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Scholarship Recipients

Art and Art History

Churon Brown is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble ARTSGALA Scholarship. Churon is a fine arts major from Fairfield, Ohio. He graduated from Fairfield High School and its partner school, Butler Tech School of the Arts, focusing in visual arts.

Ellen Bukvic is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble ARTSGALA Scholarship. Ellen is on track to receive her BFA in visual art with a concentration in sculpture. Prior to transferring to WSU, she attended Arizona State University with a focus in printmaking, but then discovered sculpting with Stefan Chinov at WSU. Bukvic enjoys printmaking, painting, photography, and drawing. After discovering the art scene in downtown Dayton, she has shown at Sideshow, an annual 2-day arts festival, and juried shows with the Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors.

Aileen Cave is a recipient of the Morris Home Furnishings ARTSGALA Scholarship. Aileen’s  major is fine arts with a painting concentration.  Aileen is Recording Secretary for the Western Ohio Watercolor Society and an active member in the Fairborn Art Association and the Ohio Plein Air Society.  She is also a member of the Ohio Art League and administrator for the Art and Artists of 937, which is an information Facebook resource of art events in the 937 area-code region and a showcase for works created by its members. 

Dallas Garverick is a recipient of the Smoot Construction ARTSGALA Scholarship and a junior currently seeking her bachelor’s degree in fine art with a concentration in painting. She is from Huber Heights, Ohio, and graduated from Wayne High School. She spends her free time working on her paintings and drawings. Dallas plans to continue studying art and hopes to one day work at Disney as an animator.

Charmaine Griffith is a recipient of the Emerson Climate Technologies ARTSGALA Scholarship. Charmaine is an art major with an emphasis in sculpture and a women’s studies minor. She currently resides in Riverside, Ohio. Last year she founded the Fair Trade Student Association and continues to work towards a Fair Trade Certification for the University.  She is also involved in WSU's Rainbow Alliance student organization where she works to spread awareness and education about LGBTQA issues. Additionally, Griffith is the WSU Women’s Center Inaugural Student Artist in Residence where she is using art and activism to start a new conversation about sexual violence on WSU’s Campus.

Marisa Melchior is a recipient of the Morris Home Furnishings ARTSGALA Scholarship. Marisa is a fine arts major, with a concentration in painting. She has also taken classes at Sinclair Community College for an interior design certificate. She is on the Varsity Swim Team at Wright State University and is having a great time in her last season. Marisa is so grateful for the ARTSGALA scholarship and everything that it has helped her accomplish.

Rachel Niekamp is a recipient of the Dayton Daily News ARTSGALA Scholarship. Rachel is a senior Fine Arts student at Wright State University with a concentration in photography. She was raised on a farm outside the little town of New Weston, Ohio and attended St. Henry High School.  She was accepted in her first exhibition, the FotoFocus Regional Student Show, this past October.  She enjoys utilizing her skills and talents while giving back to the community and currently volunteers at Elizabeth’s New Life Center in Dayton as an assistant graphic designer.  Rachel is also the Liturgy Coordinator at St. John Bosco Chapel at Wright State.

Johanna Schmitz is a recipient of the Dayton Daily News ARTSGALA Scholarship. Johanna is a second year BFA student with a concentration in photography. She is from Beavercreek, Ohio, and attended Dominion Academy of Dayton. She is the Photo Editor of The Guardian newspaper at Wright State, and she is involved with a campus ministry called Chi Alpha. Johanna loves science and art and hopes to one day combine the two fields into a career. She enjoys music, venturing outdoors, traveling, and learning about new cultures.

Katherine Sommers is a recipient of the Vectren ARTSGALA Scholarship. Katherine was born in Montgomery, Alabama, but moved shortly afterwards to Bellbrook, Ohio, where she was raised. Her parents believed in private education, so she attended Dayton Christian High School where she pursued art in every way possible. In order to carry on her quest of knowledge and experience in the fine arts, she continued her studies by enrolling in Wright State’s Fine Arts program as a painting major. In the small time she finds in between painting-studio classes, Katherine enjoys reading novels and playing the occasional video game, ever feeding her creative spirit.

Rosa Tweed is a recipient of the WHIO-TV ARTSGALA Scholarship. Rosa is pursuing a double major in Biology and Studio Art. She is originally from West Milton, Ohio, and graduated from Milton-Union High School and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center. Since attending Wright State University, she has become involved in the Wright State University Karate Club and hopes to become more involved in the university’s Rainbow Alliance this year. Her hobbies include knitting, drawing, blogging, absorbing the latest scientific news on animals, and napping. Tweed is passionate about both wildlife and creating art and is eagerly exploring how to combine those two disciplines.

Galen Tipton is a recipient of the HORAN ARTSGALA Scholarship. Galen is a BFA major with a focus in photography.  He grew up in Wilmington, Ohio, and attended Wilmington High School.  Galen’s hobbies and interests include music recording and production, acoustics, cymatics, photography, running, reading, writing poetry, science, spirituality, meditation, yoga, and creating all the forms of art he can.

Alexandra Wood is a recipient of the Chally Group Worldwide ARTSGALA Scholarship. Alexandra is a senior at Wright State studying painting. She grew up on a farm in Clayton, Ohio and graduated from Northmont High School. Alexandra enjoys camping, painting, and reading. She draws her inspiration from the outdoors and her daily interactions with the people around her. She is currently working on an illustrated novel with Kathryn Jordan.


Josh Carpenter is a recipient of the Morris Home Furnishings ARTSGALA Scholarship. Josh resides in Dayton and is attending Wright State after having completed 4 years in the Marine Corps and obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in health studies. At WSU Josh is a music education major, currently performing in the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. He teaches private percussion lessons and works with Alter High School as the Percussion Director. In his spare time Josh enjoys mountain biking and rock climbing with his wife, and he is currently pursuing a patent for a percussion product of his own design. 

Joshua Cunningham is a recipient of the Emerson Climate Technologies ARTSGALA Scholarship. Joshua is a sophomore at Wright State University, pursuing a degree in computer science with a concentration in music. He is a computer programmer who is fluent in the Java programing language and the Vice President of the Freshman Connect Club. Cunningham is currently studying the bassoon with Mr. Bill Jobert. A member of the Wright State Wind Symphony and the WSU Bassoon Quartet, Cunningham was one of three hundred students who marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade with the Bands of America Honor Band in 2013.

Jesse Duncan is a recipient of the Morris Home Furnishings ARTSGALA Scholarship. Jesse is a percussion performance major at Wright State University.  He attended Milton-Union High School and Newton High School. Jesse likes to compose and perform music, and he wants to pursue a career in audio production.

Caitlin Everhart is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble ARTSGALA Scholarship. Caitlin is a senior music education major from Springfield, Ohio. She is a graduate of Shawnee High School.  Everhart is a member of the Wright State Trumpet Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Wind Symphony Leadership Council. Her hobbies include reading and watching professional cycling.

Patrick Fansler is a recipieint of the Dr. Pam and Malte vonMatthiessen ARTSGALA Scholarship. Patrick is a recent graduate of Beavercreek High School and a current Music Performance major at Wright State University in the School of Music. While in high school he held the position of Principal Clarinet in the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. This past summer Patrick performed with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and World Youth Wind Symphony at the prestigious Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. During his free time he enjoys attending orchestra concerts, reading, and spending time with his family.

Zach Greenwalt is a recipient of the Dayton Daily News ARTSGALA Scholarship. Zach is currently a Music Education major from Englewood, Ohio. His primary instrument is saxophone. Zach attended Northmont High School in Clayton. He performs with five ensembles at WSU, including Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Saxophone Ensemble, and Saxophone Quartet I. When he’s not performing and not spending hours in a practice room, Zach enjoys spending time with his family and his beautiful girlfriend, Rachel, and collecting vinyl records and board games. His favorite composers are Grainger and Bach.

Joshua Hakala is a recipient of the Gloria and Don Graber ARTSGALA Scholarship. Joshua is a vocal music education major at WSU. He previously lived in Mount Orab, Ohio, and attended Western Brown High School. Joshua is a member of the Men’s Chorale, Collegiate Chorale and the Chamber Singers. His hobbies include song writing, playing guitar and drums, and trying to come up with bad jokes. One unique thing about him is his sense of humor.

Suzanne Herman is a recipient of the Gloria and Don Graber ARTSGALA Scholarship. Suzanne is a vocal music education major at Wright State University.   She is from Dayton, Ohio, where she attended Dayton Christian High School. During her high school career Suzie participated in band, choir, musical theater, and drama, earning a role in the Dayton Opera’s production of Tosca. Currently she sings in both University Chorus and Collegiate Chorale, along with leading worship at Campus Crusade for Christ meetings. When Suzanne is not singing, she can be found playing the piano, reading, swimming, or spending time with her family and friends. One unique fact about Suzanne is that she lifeguards at the Student Union pool at Wright State University.

Jonathan Jacky is a recipient of the HORAN ARTSGALA Scholarship. Jonathan is a sophomore Music Education major this year at Wright State University, studying trumpet as his main instrument.  He was born in Richland, Washington, in August of 1994 and grew up in Hillsboro, Ohio, as his family moved there when he was two years old.  Jonathan attended Hillsboro High School and graduated with an honors diploma.  He is a very active member of the Wright State community, participating in the Wright State University Wind Symphony, University Symphony Orchestra, the Wright State University Jazz Ensemble, and he is currently serving as the music director of Wright State’s chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity.  Jonathan’s hobbies include long distance running, music production, and playing the guitar.

Don Kulasekera is a recipient of the Zoe Dell Nutter ARTSGALA Scholarship. Don is majoring in biomedical engineering pre-med and minoring in music. He is from Springfield, Ohio and attended Kenton Ridge High School. His hobbies include cooking, baking, playing music, and playing tennis. He was valedictorian of his high school and self-published a cookbook in ninth grade.

Alex Lindon is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble ARTSGALA Scholarship. Alex is a senior music education major from Middletown, Ohio. He attended Middletown High School where he gained his interest in all things music. He stays busy this term student teaching at Bethel Local Schools. Lindon is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity. He has performed in the National Cathedral and World Choir Games with the Collegiate Chorale, at Carnegie Hall with the Wind Symphony, and in Athens, Greece, with the Wright State Trumpet Studio.  His hobbies are playing volleyball and soccer, collecting comics, and learning something new every day.

Sidney Mikhail is a recipient of the WHIO-TV ARTSGALA Scholarhsip. Sidney is a Music Education major with euphonium as her primary instrument. She is from Bellbrook, Ohio, and attended Bellbrook High School.  Her hobbies include reading, playing the guitar, and collecting different kinds of rubber ducks.

Stephen Monath is a recipitent of the Heidelberg Distributing Company ARTSGALA Scholarship. He is from Cleveland Ohio and a double major in Music Education and Percussion Performance.  He is an active member of the busiest musical ensemble on campus, the Wright State Percussion ensemble, performing over 40 events annually.  Stephen works for Tipp City Schools where he is the Artistic Director for the Marching Band and serves as the Percussion Director.  Previously he served as the Assistant Band Director for Tecumseh High School and Percussion Director for Clinton-Massie High School Indoor Percussion.  Stephen is also the Student Social Media Manager for the WSU Percussion Studio and serves as a member of the CoLA Dean’s Student Advisory Board.  Since moving to Dayton, Stephen has enjoyed his time practicing, performing, teaching, and making memories with his friends.  Stephen is looking forward to what else Wright State has in store for him.

Taylor Mullins is a recipient of the PNC ARTSGALA Scholarship. She attended Fairborn High School in her home town of Fairborn, Ohio. She graduated in 2013 and is now studying Instrumental Music Education at Wright State University. In her time at Wright State, Mullins has participated in various musical groups, such as Symphonic Band and the University Chorus. In her free time Mullins enjoys playing her flute and reading a good book. She also works at Buybacks Entertainment when she is not in school. Mullins aspires to one day be a high school band director and inspire young musicians, just as her band directors did for her.

Anna Sollenberger is a recipient of the HORAN ARTSGALA Scholarship. Anna is a Music Education major. She grew up in Englewood, Ohio. Anna graduated from Northmont High School. She spends most of her time working with her former high school marching band. Her interests include practicing, teaching, and baking. Her hobbies include working, performing, and participating in The X Academy's new group, The Winter Winds.

Terry Staten is a recipient of the Chally Group Worldwide ARTSGALA Scholarship. Terry is a senior studying Music Education with saxophone as his major instrument. He is from Greenfield, Ohio, where he attended McClain High School. Staten currently performs in many ensembles at Wright State, including the Chamber Orchestra, Saxophone Quartet, and Wind Symphony where he is principle saxophone. While staying busy with school, Staten is also the president of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, a music fraternity that he helped start at WSU. Outside of school he plays baritone sax in a local funk band, Gem City, which has played at both International Jazz Festivals and local venues.

Shawn Vislosky is a recipient of the Chally Group Worldwide ARTSGALA Scholarship. Shawn is a tuba player and a Music Education major.  His hobbies include listening to music and watching movies.  Shawn is currently a leader in the Tuba/Euphonium group on campus.

Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures

Paige Dobkins is a recipient of the Dr. Pam and Malte vonMatthiessen ARTSGALA Scholarship. Paige is a senior musical theatre major from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she went to school at Colerain High School.  She is heavily involved in WSU’s musical theatre program and has been seen in shows such as Les Miserables, Wild Party, The Great Dayton Flood, Spring Awakening, Hairspray, and many more.  She recently performed in Hot Mikado as Pitti-Sing.  After graduating from WSU, Paige hopes to move to the BIG New York City and make Wright State University proud!

Law Dunford is a recipient of the Morris Home Furnishings ARTSGALA Scholarship. Law is a senior acting major at WSU and an alumnus of Dominion Academy of Dayton. He is a devoted husband and a dad and President of the Ethnic Theatre Alliance. Dunford has been seen in several Wright State University productions, such as August Wilson’s Fences and Les Miserables as Javert. He is interested in musical theatre and film and aspires to work in NYC. Dunford has a passion to develop a fine-arts studio targeting inner-city young men.

Casey Beth Hovey is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble ARTSGALA Scholarship. Casey is a junior in the motion pictures production program. She was raised by artist parents in New Knoxville, Ohio, and attended New Knoxville Local High School where she graduated with honors and was valedictorian of her class. Hovey enjoys film and digital photography and learning new in-camera techniques to make interesting visual effects. She also enjoys writing, cooking, and (of course) watching movies.

Sammy Jelinek is a recipient of the HORAN ARTSGALA Scholarship. Just over three years ago Sammy came to Dayton from Mantua, a small town in northeast Ohio. She is a Lighting Design major in the Theatre Design and Technology program and plans to graduate this spring. There is nothing Jelinek enjoys more than her work in theatre, and she is so excited for the adventures that are in store for her after graduation.

Aubrey Keith is a recipient of the Gloria and Don Graber ARTSGALA Scholarship. Aubrey is currently a senior studying motion pictures production. She is from Dayton and attended Centerville High School. Last summer her junior thesis script was one of the scripts chosen from among her classmates’ thesis scripts to be made into a short film. Shot in June 2014, the short is now in post-production.  For the past two years Aubrey has been vice president of Kinofemme, the women’s filmmaker collective on campus. This group allows women to work in key positions that are sometimes not an option on other film sets. Currently Aubrey is finishing her senior year of college while simultaneously teaching video production classes at Stivers School for the Arts.

Bradley Krauskopf is a recipient of the Wright-Patt Credit Union ARTSGALA Scholarship. He is studying Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Stage Management at Wright State University. Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, he attended Wayne High School in Huber Heights. He is heavily involved in the theatre program at Wright State and is always keeping busy with a show. Although he prefers stage management, Brad is also involved in lighting, sound, carpentry and acting at Wright State, and he is eternally grateful for the opportunities that are available.

Rachel Lann is a recipient of the Dayton Daily News ARTSGALA Scholarship. Rachel graduated from Crestwood High school in Mantua, Ohio. She is a part of the Theater Design/Technology program at Wright State University.  She is grateful to be able to study something she loves.  In her free time, she likes to geocache, sing, and spend time with her family and friends. She is also learning the family trade of woodcarving and hopes to help keep the dying art alive.

Kate Mueller is a recipient of the WHIO-TV ARTSGALA Scholarship. Kate grew up near the Dayton area in Bellbrook and attended Alter High School. The decision to stay in the area was not an easy one, as most college students want to get away from home, but Wright State (and its incredible acting program) won her over. Being a musical theatre major doesn’t leave much time, as most of her hours are spent in class or rehearsals, but when she does get time off she likes to hike trails, cook, or watch movies. She also adores ice cream, tea, and all things antique.

Zac Pruett is a recipient of the WHIO-TV ARTSGALA Scholarship. Zac is a sophomore Acting major within the WSU BFA Theatre Department. Zac was born and raised in Middletown, Ohio and graduated from Middletown High School in 2011 with honors, being within the top 5% of his class with an above 4.0 GPA. After studying abnormal psychology with an emphasis on criminal pathology at Miami University, Zac decided to pursue his first love of becoming an actor.  Zac is very active in the WSU martial arts program and also acting in student directed productions at the WSU D-Lab. He also enjoys watching movies, running, and his pet shih-tzu Cappuccino.

Tyrell Reggins is a recipient of the Gloria and Don Graber ARTSGALA Scholarship. Tyrell  is from Columbus, Ohio, and a graduate from Columbus East High School. While at Columbus East, he participated in the marching band as a section leader, Ensemble, and Drama Club. At Wright State University as a senior theater studies major, Reggins serves as secretary of the Ethnic Theater Alliance and the co-director of In His Presence Gospel Choir, as well as being in various shows here. Two unique things about Tyrell Reggins are that he played clarinet for 8 years and that he has a heart and passion for youth in the arts.

Meredith Zahn is a recipient of the Vectren ARTSGALA Scholarship. Meredith is a Sophomore Musical Theatre major at Wright State University on an ARTSGALA Scholarship.  She has performed in WSU’s production of Les Miserables and was recently in the musical production of Hot Mikado.  Meredith is from Pickerington, Ohio, and was homeschooled for the majority of her K-12 career.  Her regional theatre credits include Amber in Hairspray and Luciana in Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors.  Meredith is on the Dean’s List and volunteers at numerous WSU Theatre Department events throughout the year.  She thanks God and her mother for their endless support and love!


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