Many previous recipients of the prestigious Ruth DeYoung Kohler (RDK) Scholarship for Artistic Excellence have gone on to great achievements in their craft. An award that seeks to support aspiring professional artists, the RDK Scholarship has been given to students pursuing artistic endeavors as diverse as: ballet, fashion design, creative writing (YA fiction), acting/theater, cinematography, painting, works on paper, instrumental and vocal performance, and even lutherie (the craft of stringed instrument construction and repair). Below are a few examples that are intended to inspire current students who may be considering applying for the RDK Scholarship, and to highlight just a few of the many accomplishments of our RDK recipients.
Ben (Griessmeyer) Berry - 2002, Sheboygan North High School
Founding artistic director of the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble in Provincetown, MA
Johanna Schilling - 2006, Homeschool
Full-time accompanist with the Milwaukee Ballet, associate lecturer in piano at UW-Milwaukee, founding member of the Riso Quartet.
Angela Fiorini - 2009, Kohler High School
Danced professionally at Dance Theatre of Tennessee. She and three of her fellow dancers founded the Nashville Dance Initiative.
Kathryn Henry - 2011, Sheboygan South High School
National finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in 2015.
Jacob Olmedo - 2013, IDEAS Academy
Fashion designer studying at Parsons The New School of Design in New York; artist-in-residence at Jake's Cafe. Launched a collaborative fashion show/art installation in the summer of 2015 called Operative Beauty Project.
Amy Zhang - 2014, Sheboygan Falls High School
Her first book of Young Adult Fiction, Falling Into Place, was published by HarperCollins in September 2014 (four months after she graduated high school). Her second book, This is Where the World Ends, is due out in 2016.
Paul Theodoroff - 2014, Sheboygan North High School
Cinematographer; Graduate of LA Film School; starting his own production company.