New Fine Arts Scholarship For Nantucket Students Honors Memory Of Kathleen Duncombe

Nantucket Current •

The Community Foundation for Nantucket on Sunday announced a new scholarship for island graduates focused on fine arts that honors the memory of the late Kathleen Duncombe, who passed away last January. 

Kathleen Duncombe

The Shredder’s Studio Art Scholarship Fund was established at the Community Foundation through Duncombe's estate. Duncombe's involvement in the arts was extensive and lifelong as was her involvement in the lives of young people on the island. She was a board member of Nantucket Family & Children’s Services (now Fairwinds), a volunteer at the Teen Center, a substitute teacher, volunteer art teacher for youth and seniors, and owned and was an exhibiting artist at the Made on Nantucket art gallery. 

Kathleen loved and had many cats. Shredder was one of her favorites. She started Shredder Studio, where she taught classes for years. The scholarship is something that she wanted to do to help Nantucket students and graduates who want to pursue a degree in fine arts.

Applicants eligible for the scholarship will be any past or present Nantucket High School graduate who is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate in fine arts including, but not limited to, visual arts, painting (such as watercolors, oils, acrylics, and pastels), sculpture, ceramics, drawing, film, print, or jewelry making, photography, fabric arts, graphic design, architecture, and/or art therapy. 

This scholarship will be awarded to a student over the course of their higher education career who continue to be in good academic standing.

To find out more and apply please visit

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