Natalie Craig – 2020 Recipient

I grew up in Leavenworth and spend my free time playing golf, watching Disney movies and baking. My favorite medium is acrylic paint, and I love big projects like painting tables. I will be attending Oregon State University in Corvallis this fall, and will be majoring in Innovation and Design Management, and minoring in Interior design. I am excited be taking classes like Graphic Design, Color Innovation, and Design Management, and will later have the opportunity for an Interior Design internship.


The Village Art in The Park scholarship will give me an amazing opportunity to pursue my passion of art and design. Because I am attending and out-of-state college, one who doesn’t offer the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program, this scholarship will provide me with a sense of financial stability that I am so grateful for. I am beyond thankful for Village Art in The Park and to live in such a supportive community.

Kendra Emry – 2020 Recipient

My name is Kendra Emry and I am a student at Cascade. After exploring all kinds of mediums I personally enjoy Watercolor and Ink. After graduation I am going to attend DigiPen where I will be learning animation and digital arts. I am really excited to learn the digital side of art once I reach college.


Andrea Sorensen – 2018 Recipient

Andrea is involved in the Whitworth Choir and she held a leadership position this year, being on the logistics and properties team. This consisted of setting and taking down the equipment needed for daily rehearsals. She is also involved in Jubilation Dance Ministries as the Chaplain and Sacred Dance Teacher. Jubilation Dance Ministries is a club on the Whitworth campus that provides free, faith-friendly dance classes of all styles. Andrea also writes a devotion every week that is read out loud at the beginning of class.


Something that makes this scholarship really special and impactful is the fact that it is sent directly to me. Other scholarships, in an effort to avoid students spending it on irresponsible things, send the money to the school. This makes a lot of sense, but it isn’t helpful when it comes to buying books, or groceries, or gas. This scholarship has been the one that has given me the opportunity to pay for my books, but also enjoy fun outings like going bowling for a friend’s birthday. If it was not for this scholarship I would stress out about buying books a lot more, and not have the freedom to have experiences that are just as important as school. This scholarship is such a blessing to me, the students before me, and the students who receive it after me.

Gracie Camp – 2017 Recipient

Gracie Camp is a plant enthusiast, lover of music, and amateur bread baker who grew up in Leavenworth. Currently, she is an English Language and Literature major and a Music minor at Central Washington University where she also works as a peer writing tutor. In her free time, Gracie enjoys cuddling with her dog, reading historical fantasy novels, playing Dungeons and Dragons and forcing everyone she knows to watch The Lord of the Rings (extended editions, of course).


The Village Art in the Park scholarship has helped me so much in my college career. Having the financial stability it grants has allowed me to explore the college experience fully. I’ve taken fascinating classes, made amazing friends and most importantly, I have been able to find my passions and pursue them in ways I never imagined. Village Art in the Park has been such a wonderful support in my life, and I am so grateful for everything they have done for me and so many other people in the community.