The Surry Arts Council this week awarded more than $5,000 in scholarships to area students who are furthering their education and experiences in the arts.
The scholarship committee consisted of chairman Henry Rowe with Sandy Hallman, Sue Brownfield, Jenny Lowry, Sylvia Lowry, Nancy Malone, Julie Adams, and Kelly Merritt.
Talent among those applying for scholarships ranged from vocals, visual arts and graphic design, dance and musical theatre, to instrumental.
Lizzie Johnson, Surry Arts Council director of arts, facilitated the awards process.
After more than three hours of auditions and deliberation, the following awards were finalized. The 2012-2013 Sandy Beam Scholars are Shelley McCluskey and Savannah Mumford; Mildred Wolfe Robertson Scholars are Emily Belle Wood and Jennifer Mahr; the Hal Brownfield Design Award was given to William Troy Jessup; and the 2012-2013 James Lowry Scholar is William Bryant. Additional Lowry scholarships were awarded to Amanda Wilson, Kaitlyn Victoria Lewis, Amanda Nifong, Uriah Fetch, Marilyn Goble, Joyce Raleigh, Savannah Sjnow, Kayla Feeney, and Krista Elliott. The Jimmy Lowry Scholarship Fund also granted awards to middle and high school students who plan to attend the North Carolina Summer Institute in Choral Art. These fifteen students are from Mount Airy Middle School, Gentry Middle School, North Surry High School, and Central Middle School. Choral students receiving awards were September Ingram, Victoria Pack, Anna Wagoner, Arryawn Ward, Kelsey Carlisle, Isabella Hamilton, Evangeline Bailey, Selena Lor, Jordan Lor, Tanner Mears, Lucas McMillian, Rebecca Brewer, Kaelin Ward, Carlie Bowers, and Hugh Atkinson.
A Surry Central High School student, Bristol Payne, was awarded a scholarship to assist with a recent Fashion Design Award which includes a trip abroad to study other cultures.
In addition, Kester Sink Endowment Scholarships were awarded to area students to attend Arts Alive and Missoula Children’s Theatre summer camps at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Twenty awards were made in this category.
The Surry Arts Council awards funds from the above endowments and scholarship funds. These endowments are set up and managed by the North Carolina Community Foundation and the Winston-Salem Foundation. The Lowry fund is made up of proceeds from the annual Jimmy Lowry Concert at the Blackmon Amphitheatre. For information regarding setting up an endowment or making contributions to existing endowments and scholarship funds, contact the staff at the Surry Arts Council 786-7998 or email email@example.com.