Jaime Bennati of Westerville received a $5,000 grant from the Individual Excellence Awards program.

Jaime Bennati of Westerville received a $5,000 grant from the Individual Excellence Awards program.

The program awards grants to Ohio artists for the exceptional merit of a body of work in a particular discipline.

Bennati, a graduate of Westerville North High School and the Fort Hayes Career Center's commercial art program's class of 2004, is a substitute teacher in Westerville. She also is an alternate candidate for the 2013-2014 Fulbright program and a recipient of the Vermont Studio Center fellowship program.