The Andover Townsman
---- — Arun Padykula of Andover was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Arts Institute Group of Merrimack Valley at its May meeting.
Each year, the nonprofit arts group based in Methuen recognizes high school students in the Merrimack Valley who will be pursuing a degree in an art-related field.
This is the first year the group has awarded one large scholarship to a single student. Padykula will be pursuing a degree in architecture in the fall.
Scholarship funds are raised each year through two art shows in Methuen that are free and open to the public. For more information on the group, visit www.artsinstitutegroup.org.