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Scholarship Information

Are you a high school student planning to attend college/university to major in the arts? The Highland County Arts Council holds funds to distribute each year to students who have demonstrated experience in the arts and plan to study in the arts as a part of their higher education.

Applications are due by May 1.


Summer Camp Scholarship

The Highland County Arts Council believes art education for all ages is important. Whether it's music, drama, painting or dance summer camp opportunities can be a great chance to develop a wide range of skills in a new social setting. 

Apply by May 1 for financial assistance to attend an Arts Summer Camp! 

Click here to apply for a summer camp scholarship! 


   Highland County Arts Council Announces 2024 Scholarship Winners 

   Anna Chambers and Karl Sax have been named recipients of scholarships by the Highland County Arts Council. Congratulations to both students!
   Anna Chambers, a Highland County home schooler, will receive a $1,000 scholarship. She will be attending Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, VA this Fall and plans to major in Theatre Arts and Music. She has been accepted into the Program for Exceptionally Gifted (PEG ). The PEG program provides the opportunity for students as young as 13 years to earn a four-year degree and get a jump start on graduate school and a career.
   Anna explained that she had chosen to pursue a degree in Theatre Arts and Music, because “the arts are particularly important to me. I love artwork, music, and performances of all types, and I have developed a passion for theater. I love to use my creativity to portray other characters and make them my own. I chose to major in theater at Mary Baldwin University to grow my passion into a career. I hope to study Shakespeare and work with the American Shakespeare Center as an actor. MBU’s Shakespeare and Theater program would give me access to unique theater experiences that are unparalleled. I am excited to learn all that I can about theater and the arts, with the hopes of bringing my talents back to the Highland community upon graduation. I have participated in many theater workshops put on by the Highland County Arts Council in collaboration with the Wayne Theatre including stage makeup, stage combat, improv, photography, and stage movement.”
   Karl Sax, an 8th grader in Highland County Middle School, has been awarded a $500 scholarship to attend the Messiah University Orchestra Camp in Mechanicsburg, PA for the second year in a row. Karl has been a student for seven years in the Allegheny Mountain String Project, sponsored by the Garth Newel Music Center in Warm Springs, VA.  The Highland County Arts Council is a donor of the Allegheny Mountain String Project. Karl is also a member of the Highlands Community Orchestra, which is sponsored by the Highland County Arts Council.
   Explaining his interest in the Arts, Karl said: “I specialize in music. I have played the bass for seven years and have pursued two other instruments in the past few years (piano and clarinet) in school. I have gone to Messiah Orchestra Camp before, and I hope to further my skills at Messiah this year. I am looking forward to attending music camp to hone my skills and create new opportunities for myself. I really liked making friends who were also interested in music just like me. and getting to have one on one instruction with the bass teacher.”
   Each spring, The Highland County Arts Council offers a scholarship to a Highland student who has declared that they will be attending a college or university in the fall with a major in the Arts and a scholarship to an arts student applying for a summer Arts camp. These scholarships are offered to both public school and home school students, and are made possible with the support of our members and donors.

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