Scholarship Program

About the Scholarship

Smith Mountain Arts Council announces the availability of two $2,000 college scholarships for high school seniors demonstrating talent in the Performing, Visual or Literary Arts. Eligible students must be attending the following high schools or are home schooled in the geographic areas of these schools: Franklin County High School, Gretna High School, Staunton River High School, Christian Heritage Academy and SML Christian Academy.

Applications are open to students who will be studying in all recognized academic disciplines at either two- or four-year accredited colleges, universities, or community colleges. This is a change from a previous rule which stated that the scholarships were only available to students who planned to pursue an arts major. It is hoped that this will bring in a wider selection of talented students.

Scholarships will be paid in the amount of $1,000 per year for the first two years of enrollment. In order to receive the second payment, the student must submit his or her first-year transcript and show progress satisfactory to the SMAC Scholarship Committee.

Method of Selection

Recipients will be selected by the SMAC Scholarship Committee.  Applications will be considered based on Artistic Goals & Academic Record; Artistic Activities, Awards & Honors; Other Academic Awards & Honors; High School & Community Activities and Work Experience. 

Applicants may not be related to any member of the Smith Mountain Arts Council Board of Directors, incomplete applications will not be considered, and scholarship amounts may be used only for tuition.

Application Requirements

Applications must be made through and endorsed by the Guidance Department/Home-School Coordinator.  Applicants must submit the following by March 20, 2019:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Copies of Artistic Work [CD, portfolio, DVD, photos or samples]
  • High School Transcript to Date
  • Three [3] Letters of Recommendation: one [1] from arts teacher, one [1] from other teacher or high school official and one [1] from a community person not related to applicant

For additional information, please download the information sheet.

Download the application form here.

Applications must be sent to Judith Helms, Scholarship Committee Chair.


Scholarship checks will be sent directly to the college on receipt of a copy of the letter of acceptance, mailing address, enrollment ID and social security number.  Scholarship funds will be applied only to the student’s tuition cost for the first year of enrollment.

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