Susan and I created the Larry Mitchelson Fine Arts Award in 2004. Our Dad, Larry Mitchelson, taught elementary art in the Fulton Consolidated School District for 34 years. Affectionately known as “Mr. Mitch”, he earned the respect of his students and the Fulton community as a teacher and artist. To honor his commitment to our youth, Susan and I wanted to commemorate Dad’s retirement by helping aspiring artists pursue their dreams. The annual award is presented to a graduating G. Ray Bodley High School student that plans on pursuing higher education in the arts. Applicants must complete advanced high school credits in art courses and submit a portfolio to a selection committee. We are proud to have given over $10,000 to scholarship recipients. Each student was selected for a $1,000 gift based on their application and art portfolio. We look forward to providing our supporters with an update on each student’s progress in college and beyond.