Stokes Arts Council scholarships available


The Stokes County Arts Council recently announced two scholarships available to Stokes County residents. The council established the SCAC Art Scholarship to assist young individuals or individuals in pursuing their artistic goals in higher education.

The council’s 2016 Art Scholarship is awarded to Stokes County residents graduating from one of the county high schools who plan to major in an arts-related field. A student attending an institution of higher learning with the same career goals may also apply. An institution of higher learning approved by the Scholarship Review Committee must have already accepted the student.

The 2016 Art Scholarship will award up to $2,000. The amount of the scholarship is based upon the financial need of the applicant. The recipient may reapply every year while attending an institution of higher learning in an arts-related field. The scholarship will be paid directly to the institution only.

In 2016, the council established the Ben T. Vernon Jr. “Community Service Award” to assist a young individual or individuals in pursuing their goals in higher education. This scholarship is based on community service through volunteerism in support of the arts. The 2016 Community Service Scholarship will award up to $1,600. The scholarship will be paid directly to the institution only.

The winner or winners will be selected by a committee made up of the SCAC Board of Directors and from the community at large. No immediate relative may serve on the committee and a teacher/instructor must recuse themselves from a vote of a known applicant.

Applications are due at the Arts Council office by 5 p.m. on March 11. The committee will not consider late applications or incomplete applications that are not in the office by the close of business on March 11. Applications are available from the Stokes County Arts Council (P. O. Box 66), located at 500 N. Main Street, Danbury. Call 336-593-8159 for additional information. Applications are also available for students at the three high schools: North, South and West Stokes High Schools guidance departments.

Recognition of the 2016 SCAC Scholarship recipients will be made at the High School Art Exhibit and opening reception scheduled for April 8, 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Apple Gallery, Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury. The public is invited to attend this free event.

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