Local student artists invited to apply for cash scholarship


In partnership with the National Scholastic Art and Writing Alliance, the Leesburg Center for the Arts and Leesburg High School Art Department invite emerging student artists to apply for the Regional School Art and Writing Competition and Prizes, the leading national source of recognition for the achievements of creative teens. .

Students aged 13 and over and living in Lake, Sumter, Marion or Citrus counties are invited to submit original works in one of the 28 art and writing award categories, including drawing and illustration, photography, flash fiction, poetry, film and animation, and journalism. All works are selected for prizes based on their originality, technical skills and emergence of a personal vision or voice and without knowing the name, gender, age, ethnicity or the student’s hometown. The submission will first be judged regionally by the Alliance’s Northwestern Central Florida region affiliate, and then nationally by an impressive panel of industry experts. Each year, the Alliance partners with individuals, foundations and companies to offer scholarship opportunities to students in certain categories or on particular themes.

“We are very pleased to partner with the National Scholastic Art and Writing Alliance to organize and host the Regional Scholastic Art Competition,” said Leesburg Center for Arts director Maria Stefanovic. “This is a great opportunity for emerging student artists from Lake, Sumter, Citrus and Marion counties to exhibit their work or portfolio regionally and compete for the Golden Key and scholarships. “

The 2022 scholarships and cash prizes offer a number of opportunities ranging from $ 250 to $ 10,000 and include:

· Best-in-Grade Award: Underwritten by Bloomberg Philanthropies, this award offers 24 students (two artists and two writers per level 7 to 12) scholarships of $ 500 and their educators awards of $ 250.

· Civic Expression Award: Supported by the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, this award offers scholarships of $ 1,000 to six students whose art or writing explores political or social issues, and their educators, with prizes of $ 250.

· New York Life Award: Endorsed by the New York Life Foundation, this award recognizes six nationwide students with $ 1,000 scholarships for their work exploring personal grief, loss and bereavement, and their educators with prizes of $ 250. Additional scholarships of $ 500 are also available for two students from each of the following states: Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, and Tennessee.

· One Earth Award: Endorsed by the Salamander Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation, this award provides four students with $ 1,000 scholarships for creative work that address the pressing problem of man-made climate change, and their educators with scholarships of $ 250.

· Portfolio Awards: The program’s highest national honor recognizes 16 high school students each with a $ 10,000 scholarship for their writing or art portfolios, and their educators with prizes of $ 1,000; 30 Silver Medal Recipients with Wallet of Distinction each receive $ 1,000 scholarships and their educators receive $ 250 awards.

· The Alliance / ACT-SO Journey Award: In partnership with the NAACP African-University, Cultural, Technological and Scientific (ACT-SO) Olympics, this award provides full scholarships to attend art programs or summer writing for up to ten ACT- SO fellows, who also receive gold or silver keys at regional awards.

· The Herblock Prize for Editorial Comic Book: Underwritten by the Herb Block Foundation, this prize provides three young artists with $ 1,000 scholarships for the visual arts who provide commentary or critique on current events, social events or political subjects, and their educators prizes of $ 250.

To apply today, visit https://www.artandwriting.org/regions/FL001A. Individual submissions are $ 7 each and portfolio submissions are $ 25 each. The deadline for submitting artwork is December 16.


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