The Abilene Education Foundation handed out $7,500 in scholarship money to seven different Abilene ISD students in the 16th annual show for the AEF Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition for Advanced Placement art students.

Glorianna Nichols from Abilene High School received the $2,000 scholarship for Best in Show. Lilly Kate Alexander from Abilene High took home a $1,250 scholarship for First Place, $1,000 for second place, and $250 for honorable mention.

Aliyah Davis from Cooper High School won $750 for third place and $500 for the Merit Award, while Rigby Samuels from AHS won a $500 scholarship for the Merit Award. Audry Meffert from AHS and Elizabeth Ford from CHS each won $500 as the recipient of the Martha Kiel Scholarship Merit winners. Isa Garcia from CHS also won a $250 scholarship for honorable mention.

In collaboration with The Grace Museum and Abilene ISD, the goals of the exhibition (which ran from March 23-April 7) are to celebrate young master artists and their dedicated teachers for demonstrating excellence in artistic expression with a quality museum exhibition.

The Young Masters Exhibition extends the supporting role of the AEF with Abilene ISD. It will impact the future of the students selected for the show and all AP art students by inspiring them to reach their full potential.