Shelton art school thanks community for post-fire support with scholarships

A view inside the Bob Boroski School of Art's new facility in Shelton's White Hills shopping center.
A view inside the Bob Boroski School of Art's new facility in Shelton’s White Hills shopping center.

The Bob Boroski School of Art is offering two scholarships to thank the community for its support after the Jan 6 downtown fire, which destroyed the school’s studio on Bridge Street.

The school, which opened in 1994, has since reopened in a new facility in the White Hills shopping center on Leavenworth Road (Route 110).

"I could have never imagined the overwhelming response I received from people wanting to help me,” Boroski said.

“Friends, parents, students, former students and many people I've never met wanted to help to get me back on my feet. It was unreal," he said.

‘Giving back’ to say thanks

Five weeks after the blaze, which destroyed much of a historic city block along Howe Avenue, the Bob Boroski School of Art reopened at 194 Leavenworth Road.

"This would have been impossible without their help,” said Boroski, a 1972 Shelton High School graduate.

He said the best way he could thank the community for its assistance is “by giving back” and offering art scholarships.

Submit essay to be eligible

Two scholarships will be offered to attend the privately-owned art school free for a year, from May 2014 to May 2015. An essay contest will be used to determine the winners, with an entry deadline of April 30.

One scholarship will be for youngsters in kindergarten to grade eight, and the other for those in grades nine to 12. The scholarships are open to Fairfield and New Haven county residents.

How to enter

The parents or guardian of students in kindergarten to grade five should write and submit an essay on why the youngster would like to attend the art school.

Students in grades six to 12 should write and submit a hand-written essay explaining why they would be the best choice to attend the art school free for a year.

Essays must be at least 150 words and no more than 250 words long.

According to the art school, all information related to the essays will be strictly confidential and will not be published or copied in any form. All discussions are final and winners cannot redeem scholarships for cash.

For more information

Read a recent Shelton Herald story about the impact of the fire on the art school by clicking below:

Learn more about the Bob Boroski School of Art at or 203-924-6733. The school’s email address is:

The school’s mailing address is:

Bob Boroski School of Art

194 Leavenworth Road

Shelton, CT 06484