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Charleston student wins national scholarship

Each year, the Anthony Quinn Foundation takes great pride in introducing its scholarship recipients.

From the foundation:

This year, we make that introduction in the midst of a crisis that none of us could have imagined. What we know, is that when things feel unsettled, many of us turn to what comforts us most. For our students, the ability to express their feelings and fears through their respective fields of art may be out of reach. During this time, the Anthony Quinn Foundation staff and board is working hard to create community, connection, and continuity for all of our students, past and present. That's the power of art that we see time and time again: art brings us together. Through painting, music, dance, spoken and written word, the Anthony Quinn Foundation has built a community of 120 students in 10 years. 

Charleston high school junior Ashley Yoon (right) is the lone South Carolinian to receive the scholarship this year. A violinist, she intends to use her scholarship to attend the Heifetz International Music Institute in Virginia. Over the past 10 years, The Anthony Quinn Foundation has received over 2,350 applications for summer intensive scholarship support. The pool of applicants grows more competitive and more diverse each year.

To date, they've awarded 118 scholarships representing 27 states and territories and 3 countries. Recipients have attended prestigious summer intensive programs across the U.S. and around the world.

S.C. public school seniors can win $2,000 for in-state college tuition

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship recognizes academic, artistic excellence

Application deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020, 5 p.m. ET
The Archibald Rutledge Scholarship program, named for South Carolina’s first poet laureate, offers 12th-grade students (enrolled in a public school in South Carolina) the opportunity to compete for a $2,000 scholarship encouraging and recognizing academic and artistic excellence among South Carolina students. Students are to fill out one application as it pertains to the art form chosen for this scholarship. Chose from among:
  • creative writing
  • dance
  • music
  • theatre
  • visual arts
Five scholarships (approximately $2,000 each) will be awarded in May 2019. The South Carolina Department of Education will make the necessary arrangements to transfer the scholarship funds directly to the South Carolina college or university of the student’s choice. Students planning to attend an out-of-state college or university are ineligible to apply. The recipients may also be recognized by their local schools/school districts. The deadline to submit an entry is Monday, February 3, 2020, delivered to the South Carolina Department of Education by 5 p.m. or postmarked on or before Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Entries will not be accepted after the deadline. Entries should have been created during the 2019/2020 school year. Eligibility criteria: 
  • Students must currently be enrolled in twelfth grade in a public school in South Carolina.
  • Students must plan to attend a South Carolina college or university.
  • Students must be a U.S. citizen and have attended public school in South Carolina for the past two years.
  • Students may only apply for one scholarship.
For additional information and to apply, click here.

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Future Stars Scholarship Competition

The Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to announce the creation of the Future Stars Scholarship Competition, a solo competition that will award the winner a $1,000 prize to be used for college and the opportunity to perform the work with the orchestra on a future concert. This competition has been in the works for almost a decade, and it is because of Foothills Philharmonic Artistic Director Kory Vrieze that it is now a reality. “For many years, the Foothills Philharmonic has been providing audiences with great music performed by talented local musicians,” Vrieze said. “Community support has been so strong that we are ready to begin a new phase in our history. In the upcoming months, you will see several new projects added to our already active roster. We are always moving with our mission: Educate, Enrich, Entertain.” Based on that support, the orchestra’s leadership determined the time had come to implement a program Vrieze proposed in 2011 when he auditioned for the role of artistic director. The Foothills Philharmonic’s Future Stars Scholarship Competition is designed to provide a student musician the unique opportunity to perform as a soloist with a symphony orchestra. It is open to rising high school juniors and seniors who are string, woodwind, brass or percussion players or pianists The winners of the competition receive a $1000 scholarship and will perform as the featured soloist on the final Masterworks concert in the 2019/2020 season. More information about the rules of the competition and the link to apply can be found here. Applications may be mailed or delivered to Foothills Philharmonic’s address; instructions can be found on the website. For specific questions pertaining to the competition, email Mastro Vrieze at artistic.director@foothillsphil.org.


About the Foothills Philharmonic Foothills Philharmonic is a community orchestra that serves the upstate region of South Carolina. It rehearses once a week and performs seven concerts a year in the beautiful Riverside Baptist Church. Performing in Greenville since 2000, Foothills Philharmonic is committed to providing high-quality, classical music performances to the Upstate community free of charge. The orchestra is an all-volunteer orchestra made up of accomplished non-professional musicians from the Upstate region of South Carolina. Orchestra membership includes individuals from many walks of life including part-time musicians, teachers, lawyers, business professionals, and homemakers. Kory Vrieze is the Orchestra’s artistic director and conductor. Membership in the Foothills Philharmonic is open to amateur and professional musicians. Training in youth orchestra, college orchestra, or professional orchestra, in the Greenville Concert Band or an equivalent band is suggested as necessary experience. For more information about joining the orchestra, interested parties should contact our personnel manager at foothillspersonnel@foothillsphil.org.

Scholarships available for Spartanburg arts students

Chapman Cultural Center doesn't just offer Youth Art Galleries, Artist in Residences and Muse Machine Performances in 6 out of 7 Spartanburg School Districts. They also want to help rising freshmen pay for college! The application deadline is April 13th for one or more $1,000 Mary Wheeler Davis Scholarships, awarded annually to Spartanburg students pursuing college degrees in the visual or performing arts. Applications are being accepted now by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg at Chapman Cultural Center. The annual award is funded by the Mary Wheeler Davis Memorial Fund for the Promotion of the Arts. Also available is Chapman Cultural Center's own Peggy Gignilliat Scholarship in Strings award, available to one Spartanburg County student each year who plays a strings instrument (violin, viola, cello, or double bass).  The winner receives one academic year of private lessons at Converse College’s Lawson Academy of the Arts, up to a limit of $1000. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of musical talent, and the recipient is selected by audition. More information on these scholarships is available by clicking here.

Anthony Quinn Foundation offers scholarships for high school students interested in the arts

anthonyquinnscholarshipstudentThe first deadline is November 28 The Anthony Quinn Foundation offers scholarships for high school students who wish to attend a pre-college, or summer intensive arts education program.  Students from around the world are invited to apply, and must be enrolled in high school or officially registered as a home-schooled high school student. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges, made up of all professional artists or art educators and independent of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Maximum scholarship award is $2,500. Partial funding from other sources is encouraged. Based on the requested amount and overall cost of the recognized pre-college or intensive summer arts program, the Anthony Quinn Foundation may award only partial funding. The application is a two-step process. A parent/guardian form, a nomination letter and a recommendation letter are due by Nov. 28. The completed application, artistic statement and work samples are due Jan. 4. All applicants must provide the required materials by the first deadline in order to move to the second deadline. Winners will be notified no later than April 10, 2017. Complete guidelines and application instructions are online.
Related: Two S.C students receive Anthony Quinn Foundation scholarships (2015). Via: Anthony Quinn Foundation

Anthony Quinn Foundation offers scholarships for high school students interested in the arts

The Anthony Quinn Foundation announces the opening of the application period for the 2016 Scholarship Program. Modeled after the personal experience of Anthony Quinn, the scholarship program distributes funds for high school students interested in the arts who wish to attend a pre-college, or summer intensive arts education program.  Students from around the world are invited to apply and must be enrolled in high school or officially registered as a home-schooled high school student.  Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges, all professional artists or art educators and independent of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. (Related: Two S.C. students receive Anthony Quinn Foundation scholarships) (Read about one South Carolina student's experience as an Anthony Quinn Foundation scholarship recipient.) Each applicant must provide a nomination and a recommendation from a teacher, advisor, or other adult outside the applicant’s family, as well as a parent/guardian consent form by Monday, November 30, 2015. A completed application, personal statement, and work samples must be submitted by Sunday, January 3, 2016. Winners are selected based on a list of criteria developed using the highest standards of excellence and integrity.  The criteria incorporate elements of talent, personal dedication and financial need.  Winners will be notified by April 1, 2016. To learn more about the program and our past scholarship winners, visit aqfoundation.org and view our video by clicking here. Via: Anthony Quinn Foundation

Spartanburg-area high school seniors awarded scholarships to pursue arts degrees

Kaleb Michael Dill of Landrum and Thaddeus John Troxell of Boiling Springs have been awarded $1,000 scholarships by The Mary Wheeler Davis Memorial Fund for the Promotion of the Arts.  This annual scholarship program is administered by the Chapman Cultural Center, and the fund is held by The Spartanburg County Foundation. Each year, one or more $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students pursuing college degrees in the visual or performing arts. Selection is based on character, financial need, and artistic potential. The scholarships are awarded based on the recommendations of a panel of community leaders with interest and expertise in the visual and performing arts. Established in 1989, the scholarship honors the memory of Mary Wheeler Davis, a local community leader who was involved in many Spartanburg arts organizations. Davis was a native of Charleston and the wife of Dr. William McAlhany Davis. Kaleb Michael DillDill is a senior at Landrum High School and plans to attend the College of Charleston to major in studio art with a concentration in photography. Eventually, he hopes to open his own photography business in Spartanburg. Dill’s accomplishments include a first-place award in the Spartanburg Soil and Water Conservation photography competition for the past three years and the 2015 Spartanburg District One Milliken Art Award. In addition, one of his photographs will be published this fall in Photographer’s Forum Magazine in a showcase of national high school and college students' photography.  Dill's work has been exhibited in the Wofford College Sandor Teszler Library Glendale Shoals Photography Gallery, the S.C. Wildlife Harry Hampton Photography Gallery, the Focus on Youth Juried Show at Chapman Cultural Center, Upstate High School Art Exhibit at Greenville Technical College, Evening of Excellence at Tryon Fine Arts Center, Milliken Art Gallery, and the Congressional Art Show. Thaddeus John TroxellTroxell is a senior at Boiling Spring High School and plans to major in either illustration or graphic design. He will attend Winthrop University with plans to transfer to Savannah College of Art and Design his sophomore year. His mediums include pencil, digital, ceramics, and screen-printing. He would like to design movie posters or album covers of his favorite musical artists. His work has been included in the Boiling Springs High School Literary Magazine and at Gallery East in Spartanburg. This summer, he is the graphics manager for Fine Arts Day Camp at Converse College and is also managing the camp's social media sites. His private art teacher is Bailie of Spartanburg. He has also participated in live theatre, marching band, and symphonic band, and will join the open mic club and radio station at Winthrop. “Both of these young men are exceptional in their creativity,” Chapman’s Arts Education Director Ava Hughes said. “In looking at their work, I know they will go far in their careers, and it is my hope that this scholarship will make their educational journeys a little more secure. I believe Mary Wheeler Davis would be very proud to know she is being a part of these young men’s success.” Applications to this scholarship program are due in April each year. For more information, contact Hughes at (864) 278-9693. Image, left to right: works by Dill and Troxell

Anthony Quinn Foundation offers scholarships for pre-college or summer arts programs

The Anthony Quinn Foundation announces the opening of the application period for the 2014 Scholarship Program. Applications will be accepted through January 5, 2015. Modeled after the personal experience of Anthony Quinn, the program distributes funds for high school students interested in the arts who wish to attend a pre-college, or summer intensive arts education program. Students from around the world are invited to apply and must be enrolled in high school or officially registered as a home-schooled high school student. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges, all professional artists or art educators and independent of the Foundation’s board of directors. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000. Winners are selected based on a list of criteria, carefully researched and developed using the highest standards of excellence and integrity. The criteria incorporate elements of talent, personal dedication and financial need. Winners will be notified by April 1. To learn more about the program or to apply, please visit www.anthonyquinnfoundation.org

High school students invited to apply for arts education scholarship

Parents and educators - do you know a high school student who wants to attend a pre-college, summer or after-school arts education program? Make sure they apply for the Anthony Quinn Foundation's 2014 Scholarship Program! Students from around the world are invited to apply and must be enrolled in high school or officially registered as a home-schooled high school student. Applications will be accepted through January 1, 2014. Modeled after the personal experience of Anthony Quinn, the 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. The Foundation makes an effort to distribute the funds evenly across the fields of focus: Visual Arts & Design, Performing Arts, Media Arts, and Literary Arts. Funds awarded will be sent directly to the pre-college, summer or after-school arts education program designated by the student. The scholarship cannot be used for secondary school or college tuition. Winners will be notified by April 1. Find out more and apply here. Via: The Anthony Quinn Foundation