The Junior ROWITA Fellowship was created in 2011 by Joy D’Elia, the Cultural Council’s former Program Coordinator, to recognize and support graduating high school students.

Three $1,000 Junior ROWITA Fellowships are available in the Spring of each year, with awards for performing, literary, and visual artists. Candidates must submit the application with a letter of recommendation from their arts instructor and samples of their work. A grade point average of 3.0 or above is required, and the fellowship must be used for educational expenses – such as college tuition or an advanced summer institute or workshop – or to support the purchase of a musical instrument.

Applications are reviewed by a panel including past ROWITA recipients with awards announced during the month of March.

Junior ROWITA Fellowships are funded through the support of individual donors. To contribute to the Junior ROWITA program, please visit our donation page.

2024 ROWITA Junior applications are due February 15, 2024. Please fill out an online application at the link below. For any issues or questions, please contact [email protected].

2023 ROWITA Junior Fellowship Honoree

Hanna Glatz – Visual Arts

A senior at Creekside High School, Hanna has completed numerous Visual Arts and Advanced Placement courses. She earned several gold and silver keys at the 2022 and 2023 Scholastic Art Awards, received a National Silver Key for her work, and was selected as an American Visions Nominee to be adjudicated on a national level. Hanna is a member of the National Art Honor Society and Creekside’s Academy of Future Teachers. She attended a two-week sculpture program at the Cleveland Institute of Art where she worked with talented students and professors, and is interested in teaching art while exploring many mediums. She plans to pursue sculpture and has been accepted to Savannah College of Art and Design, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Madeline Pidcock – Performing Arts

From St. Augustine High School, Madeline studies theater and involves herself in many aspects like performing, writing, and tech. She landed her first role at Limelight Theatre, where she volunteers her time, and has dreams of film acting. In 2022 she was placed in AICE Drama, an advanced writing intensive that prepares students for the world of theatre at a higher level than most theatre classes. Madeline’s teachers and peers admire her creativity, work ethic, leadership, and willingness to challenge herself in new roles. She hopes to pursue a BA but is undecided on her institution of choice.