Fund 4 Design and Art Education scholarships awarded to students

Fund 4 Design and Art Education scholarships awarded to students

Co-founders, Marlene Kohn (left) and Marilyn Traeger (right), present “big” checks to the winners of this year’s scholarships.

The Fund 4 Design and Art Education awarded $20,000 to 20 Miami Dade County graduating seniors at its Art Awards & Silent Auction on Sunday, May 15, at the Alper JCC in Kendall.

Graduating art students exhibited and sold their original artwork and spoke with supporters about their plans to attend art programs at such schools as: Miami-Dade College, Florida International University, Rhode Island School of Design, Cooper Union, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute.

The Coconut Grove Art Festival Fund donated $12,000 toward this year’s scholarships. The auction raised over $5,000 toward the 2017 Scholarship Awards Fund.

Three Miami students — Cornelius Tulloch, Nadia Wolff and Diana Eusebio — also have been awarded the title of Presidential Scholars in the Arts and will be honored in Washington, DC, on June 20. The award, presented on behalf of the President of the United States, is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Continuing its work, the Fund will offer ARTportunity, an all-day workshop for 11th and 12th grade students at FIU on Sept. 24. Teachers will assist students with their college application and essay writing process. This hands-on workshop is free for MDCPS students.

When retired art teachers Marlene Kohn and Marilyn Traeger decided to create the non-profit organization to help the next generation of artists to continue their art studies, they had no idea how much they would be “enriched and inspired by these, hard-working, talented, dedicated students,” according to Kohn.

“I have gained so much from the students; they continue to inspire me every day,” Kohn said.

If you are interested in joining The Fund 4 Design and Art Education or donating to the scholarship fund, call Marilyn Traeger at 786-338-8383 or visit the website at

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