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Artists and Writers in the Community Scholarship

Funded by
1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Mar 31, 2022
Winners Announced
Apr 30, 2022
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Degree of Interest:
Wants a BA or MFA degree
Career of Interest:
Artist or writer
Has a creative portfolio

“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” - Salvador Dali

Art plays a critical role in the world, yet many artists and writers are overlooked in the workforce. By supporting artists and writers throughout their education, the world benefits from their creativity. 

This scholarship seeks to encourage artists and writers to complete their degrees and pursue their creative passions. 

To apply for the scholarship, you must be an aspiring writer or artist who has an Associate’s degree and is pursuing a BA or MFA.

As part of applying, please answer each of the four questions below in 300 words or less. You must also share a PDF with some work from your portfolio to be considered for the scholarship.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published October 3, 2021
Essay Topic

To apply, answer each of the four questions below in 300 words or less.

  1. Write about a time when you experienced the arts in your community. How did it impact you? 
  2. Write about your favorite teacher from high school. What class did they teach, and what was the most important lesson you learned from them? 
  3. How do you think the arts help communities? Give one example of an event, installation, or program you might try to create for your own community as a way to share the arts and enrich those who participate in it. 
  4. Describe a time when you failed and write about the impact it had on you.
600–1200 words

Winners and Finalists

Winning Application

Genevieve Baddorf
Christian Brothers UniversityMemphis, TN
1. A few years ago, my family went to see The Nutcracker as performed by a local dance school in the downtown area of my city. My family has always been big on the arts, taking us to art festivals, plays, and musicals performed in the area whenever possible. The show captivated me - it was so much more than just dances, it was quite literally poetry in motion. Part of the reason it meant so much to me at the time is because that was when I had just settled on writing as a career - I was looking specifically at lyric writing and poetry at the time, although I've diversified a little since then. It didn't just blow my mind, it opened my eyes to what I wanted from my writing - graceful, descriptive words that flowed like water, and wove together into a story worth reading. 2. One of the most important teachers in my life was Miss P, my English teacher in sophomore year of high school. She went out of her way to make sure we understood what we were learning, and was always engaging and interactive with her lessons. She was always very understanding of me, and when I doodled in class, she even asked me to make a drawing for her, which she hung up on the whiteboard. Miss P was both a teacher and a friend, and above all else, she taught me to appreciate my own work. 3. The arts are so much more than entertainment. They are crucial for telling the truths the world needs to hear, and providing encouragement or harsh realities in times we need them most. I would choose to host a poetry slam/songwriting contest, spotlighting blues music and poetry about the history and culture of the American South, to give more exposure to poets and songwriters of color, who are often underrepresented in the South itself. 4. In high school, I was in choir for all four years, and one thing I always wanted was to get into the a cappella girls' group. I auditioned for three years, and always tried my best. Unfortunately, I never got in. This caused me to try all the harder at other auditions, and I was accepted into the chamber singers choir at my school senior year, and we sung at graduation. What had been a failure gave me the motivation I needed to achieve success.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Mar 31, 2022. Winners will be announced on Apr 30, 2022.

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