$50,000 Scholarship Supports Educational and Artistic Development
is thrilled to announce Isabella Cho
as the recipient of the 2020 YoungArts Lin Arison Excellence in Writing Award
, a $50,000 scholarship given each year to a YoungArts winner in Writing.
Now in its third year, the award is an example of how donor support for YoungArts award winners is creating transformative opportunities for them throughout their careers. As part of the organization’s ongoing expansion to offer creative and professional development opportunities to alumni, Cho may apply the financial award against the cost of tuition, room and board to attend an accredited school of her choice.
“YoungArts affirms the collaborative power of community in developing creativity, self-awareness, empathy, and artistic vision,” said Cho. “To me, art remains the most impactful affirmation of people’s humanity, and its practice is more urgent than ever. I am incredibly grateful for this scholarship, and will use it to continue exploring and celebrating the expansive, redemptive power of the written word.”
Isabella Cho, a poet, essayist, and playwright from Wilmette, Illinois, “loves how poetry encourages unorthodox pathways to empathy and self-discovery.” A senior at North Shore Country Day School, Cho serves as Editor-in-Chief of her school newspaper and President of its Creative Writing Club. Outside of school, she serves as an Executive Editor for Polyphony Lit
and Editor-in-Chief of The Heritage Review
, a literary journal that she co-founded in 2017. Cho’s work has been recognized by Princeton University, the Sejong Cultural Society, the UK Poetry Society, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, among others.