Hannah Ettinger

KING CITY — Two students from South Monterey County are among the 11 recipients who were awarded 2023 College Arts Scholarships from the Arts Council for Monterey County (Arts4MC).

The $2,500 scholarships are given to graduating high school seniors in Monterey County who are pursuing a higher learning degree in the arts.

Hannah Ettinger from King City High School and Rocelin Tinajero from Soledad High School each received the scholarship this year.

“This scholarship will be helpful toward not just paying my tuition fees and housing costs, but also giving me more opportunities to focus on my major, and so I am grateful to receive this arts college scholarship,” said Ettinger, who will be attending San Jose State University in the fall to major in music education.

Ettinger is also the recipient of Sol Treasures’ 2023 scholarship.

“Not only has Hannah been an integral part of our musical theater program, but she has also generously volunteered countless hours playing the cello alongside her family at numerous events,” said Jeff Hinderscheid, executive director of Sol Treasures in King City. “Her musical prowess and proficiency on the cello have astounded us all, making her one of the most talented young musicians we have ever had the privilege of working with at Sol Treasures.”

Ettinger’s parents are Steve and Aya Ettinger, who have been long-standing supporters of Sol Treasures and the arts in South Monterey County.

“We are very proud of her achievements and eagerly anticipate the bright future that lies ahead,” Hinderscheid said. “Together, let us continue to foster the arts and inspire young artists like Hannah to pursue their dreams.”

Hannah Ettinger (left) shakes hands with Sol Treasures Executive Director Jeff Hinderscheid after being named the local art center’s 2023 scholarship recipient. (Aya Ettinger)

Tinajero, a first-generation college student, plans to attend California State University Long Beach to study interior design.

“As a first-generation student, I have always had the goal of graduating from a four-year university,” said Tinajero, adding that the “financial portion of college is very stressful, and thankfully this scholarship will relieve some of that financial stress.”

“This scholarship will also allow me to get involved around my school while focusing on my studies,” she continued. “Thank you again for this opportunity. I look forward to showing off my accomplishments over the next few years.”

The other nine 2023 College Arts Scholarships recipients are: Bianca Castro from Salinas High School, Taylan Dincer from Carmel High School, Madeleine Gill from York School, Fernanda Hernandez Mena from North Salinas High School, Nadia Ivanova from Monterey High School, Cassandra Lopez-Warren from Seaside High School, Gerard Marnell from Carmel High School, Arturo Ordaz-Gutierrez from North Salinas High School and Leonardo Tovar from Rancho San Juan High School.

After graduation, these grants enable Monterey County youth to realize their aspirations and contribute to the local creative community and rich artistic history.

According to Jacquie Atchison, Arts4MC executive director, career options in creative professions are expanding and diversifying, ranging from design (graphic design, architecture) to digital arts (filmmaking, game design, photography), literature to performing arts, and visual arts (including crafts like pottery).

“The Arts Council is so proud to provide this funding to these students to fulfill their goal of a higher education degree in a creative field,” Atchison said. “We hope they return to Monterey County after completing their education to build their art business and support our local community.”

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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