Sarah Graham Kenan Scholarship of Excellence

Sarah Graham Kenan Scholarship is to be awarded to a rising college senior who is a degree-seeking candidate with the following attributes:

  • Outstanding characteristics in talent and artistic achievement.
  • Excellence in academic performance (a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 or better and a cumulative 3.0 or better in academics)
  • Exceptional qualities in leadership and citizenship.

The scholarship will cover tuition, fees, room, and board, plus $3,200 stipend for related expenses.

Sarah Graham Kenan Excellence Scholar, 2021-22

Ishmael Gonzalez

Ishmael Gonzalez is a native of Hialeah, Fla., and studies acting in the School of Drama. A proud alum of the musical theater program at the New World School of the Arts, Ishmael was selected in his senior year as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and was also a YoungArts Finalist in Theater. This gave him the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., alongside 20 other brilliant artists showcasing their talents. Ishmael has performed across the country, from San Francisco, to Miami and New York.

Currently entering his final year of college at UNCSA for a B.F.A. in Drama, Gonzalez appeared in the livestreamed production of “Sweat” in March 2021 and in “Our Lady of 121st Street,” which was recorded during the spring semester and will be livestreamed in the fall of 2022. He is an ambassador for the School of Drama and was a liaison for the Latinx/Hispanic chapter of Artists of Color last year. This summer, he will teach in Acting Out, the community outreach program of the School of Drama.

Erin Edge, Kenan Excellence Scholars Liaison
Phone: 336-726-6940
Fax: 336-770-3367