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Art scholarship applications now available for high school seniors

Art scholarship applications now available for high school seniors
Posted on 10/30/2017
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Do you know a high school senior who is interested in the arts? Encourage them to apply for one of our arts scholarships, sponsored by the Lenexa Arts Council. Each year, we give away approximately $3,500 in scholarships to Lenexa graduating seniors in three categories: visual arts, performing arts and literary arts.

Applications are due by Feb. 15, 2018.

Visual arts scholarship application

Performing arts scholarship application

Literary arts scholarship application

Tips for submitting a successful application

We often receive questions about what makes a successful application. Make sure that your application is complete and includes letters of recommendation, a statement of your activities, honors and volunteer work, an essay on your future plans and an official school transcript.

Also, follow these tips to help ensure your application is among the best:

Visual arts

  • Ensure all artwork is framed and properly labeled. The evaluators are looking for contrasting styles, such as use of different media or subject matter.

  • A brief description of your motivation, choice of media, etc., may be helpful for the evaluators to understand what you are trying to say through your art.

Performing arts

  • Your performance selections should be of contrasting styles.
    For example, theater submissions should be drama and comedy or drama and musical theater; vocal and instrumental submissions should be classical and contemporary or selections from two musical periods; dance submissions should be classical and contemporary or of performance and rehearsal.

  • When you are recording your pieces, make sure you are the primary focus. The evaluators want to see you and hear you.
    For theater submissions, evaluators are looking at stage presence, facial expressions and your interaction with other cast members. For instrumental submissions, evaluators are looking at the sound, your posture and finger positions. For dance submissions, they are looking at your posture, movements and interaction with other dancers.

Literary arts

  • Make sure your writings are of contrasting styles, such as prose, poetry, essay, etc.

  • Check your work for correct spelling, grammar and sentence structure.

  • Including a brief explanation of your motivation for your work may help the evaluators understand your work.