Rachel Gambrill Scholarship Fund
Benefiting Arts Education for Local Children

The Delaware Contemporary launched the Campaign for the Rachel Gambrill Scholarship Fund in November 2012 and has raised over $63,000 thus far to provide economically challenged students with scholarships to The Delaware Contemporary art classes and summer camps. 

Led by Honorary Chairman Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn and Campaign Committee Chairwoman Berta Borgenicht Kerr, the campaign committee has set a goal of raising $100,000 by July 31, 2017, to create a permanent scholarship fund at The Delaware Contemporary.   

The campaign is named for Rachel Gambrill, a brave nine year old who loved the arts and was one of the first scholarship recipients. With support from her mother, The Delaware Contemporary is honoring Rachel with the creation of the Rachel Gambrill Scholarship Fund to benefit children like Rachel who could not otherwise afford to attend The Delaware Contemporary education programs. Rachel’s indomitable spirit will live on through the countless children and families in our community who will benefit from her remarkable legacy.

Since summer 2010, The Delaware Contemporary has provided 218 scholarships with the assistance of several private supporters and foundations. All students are offered high-quality, progressive, arts education opportunities that focus on building problem solving, and social and creative skills by professional teaching artists. Almost fifty percent of the 2014 camp participants were funded through full or partial scholarships whose families demonstrated financial need. The Delaware Contemporary scholarships do not just include tuition; families are provided with DART bus passes to provide reliable transport to and from the museum, and during summer camp children are offered free breakfast and lunch to ensure that they are best prepared for a day of art making. 

Tax-deductible donations to the Rachel Gambrill Scholarship Fund can be sent to The Delaware Contemporary, 200 South Madison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801-5110. Questions can be directed to John Shipman at 302-656-6466 ext. 7102.

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