High School Student Awards

Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award

From left: Amal Haddad – 2018 Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award recipient, Fran Abrams – Former AHCMC Grants Director, Suzan Jenkins – AHCMC CEO.
From left: Amal Haddad – 2018 Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award recipient, Fran Abrams – Former AHCMC Grants Director, Suzan Jenkins – AHCMC CEO.

Established in 2010, honors a high school junior who excels in creative writing, as well as Fran Abrams, who worked tirelessly throughout her career to support the arts and humanities in Montgomery County. The Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award is a competitive award open annually to all Montgomery County high school juniors. The awardee receives $3,000. A reception will take place at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery in the Silver Spring Civic Building and will feature a reading by the awardee.

This award benefits a high school junior graduating in the class of 2021 who is enrolled in a public or non-public high school in Montgomery County, and who intends to pursue the study of and/or a career in creative writing. The 2019-2020 Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award will be presented to one recipient following a juried selection process that is based upon the artistic merit of original work submitted and the applicant’s potential for a creative writing related career, not financial need.

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Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award

From left: Astrid Dong – 2018 Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award recipient, members of the Haimovicz family.
From left: Astrid Dong – 2018 Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award recipient, members of the Haimovicz family.

Arts patron Ida F. Haimovicz developed her artistic talent as a sculptor late in life, but as she grew older she wished that she had started much sooner. Because of this, she wanted to encourage young people to develop and pursue their talent in visual art while they are young. In her memory, her family created an endowment with the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) in 1998. AHCMC gratefully recognizes the family of Ida F. Haimovicz for their generous gift to endow this award. The awardee receives $3,000 and a solo exhibition at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery in the Silver Spring Civic Building.

This award benefits a high school junior graduating in the class of 2021, who is enrolled in a public or non-public high school in Montgomery County, and who intends to pursue the study of and/or career in the visual arts. The 2019-2020 Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award will be presented to one recipient following a juried selection process that is based upon the artistic merit of original work submitted and the applicant’s potential for a visual arts career, not financial need.

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