Visual and performing arts students at Thomas Nelson Community College may vie for a new $3,000 scholarship. The Williamsburg Arts Council established the scholarship to foster the next generation of artists by helping students pursue their higher education goals. This contribution to burgeoning talent will also fortify the arts community as these students go on to become professionals in their fields.
Those eligible to apply are visual and performing arts students with a minimum 2.5 GPA, who are graduating from Thomas Nelson in spring 2018, and have acceptance into a four-year school to study performing or visual arts.
Students may apply through March 1 by contacting the College’s Performing Arts Chair Michael Sundblad at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must include a one-page statement of need and benefit; a recommendation letter from a Thomas Nelson faculty member; a sample of performing or visual arts work and a letter of acceptance into an arts program at a four-year school.
The award will be presented in May to a deserving student for tuition assistance at a four-year school, unless otherwise announced.
“I think any young artist who wants to go on with their education faces financial challenges. I think it’s up to organizations like ours, which has a focus on the arts and promoting young artists, to help as much as we can,” said WAC member Carol Scheid, a past chair of Thomas Nelson’s Local College Board who represented James City County while serving.
Members of the Williamsburg Arts Council are experienced volunteers, supporting visual and performing arts in the greater Williamsburg and Peninsula area. The organization was created to spark collaboration between various visual and performing arts organizations throughout the Williamsburg area and strengthen the local arts scene.
The council supports local art organizations and venues, provides creative outlets for established and upcoming artists and awards scholarships for the continuing education of promising young artists.