The Frances C Dingman Scholarship for the Creative Arts is established to honor our mother, Frances Coutu Dingman. Fran is a former librarian and practitioner of the visual arts. She is a respected and award-winning water colorist. Even though, at 90 years old, Fran is no longer an active artist she still graces friends and family with hand painted holiday and birthday cards. Each of these is a treasured gift.
For this scholarship we have settled on a broad definition of the creative arts to include, but not be limited to, the following: visual arts (watercolor, photography, sculpting, etc), performing arts (dance, music, theater), creative writing (prose, poetry, fiction, play or screenwriting). If you are unsure if your interest qualifies please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please look through the application carefully and take the time to answer questions thoughtfully. Remember that we are looking for someone who is passionate about the creative process. The Frances C Dingman Scholarship for the Creative Arts is an academically based scholarship however, you do not have to be an honor student to apply. We are looking for promise, not perfection!
We are looking for students who have exhibited a passion for and a commitment to expressing themselves through the creative arts. We want students who have demonstrated growth in their chosen area of art and who show an appreciation for other forms of creative expression.
Qualities on Our Radar
Letters of Recommendation
Summary: For high school seniors and college freshmen who participate in activities
Summary: For students actively working for peace and justice. Eligibility: Must dem
Summary: To encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and
Our 2017 scholarship winner was Laura Alejandra Espinoza Carranza, a graduate of Righetti High School in Orcutt, CA. Laura is continuing her studies at UC Berkeley and has shared her plans with us: My plans for the future is to be a medical scientist. So, the major that I am planning to study is genetics, genomics and development. I will study at UC Berkeley and I will start this summer (2017). I want to be a medical scientist because I want to give hope to the people that were told that only have few months or years of life. I want to help end terminal diseases, like cancer, by doing research.
We were pleased to award the 2016 scholarship to Kevin Cruden a graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Orcutt, CA. Kevin is a scholar, athlete and active member of his community. He is now attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and shared with us some thoughts about his future: "Spending summers observing and assisting physicians has allowed me to better understand the rising health problems among people in my neighborhoods, especially type-two diabetes among children and how seeking medical attention for Hispanic males is often culturally viewed as a sign of weakness. With a love of the outdoors and a passion to see that all people are able to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, I will pursue environmental science and public health, as well as be a vocal activist to promote opportunities for young people and low-income individuals to access these services."
The 2015 winner of the Daniel B Dingman Scholarship for Peace and Justice was Marisol Zepeda. Marisol is a resident of Los Alamos, CA and graduate of Righetti High School in Orcutt, CA. Marisol was selected on the basis of her strong academic skills and her commitment to serving her community. She will be attending California Polytechnic University (Cal-Poly) San Luis Obispo, CA, majoring in the biological sciences.
The Los Alamos Foundation is a private, tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, . committed to serving the community of Los Alamos through our scholarship and summer programs. Every dollar donated goes directly to our programs. Your donation can make a big difference!