NHIA the Beneficiary of $1.4M Bequest to Establish Scholarship Fund for NHIA students
Manchester, NH (August 2, 2018) – The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA), a private, non-profit college of creative arts located at the heart of downtown Manchester, New Hampshire announced today that its students will be the beneficiaries of a $1.4 million bequest to fund student scholarships beginning in 2019.
Stephen Lis, a native and lifelong resident of Manchester, left the bequest upon his death in 2016 with the expressed intent of establishing an endowment that could provide assistance to New Hampshire residents pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree at the college.
NHIA estimates that this gift will assist between eight and ten students annually with scholarships that will reduce their costs to attend the college. To be eligible for a Lis scholarship, students must be New Hampshire residents pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree at NHIA, and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Mr. Lis was known to have a special interest in supporting emerging artists as well as master furniture craftsmen. He was also an avid collector of clocks and all forms of art who frequently attended exhibition openings at NHIA.
“We’re absolutely amazed at the generosity of Mr. Lis and his passion for supporting emerging artists,” said NHIA president Kent Devereaux. “We are honored that Mr. Lis selected NHIA as the beneficiary of his trust and we will do everything we can to ensure that his generosity pays dividends by enabling hundreds of young artists to further their education at NHIA in the years to come.”
The New Hampshire Institute of Art, a non-profit, independent college offering Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in the arts, design, and writing, celebrates its 120th anniversary this year. Located in Manchester, New Hampshire the college enrolls students from 30 states and four foreign countries.