Call for 2019 ROWITA and Jr. ROWITA Fellowship applications


The Cultural Council is currently seeking nominations for the Dr. Gail Pflaster ROWITA Awards (recognizing outstanding women in the arts) and the Jr. ROWITA Fellowships.

The St. Johns Cultural Council has awards of recognition for women who played a leading role in creating or nurturing the arts community, and women who graduated high school and intend to further their education in the arts.

Lifetime achievement and the candidate’s impact in St. Johns County are the main criteria for the selection of the Dr. Gail Pflaster ROWITA award. Artists of all disciplines, including literary, visual, and performance are eligible, as are women who have demonstrated exemplary support of the arts. Community members are encouraged to submit their nominations for this award before the Dec. 1 deadline.

The Jr. ROWITA Fellowships are available to graduating St. Johns County high school women (public, private or homeschooled) who are entering arts-based programs of higher education to advance their creative development. Fellowship awards are a monetary award of $500. Applicants must have either applied or been accepted into in a BFA program, a summer institute/intensive or an arts workshop in order to be considered. The application deadline for the Jr. ROWITA Fellowships is the last day of February. 

The ROWITA Recognition Ceremony will take place during Women’s History Month on March 31, 2019 at the Limelight Theatre at 3 p.m. 

A “Take a Dunking for the Arts” on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 6  to 9 p.m., the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Night Market. Arts lovers can take aim at their favorite local arts celebrities in support of the Jr. ROWITA Fellowship scholarships.

  Applications for both awards are available at Nominations should be e-mailed to as attachments in pdf, word, and jpg formats. If help is needed with online submissions, call the St. Johns Cultural Council at (904) 808-7330. The Cultural Council encourages submitting all applications by email, but those who are unable to submit digitally should mail or bring their nomination to the St. Johns Cultural Council, located at 15 Old Mission Ave. in St. Augustine.


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