Smith Mountain Arts Council Awards 2024 Arts Scholarships

The Smith Mountain Arts Council is proud to announce the winners of our 2024 college scholarships for high school seniors demonstrating talent in the performing, visual or literary arts.   Congratulations to these students and thank you to all the talented students who applied this year.
Special thanks to Kathleen Riordan, SMAC Scholarship Committee Chairperson, and to Marita Cheney and Jackie McKeown for their participation on the Scholarship Committee this year.    

Annalyse Marie Hasty

Franklin County High School. 
While a student, Annalyse has grown her own music business performing regionally.  She plans to attend Virginia Tech for Music where she will dive deep into the business aspects of the music industry and further her knowledge in music production.  Annalyse is working on composing and recording her second album. Her music teacher said she “possesses a capacity for ethical leadership that elevates fellow students to a higher standard”.   Another recommendation said Annalyse has “immense potential and talent along with an unwavering commitment to excellence”. 
Annalyse achieved a 4.0 GPA and submitted letters of recommendations from Hannah Wheeler (FCHS Music teacher), Sandra Aranegui (CEO Lover’s Rock Productions), and Jerry Wimmer (musician).  

Anna Locklear

A Franklin County Home School student.
Anna plans to attend Belmont University and her goal is to teach music professionally.  She has participated in numerous Patrick Henry Community College theatrical productions, and recently was assistant music director for The Spongebob Musical.  She has performed principal roles as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Martha in The Secret Garden, and Cinderella. Anna received the Sarabeth Hammond Scholarship at Virginia Children’s Theater 2 years in a row.  She also was a Youth Board Member for Virginia Children’s Theater.  
Anna achieved a 4.4 GPA and submitted letters of recommendations from Devin Pendleton (Patrick Henry Community College Artistic Director), Brett Roden (Virginia Children’s Theater Producing Artistic Director), and Brynn Scozzari-Odson (Drama/Voice Teacher).  Comments included observations that Anna “gives 100% of her time” and has a “remarkable work ethic that only enhances her natural talent for the stage”.