate is a recipient of the Dayton Daily News ARTSGALA Scholarship. Jaime is a graduate of Centerville High School and is a junior Art major. Her focus is photography and she is also pursuing a minor in Art History and English. Her hobbies are working out, reading good books, being outside, and taking pictures. Jaime is excited about her semester-long internship next spring at Disney World and she hopes this will help her in her further endeavors. 

Doyle Thurman is a recipient of the Gloria and Don Graber ARTSGALA Scholarship. Doyle is a Fine Arts major with a focus in painting from Mechanicsburg. He likes drawing, painting, and reading. He also enjoys video games and computers. In fact, this past summer Doyle and a friend created a game that was released on smart phones this year! After graduation, Doyle plans on pursuing a Master’s Degree in painting.

Galen Tipton is a recipient of the Morris Home Furnishings ARTSGALA Scholarship. Galen is a Fine Arts major with a focus in Photography. His hobbies include drawing, painting, poetry, literature, photography, graphic art, and music. Galen enjoys reading all types of books and studying various subjects outside of art such as quantum physics and cymatics, the study of visible sound and vibration.

Rosa Tweed is a recipient of the WHIO-TV ARTSGALA Scholarship. Rosa attended Milton-Union High School and is a freshman majoring in Studio Art, with plans of concentrating in Illustration. Rosa enjoys absorbing the latest scientific news on animals of all kinds, and may ramble about them if given the chance, as animals and mythological creatures are the main inspiration for her art. In her spare time, Rosa enjoys playing piano, computer and video games and going to coffee shops. Her ultimate life goals are to live in a picturesque cottage house with lots of interesting pets, and someday travel Europe, especially Italy and Iceland. 

Shannon Williams is a recipient of the Morris Home Furnishings ARTSGALA Scholarship. Shannon graduated from Vandalia Butler High School and is a junior studying Art Education and Marketing. Her concentration is Photography.  In her spare time Shannon likes to be with friends and family, read copious amounts of books, and attend concerts. 

Micah Zavacky is a recipient of the ThinkTV ARTSGALA Scholarship. Micah will receive his B.F.A. in visual art with a concentration in printmaking this coming spring. He is the current president of Wright State’s Drawing Club, and he enjoys reading, hiking, and driving on Ohio back roads in his spare time. While visual art is Micah’s main passion, he took a creative writing class this semester and really enjoyed the process. He has explored poetry, creative non-fiction, and is currently working on a mixed genre piece. Micah is applying to graduate school this winter, and hopes to be starting at a M.F.A. program in the fall of 2014.


Cameron Ball is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble ARTSGALA Scholarship.  Cameron is a 2013 graduate of Xenia Christian High School. He is in his freshman year as a Music major and his instrument is the trumpet.  Cameron is pursuing a future to become a worship pastor in the church, and this scholarship has been a blessing in allowing him to pursue that dream.

Joshua Carpenter is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble ARTSGALA Scholarship. Joshua spent four years after high school on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as a percussionist with the First Marine Division Band in San Diego. After his military service, Josh moved back to Ohio and earned a B.S. in Health Studies and EMT certification from Miami University.  He is currently studying Music Education at Wright State. Outside of class, Josh rehearses with the Ohio Valley British Brass Band, works with the Alter High School Marching Band, and enjoys rock climbing with his wife.

Sharon Chaney is a recipient of the Dayton Daily News  ARTSGALA Scholarship. Sharon is a junior Piano Performance major.  She is a mother of four who lives in New Bremen with her husband Rob.  She enjoys giving private piano lessons and accompanying the local high school choir.  She is grateful for this scholarship that is helping her to achieve her dream of graduating from Wright State.

Caitlin Everhart is a recipient of the Zoe Dell Nutter ARTSGALA Scholarship. Caitlin is a junior Music Education major from Springfield and is a graduate of Shawnee High School. Her hobbies include reading and watching professional cycling. While at Wright State, she has been involved in the Trumpet Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Wind Symphony Leadership Council, Chamber Orchestra, Pep Band, and Pep Band Leadership Team. As a member of the Wind Symphony, she had the amazing opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York this past May!

Josh Hakala is a recipient of the WHIO-TV ARTSGALA Scholarship. Josh is a freshman majoring in Vocal Music Education. His hometown is Mount Orab and he attended Western Brown High School. He is currently a part of an active men’s Acapella group called the Triads. His hobbies include song writing, playing guitar, bass guitar, and drums. He also likes singing, song writing and mixing music.

Jonathan Jacky is a recipient of the Emerson Climate Technologies ARTSGALA Scholarship. Jonathan began marching trumpet with his high school marching band when he was just a seventh grader and continued all the way through his senior year of high school. While he marched in the band, Jonathan played soccer and baseball, all the while maintaining a 4.1 grade point average!  Jonathan is just beginning his journey at Wright State as a freshman Music Education major. Although he sings and plays piano, Jonathan is studying trumpet as his main instrument. Jonathan is very active at Wright State, participating in the Raider Pep Band, Symphonic Band, and intramural sports. He is a passionate musician and also an avid sports fan: he likes watching the Green Bay Packers and loves his Reds Baseball.

Jessica Knepp is a recipient of the Heidelberg Distributing Company ARTSGALA Scholarship. Jessica is a 2013 graduate of Watkins Memorial High School and is a freshman Music major at Wright State. She hopes to become an elementary school music teacher in the future.  Jessica is currently involved in multiple choirs at Wright State, such as Women's Chorale, University Chorus, and the Chamber Singers. Aside from music, Jessica's hobbies include reading and writing.

Doug Lane is a recipient of the ThinkTV ARTSGALA Scholarship. Doug is a senior Music Education major who graduated from West Carrollton High School in 2010. He has performed in many ensembles including Wright State’s Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Brass Choir, and Student Brass Quintet. This past January, Doug travelled to Greece for a trumpet conference with students from various universities around the United States.  Doug hopes to teach trumpet at the collegiate level one day and hopes to have more chances to travel and play trumpet around the world.

Alexander Lindon is a recipient of the Vectren ARTSGALA Scholarship. Alex is a Middletown High School graduate who is majoring in Music Education. His extracurricular activities include composing music and playing with the Pep band. His hobbies include soccer, volleyball, and reading. Alex has had the opportunity to participate in some amazing Wright State performances. He performed with the choir in the production of Bernstein’s Mass at the Schuster Center downtown, with the Collegiate Chorale in the National Cathedral, with the Wind Symphony in Carnegie Hall, and with the Wright State trumpet studio in Athens, Greece!

Ashley Miller is a recipient of the HORAN ARTSGALA Scholarship. Ashley is a junior Music Education major studying percussion.  She participates in various ensembles such as the Wright State Percussion Ensemble and Wind Symphony. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys watching baseball and being a front ensemble tech for the Bellbrook High School Marching Band.  Something interesting about Ashley is that this past summer she spent a week performing at a percussion festival in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Robert Morrow is a recipient of the Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation ARTSGALA Scholarship. Robert is a Music Education and Music Performance major for violin at Wright State University. He lives in Fairborn Ohio and graduated from Fairborn High School. Robert is a member of Wright State’s Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Men’s Chorale, and the Guitar Ensemble. Outside of the school Robert teaches violin at Absolute Music in Fairborn and has been signed on as the guitar instructor for Manuel Music Studios in Beavercreek. In his free time Robert likes taking hikes in Glen Helen in Yellow Springs and enjoys sculpting and reading.

Eric Pennington is a recipient of the Morris Home Furnishings ARTSGALA Scholarship. Eric is a freshman Music major.  His main instrument is the violin but he also enjoys playing the piano.  Eric admits college is a lot of work and it took him a little time to adjust but he is getting much more comfortable with his schedule, has met a lot of new people, and is very happy at Wright State.  Something unique about Eric is that he is pretty good at reciting quotes from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!

Kylene Griffith Terhune is a recipient of the Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation ARTSGALA Scholarship. Kylene is a senior Vocal Performance major and will graduate this December. Most recently, she graduated from the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts summer acting program, which included classes in stage combat, Shakespeare, voiceover and commercial acting. Last year she performed the role of Ms. Titmouse in the Wright State opera. In her free time, Kylene teaches voice and piano lessons and likes to go home and have dinner with her family.

Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures

Joshua Deane is a recipient of the HORAN ARTSGALA Scholarship. Joshua is a senior in the Motion Pictures Production program. He was homeschooled for most of his life and graduated from Milton-Union High school. Joshua has interned with National Geographic and has worked on numerous short films and documentaries. Joshua enjoys spending time with his two young sons and getting angry at the news. He also has an extensive knowledge of terrible B horror and science fiction films!

Mimi Klipstine-Dick is a recipient of the Morris Home Furnishings ARTSGALA Scholarship. Mimi is a Junior Musical Theatre major whose recent performances include Miss Adelaide in Weathervane Playhouse’s production of Guys and Dolls and Bertha Markowitz in Dayton History’s production of Old Case Files: Ohio vs. Layton Hines. She was also the Female Swing in The Phantom of the Opera and Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.

Kailyn Mack is a recipient of the Gloria and Don Graber ARTSGALA Scholarship. Kailyn is a sophomore Dance major who will perform in the Junior and Senior Dance Concert in the spring. Kailyn also participates in Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Dance Company. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and loves to eat, laugh, and talk.

Scotti Stoneburner is a recipient of the Chally Group Worldwide ARTSGALA Scholarship. Scotti is a sophomore Dance major who graduated with honors from Wayne High School. At Wright State she is the class representative for the sophomore dance majors and last year she was on the Dean’s List her first two semesters of college. This semester she has been involved with Wright State’s fall musical Oklahoma! where she is an ensemble dancer. When she is not dancing, which is rare, she enjoys watching movies with her family and reading books. Scotti’s other interests include traveling the world and spending time with her younger brother. Something unique about Scotti is that she was not born in the United States, but rather in Kusel, Germany, and actually traveled all around Europe as an infant with her parents while her father was in the Army.


Presenting Sponsors

  • Barnes & Noble at Wright State University
  • Morris Home Furnishings

Gold Level Sponsors

  • Dayton Daily News
  • Emerson Climate Technologies
  • Gloria and Don Graber

Silver Level Sponsors

  • Chally Group Worldwide
  • Heidelberg Distributing Company
  • Zoe Dell Nutter
  • PNC
  • Smoot Construction
  • Vectren
  • Dr. Pam and Malte von Matthiessen
  • Wright-Patt Credit Union

Bronze Level Sponsors

  • AM Management Inc.
  • Butt Construction Co., Inc.
  • Coolidge Wall Co., L.P.A.
  • Dayton Power and Light Company
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
  • Heapy Engineering
  • ING Financial Partners
  • Levin Porter Associates Inc. – Architects
  • LION
  • Oberer Thompson Company
  • Shumsky Promotional Agency
  • The Soin Family
  • WesBanco Bank, Inc.
  • WHIO News Talk Radio 95.7FM/AM1290
  • WSU College of Education and Human Services
  • WSU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • WSU College of Nursing and Health
  • WSU Raj Soin College of Business
  • WSU College of Science and Mathematics


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