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Summer Arts Scholarships Announced by Talbot County Arts Council

Written on:January 18, 2017
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Talbot County Arts Council
January 18, 2017

The Talbot County Arts Council has announced its annual program of summer arts scholarships for Talbot County residents now enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades. The program provides grants for advanced art studies during Summer 2017 to students with outstanding artistic promise.

There is no specific dollar limit to individual grant requests, but the amount asked of the Arts Council must be matched dollar-for-dollar by funds from other sources. For example, if a program costs $1,000, no more than $500 may be requested from the Arts Council. A total of $2,500 is available for summer arts scholarships this year, provided by grants from Talbot County and the Towns of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels.

Programs that qualify in the visual, performing, or literary arts include summer art camps, music camps, and writing workshops, as well as other group or private programs or lessons in art, music, and writing. Contact the Arts Council with questions on program eligibility.

Nominations for arts scholarships may be submitted by Talbot County arts organizations, civic clubs, principals, teachers, or parents. Students may also apply directly for scholarships. Nominations require a supporting letter from an arts educator who is knowledgeable of the candidate’s artistic history, ability, and potential, as well as an example of the student’s work in electronic or hard copy form.

Applications must be submitted to the Arts Council by April 30, 2017, and selection decisions will be announced by early June. Scholarships are talent-based, not need-based, so no family financial information is required— although a letter may be included from parent or guardian indicating any special considerations that could bear on scholarship selection.

Last year’s eight scholarship winners were Laurie Alltop of Easton, a sophomore at Easton HS to attend the Music for All Summer Symposium for Concert Band at Ball State University in Indiana; Haley Anderson of Easton, a junior at Easton HS, to attend the Musical Theatre Summer Intensive of the Clear Space Theatre in Rehoboth Beach; Camryn Carels of Easton, a senior at Easton HS, to study interior design at the Pre-College Art Studio Week of the Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington; Katelynn Cherry of Trappe, a sophomore at St. Michaels HS, to attend the Summer Vocal Academy at the Annapolis campus of the Peabody Conservatory; Alexis Hembree of Cordova, a senior at Easton HS, to attend the High School Music Academy of the University of Maryland at College Park; Summer Snead of Easton, a senior at Easton HS, to study musical theatre at the Summer Intensive of Berklee College of Music in Boston; Emily Wittman of Easton, a junior at Easton HS, to study at the Vocal Studio of Kevin Thomas in Easton; and Hannah Zerai of Easton, a home schooled senior, to study musical performance and voice at the Assisi Performing Arts Musical Festival in Italy.

For further information on the scholarship program, including application materials, contact Gerry Early, executive director, Talbot County Arts Council, P.O. Box 6, Easton, MD 21601 (office phone 410-310-9812/e-mail gearly@talbotarts.org).

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