(above, L-R) Logan Coartney, Katherine Croft, Matt Etchison, Gabriel Tomer
A total of $8,000 has been awarded to graduates of Mattoon High School from the Lebovtiz Lively Arts Scholarship Fund. Four scholarships of $2,000 were awarded to Logan Coartney, Katherine Croft, Matt Etchison, and Gabriel Tomer.
Logan Coartney is a 2018 graduate of Mattoon High School. He plans to attend Lake Land College to study art.
Katherine Croft is a 2018 graduate of Mattoon High School. She also plans to attend Lake Land College to study art.
Matt Etchison is a 2016 graduate of Mattoon High School. He is currently enrolled at Northern Illinois University, studying music education.
Gabriel Tomer is a 2017 graduate of Mattoon High School. He is currently enrolled at Eastern Illinois University and is studying music.
The scholarship was named in honor of Carl Lebovitz and James K. Lively, formerly of Mattoon. Lively worked as a freelance translator of many Slavic languages and was a patron of the arts during all of his adult life. He died in 1998. Lebovitz, also a language translator, was a founding member of the Mattoon Arts Council and a patron of the arts throughout his life. He participated in local theatrical productions over the years, and was the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier’s arts reviewer-at-large for 30 years. Lebovitz died in 2009. The Lebovitz Lively Arts Scholarship has reached its seventh year of awarding scholarships to applicants who are graduates of Mattoon High School and major in the visual or performing arts.