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SWAC Looking For Gifted And Talented, Big Or Small

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WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - In Wednesday's Meet The Money Givers, there's a little something for everyone. A local arts council is reaching out to all talented individuals, big or small.

They were the first ones, to make their mark in Maryland back in 1967. For the past eight years, The Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council has been drumming up enthusiasm for future musicians, poets, dancers, chefs and the like.

"When Children have arts in school, we know attendance numbers improve, their truancy levels are down, you don't see a kid with a tuba on his hip, ditching school," said Therese Hamilton, Executive Director of SWAC.

Not only do they ensure arts programs remain in local schools, but they also offer three scholarships a year.

"One is the Herbert D. Brent Scholarship and the other is the Paul S. Hyde Scholarship. Both of them are very similar. They are for High school seniors or students in college," said Hamilton.

SWAC even has one for the little performers. The Doug Smith scholarship is for children 16 and under looking to attend an arts-related educational program, like camp for example.

"It's the first of its kind in the area actually, so we're really excited to start those children out young and hopefully help them when they get into high school," said Hamilton.

To qualify you must live or go to school in Wicomico County, and be prepared to show your stuff! Each candidate will audition before a panel of judges, who will then make their selection.

The scholarships are between $1,000-$5,000. The deadline is March 8th so get your applications in soon. For more information, go to delmarvaed.org.

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