EPAF Presents 2016-17 Scholarships

Scholarship Picture

After 10 years of continuous growth in providing a diverse program of the Arts to the lower Rio Grande Valley due largely to the loyal and generous support of our magnificent sponsors and members, The El Paseo Arts Foundation, Inc. decided by a unanimous positive vote of our Board of Directors to give back to our community. We also decided that the youth, the next generations of leaders and art lovers in our communities, should be the direct recipients of this action. Thus, in 2012, we began the “El Paseo Scholarship Program” to recognize local high school seniors who have chosen to continue their education in a field of study in any of the Arts Genre. In 2012 we awarded one $500 scholarship. In 2013 we awarded two, then three in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2013 we all lost a wonderful, talented, giving person so special to El Paseo and so many others in our local area—Guy Blatnik.  Our Board immediately moved to name our scholarship program “The Guy Blatnik Memorial Scholarship Program”. This year not only are we awarding two new scholarships, but we are also awarding one renewable award to a recipient from our 2016 program. So long as an awardee continues their successful studies in an arts genre, and verified by our documented process, we will renew the scholarship for up to two years. The ability of El Paseo to execute this wonderful program for the deserving youth of our communities is only possible through the goodness, big-heartedness, and generosity of all of the members of our communities who have played such an active role in this magnificent program. In April, for example, our friends and partners at Paragraphs Bookstore, hosted a superb concert by two of our fabulous local musicians, Nancy Cook and Brett Marshall, raising over $2000 for our Scholarship Program. The winners of this year’s awards are (from left to right): Abigail Cisneros and Dalton Swink. Marina Wise-Herring, (renewal, not pictured). Abigail hopes to pursue a music education career at West Texas A&M University. Dalton plans to begin a career in screenwriting and directing. Marina is currently completing her first year of study at Austin College and will continue arts course in 2018.


Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs


Saturday, June 24th     1–3 PM

“Star Reflexes: Stories that heal the soul”

Book discussion, reception and signing with author Blanca Dominguez

Star Reflections is a compendium of stories, poems and reflections written in simple language to reach the heart and generate a constructive change, as well as an invitation to reflect on those events in your life that have been significant, difficult – Perhaps traumatic – but have helped to build your character. Just let yourself be led by the title that attracts your attention and create your own story to find the moral in the poetry of your life.

Blanca received a B.A in Languages and Education from the Universidad de Valle in Colombia, then  moved to Mexico City and obtained a PMP Certificate from the Project Management Institute.  These qualifications allowed me to work as a Consultant for over 10 years developing Entrepreneurs, involved in multiple consulting projects in Mexico City and Latin America.  In 2007 she moved to Austin, and worked at Le Cordon Blue as Financial Advisor for Students, later transferring to DeVry University where she works as Academic and Financial Adviser.

The book is written in Spanish but the talk will be bilingual.

Meet the Award Winning Author

Patty York Raymond

Saturday July 1st 2017   1-3PM

The ABCs to Ranching is a cultural perspective on ranching in South Texas. It is a humorous account of a mischievous young boy determined to help his father with the chores.  With one mishap after another, the young boy develops an appreciation for nature and a strong connection to his father and their heritage—all centered on the alphabet. The ABCs to Ranching is accompanied by a music CD that is sure to get the children singing and dancing! 

It’s Too Windy! is about family and how establishing long lasting traditions leads to developing close family ties that last a lifetime. Hooray! Yeah! Yippee! Yahoo! Jessica and David can’t wait to swim in the grandparents’ pool. But how long will they have to wait?It’s Too Windy! was recently honored with the International Latino Book Award for 2016. 

Patty York Raymond is a native of Laredo. She earned her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Houston and her Administration and Supervision from Texas A&M    International University.  Patty has enjoyed working with children, families, and educators in a variety of roles including social worker, teacher and administrator. She and her family reside in McAllen, Texas where she is an independent education consultant as well as owner/director of Abrazo Case Management Services for Children and Pregnant Women.

These events are free and open to the public.

Paragraphs On Padre Boulevard, 5505 Padre Blvd.

South Padre Island, TX

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