Dr. Yoram Kaufmann Scholarship Fund

Artists for World Peace established this fund in 2009 with the goal of spreading peace through artistic expression and education. The fund provides scholarships to students who are currently majoring in the arts and are in need of financial assistance. Named in memory of Dr. Yoram Kaufmann, a life long supporter of education, this scholarship will eventually support the education of children around the globe.

All scholarships are awarded through a combination of recommendation and a review of the artists work. Scholarships are awarded on an ongoing basis.

For more information about our scholarships contact Robert Nasta at:

Artists for World Peace was presented with the results of a study conducted by Professor Rob Rosenthal’s Wesleyan University sociology students. The researchers found a significant economic divide in resources for students who are pursuing education in the arts. Students with greater economic resources have advantages, including the ability to pay for private lessons and purchase supplies. Artists for World Peace decided to help level the playing field by providing scholarships for such items as lessons and materials.



Artists for World Peace is proud to announce the recipients of our scholarships for 2017!

Jamie Dudyak – Music, Middletown High School 

“Music has no prejudice. It’s like music is a universal connection between all people. It’s especially important in times like these that we have reminders of the things that bring us together, rather than set us apart. I want to be a liaison between people and music.”




Pushpa Palanchoke – Music, Kathmandu University, Nepal


“The reason that I chose to study music is to connect the society with music and love.”



Keshav Raj Acharya – Music, Kathmandu University, Nepal

“I want to make a career in the field of music as a Gazal singer and study ethnomusicology to preserve and document the music of different cultures. I want to use my music to promote peace and understanding as an Artist for World Peace.”




Congratulations Keshav!


“It is never too late to do anything you wanted to do.” I joined to study the subject of my choice, i.e., Music in Kathmandu University Department of music in 2012. Though studying is a never ending process, I completed the 4 Years Bachelor of Music Degree today, and this is inspiring me to devote all my life in Music so as to help people in need and to educate the poor. On this historical event of my life, I would like to thank Artists for World Peace (Dr. Robert Nasta, Wendy Black Nasta & AFWP team), as well as Dr. Rise Kaufmann from the bottom core of my heart for their highly valuable Dr. Yoram Kaufmann Scholarship. It would have been impossible to complete the degree without your continuous support towards my education. In each and every phase of my life, I will support AFWP–spreading peace and education through music. 

Sincerely yours, 


Past Recipients of Artists for World Peace Scholarships



Pushpa Palanchoke, Music, Kathmandu University, Nepal

Keshav Raj Acharya, Music, Kathmandu University, Nepal


Willow Wells, Fine Art, Middletown High School, Middletown, CT.

Keshav Raj Acharya, Music, Kathmandu University, Nepal



Gala Flagello, Music, The Hartt School of Music, West Hartford, Ct

Keshav Raj AcharyaMusic, Kathmandu University, Nepal

Lauren Grover – Henna Artist, Middlesex Community College, Middletown, Connecticut



Kamar Thomas, Fine Art, Emerging Artist, Middletown, Ct (Jamaica)

Keshav Raj Acharya, Music, Kathmandu University, Nepal

Eddy Valerio,  Fine Art, FIT, NYC, (Dominican Republic)


Middlesex Community College Students: 

Samyory Parrilla, Meriden, Connecticut

Michaela Anderson, Deep River, Connecticut



Ava Varszegi, Middletown High School, Middletown, Connecticut

Erin DeLeon, Middletown High School, Middletown, Connecticut

Megan Garrity, Mercy High School, Middletown, Connecticut

Kerry Kozaczuk, independent artist. Presented in cooperation with SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) of Connecticut

Andrew Moore, Xavier High School, Middletown, Connecticut (In memory of Michael Bellobuono)