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Awards are given to a graduating high school senior or an adult continuing their education and are from Yancey or Mitchell County and pursuing a higher education degree majoring in any of the arts or arts education. The application deadline for 2021 scholarships is Thursday, April 1. Scholarship awards will be announced in mid-May. Each scholarship will be in an amount between $250 and $1,000 are usually paid directly to the degree-based institution of the applicant’s attendance.

In addition to the application form required for submittal, applicants will be asked to present a sampling of their work that best exemplifies the extent and quality of their past accomplishments. Examples of acceptable entries include: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, jewelry, painting, print making, sculpture, textile and fabric design, drama, dance, music, and creative writing, as well as other media and form. Please contact Toe River Arts for questions about eligible entries and requirements for appropriate submission. Portfolios of work are accepted as long as the total number of objects is limited to five. Submissions do not have to be related to the category of degree program to be eligible. For example, the applicant may submit a sculpture even if they are accepted to a photography program.

There is no application fee for submittal. No late applications will be accepted. The evaluation of submissions will be based upon a submittal which demonstrates original thinking, an artistic commitment and a willingness to take creative risks. Toe River Arts Scholarships for the Arts, made possible by funding from the OMC Foundation to an Endowment Fund held by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, are awarded to individuals from Yancey and Mitchell County, North Carolina.

2020 Scholarship for the Arts Recipients

This year we are excited to congratulate our two talented recipients, Taylor Styles from Spruce Pine and Lacee Thomason from Burnsville. Both are awarded $500 towards their college tuitions for this fall for demonstrating a passion for their arts studies with their artistic commitment and willingness to take creative risks. Toe River Arts awards these scholarships to help support our emerging artists continue their education in the arts. 

Taylor Styles received her Bachelor of Arts in 2017 from Berea College. She will attend UNC Pembroke this fall to pursue her Master of Fine Arts in painting. Styles will use this degree to pursue teaching while continuing to make her own artwork.

Lacee Thomason graduated this spring from Mountain Heritage High School. She will attend East Carolina University in the fall to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts for theatre education. Thomason has always exhibited zeal for theatre, “and with this scholarship, I can continue experiencing and sharing that love and passion!”