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].

2024 ROWITA Junior Fellowship Honorees

Kyra Ellis – Visual Arts

Kyra is a visual artist at Nease High School and creates both 2D and 3D works, one of which is included in the current St. Augustine Art Association St. Johns All-County High School Art Show. Though she wants to make a name for herself as an artist, she feels her true calling is to be an art teacher and help children learn that art is an extension of themselves.

She plans to attend Western Carolina University to further her knowledge and experience with creating and teaching art.

Gracia Romaine – Performing Arts

Gracia has been involved with theater since an early age, but only recently decided she wanted to pursue acting as a career. This year she wrote, directed, and choreographed a one-act play that received the highest score of eighteen schools competing at the Florida District 2 One Act Festival. She has performed on large and small stages in lead, supporting, and ensemble roles.

She plans to continue her theater studies at the University of Florida in the Fall.