The Aspire Higher Art Scholarship

This award exists to perpetuate the memory of Krista Weller Burns by honoring talented RI individuals who wish to pursue a life in the arts. Krista believed in the magic of art to create joy and make meaning of the human condition. She was passionate about music, film, theater and dance and was a budding actor, screenwriter and creative culinary goddess. She aspired to make a difference through her artistic talents having experienced the power of art to empower, heal, inspire, soothe, excite and bring people together in significant ways.

Passing so young, she left behind all she had hoped to accomplish as an artist. Sending her younger sister a note of encouragement during a challenging time, she wrote, “We are driven to succeed, not for fame or fortune…well… maybe a little:) … but for the sake of creating change… of sticking it out until our stories are told and we have nothing left to say.” 

Inspired by Krista’s compassionate spirit, her wonderful joy for life, her thirst for learning, and her zeal to set seemingly impossible goals, we established The Aspire Higher Art Scholarship.

It is a fitting tribute, as while she was busy pursuing her dreams in the arts, she willingly shared her talents to help and encourage others to do the same. “Reach for your dreams!” was her mantra. We can’t think of a better way to continue Krista’s story than by helping aspiring artists reach for their own dreams!

Scholarship Details & Qualifications

Applications are available upon request.
Up to five $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year to qualified applicants chosen at the discretion of the Selection Committee.

  1. Must be a RI High School graduating senior. (Homeschoolers are also eligible)
  2. Must be planning a career in the arts in one of the eligible concentrations. (See note below).
  3. Must be pursuing further college or workshop studies in the arts upon graduation from high school.
  4. Must submit a completed application by April 1st.

NOTE: Art Concentrations: Performing Arts/Dance/Theater/Music… Film/Video/Animation/Gaming… Creative Writing/Screenwriting… Fine Arts/Painting/Illustration/Sculpture… Design/Product/Fashion/Jewelry/Graphic/Interior… Photography… Horticulture/Landscape Design… The Culinary Arts…

RI SCHOOLS

CHS-Chariho High School

CHSW-Cranston High School West

EJCA-Exeter Job Corps Academy

EWG-Exeter/West Greenwich High School

JHS-Johnston High School

JMWALSH- JM Walsh School for The Arts

NARR-Narragansett High School

MET- The Met High School

MHBW-Mt Hope Bristol/Warren High

NKHS-North Kingstown High School

SKHS-South Kingstown High School

TAPA-Trinity Academy of Performing Arts

WVETS-Warwick Vets Memorial High

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