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SCGSAH creative writing student gets prestigious honor

Aidan Forster was already having an amazing-beyond-belief senior year. [caption id="attachment_35108" align="alignright" width="200"] Aidan Forster[/caption] A National Merit Finalist, he received college acceptances from Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Penn, and Cal-Berkeley, among others. (He chose Brown University, and will enroll in the fall.) But then the U.S. Department of Education came calling and gave the creative writing senior from Taylors studying at the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) further plaudits to his credit by naming him a U.S Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of only 20 in the nation. Aidan was nominated by the National YoungArts Foundation and will represent our state as the only arts scholar selected from South Carolina. "Aidan is a rare combination of talent and fearlessness and intellect. With his writing, he is unafraid to push himself into unexplored areas, places that aren’t necessarily in his comfort zone. I’m not sure we’ve ever had a writer who worked as hard to get the most out of his talents ... I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes in the years ahead," Creative Writing Department Chair Scott Gould said. Aidan will be the 8th U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts from the Governor's School's Creative Writing Department. In addition, he:

  • was the inaugural recipient of the 2018 YoungArts Lin Arison Excellence in Writing Award, which provides a $50,000 scholarship,
  • is a 2018 YoungArts Finalist, one of 19 selected nationally for Creative Writing, and attended YoungArts Week in Miami in January,
  • received two Gold Medals, one silver medal, and a Silver Medal with Distinction for his writing portfolio in the 2018 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition,
  • was included in the 2017 Best New Poets annual anthology of 50 poems from emerging writerspublished by the University of Virginia,
  • and his poetry chapbook, Exit Pastoral, was selected to be published by YesYes Books as a winner in the Vinyl 45's Chapbook Contest. He is the youngest author to be chosen.

Two S.C. students receive Anthony Quinn Foundation scholarships

Two South Carolina ninth graders, Aidan Forster of Taylors (above, left), and Rachel Yi of Simpsonville (above, right), have been awarded scholarships from the Anthony Quinn Foundation to attend intensive summer arts programs. Forster will attend the Summer Academy Program for fiction and poetry at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. Yi, a violinist, will attend Heifetz International Music Institute. Forster and Yi are the first South Carolina students to receive AQF scholarships since the program began in 2011. Organized as a vehicle to perpetuate Anthony Quinn’s vision for an art conscious society, the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program raises and distributes funds for arts education. The Scholarship Program is for young adults in high school who demonstrate exceptional talent and dedication with a strong commitment to personal artistic growth and who will benefit from financial support. This year, 15 students were selected by a panel of judges from among a record number of applicants — more than 500 students — from 34 U.S. states and four countries. The Foundation makes an effort to distribute the funds evenly across the fields of focus: visual arts & design, dance, theatre, singing, instrumental, media arts, and literary arts. Scholarship recipients can apply Foundation funds to any recognized pre-college or arts education program. Scholarships range in size up to $3,000. For more information, visit the Anthony Quinn Foundation website. Via: Anthony Quinn Foundation