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SWAC: Keeping Artists Engaged With Scholarships

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SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council, commonly known as SWAC, is an organization deeply committed to supporting art and artists. Part of that ongoing effort comes in the form of scholarship opportunities.

Since 1982, SWAC has awarded many Herbert D. Brent Arts Scholarships, and since 1997, has awarded many Paul S. Hyde Arts Scholarships to recognize and financially assist talented young artists.

"Our goal is to keep students and keep people engaged in the arts to be music teachers and artists, and keep our world going because we know that the arts are an economic and academic engine that we sometimes forget," says Therese Hamilton, Executive Director for SWAC.

To be eligible for either scholarship, an applicant must be a high school senior or full-time college student, and either reside in Wicomico County or be attending a college in Wicomico County. The Herbert D. Brent Scholarship is geared toward visual arts, while the Paul S. Hyde Scholarship is geared toward performing arts. However, a student is allowed to apply to both scholarships, and a single individual is eligible to win both. Both are merit-based, so financial need does not need to factor into the process.

SWAC is now also offering the Douglas I. Smith Scholarship, which is for students 16 and younger who are pursuing the arts. "If they want to take dance lessons, piano lessons, because sometimes with the economy the way it is, parents can't afford that, so we come into the system to keep them engaged in the arts," says Therese.

Each scholarship is guaranteed to be worth at least $1,000, but if their funds are especially flush, they could go beyond that. Each scholarship has its own endowment that accepts donations year-round.

Applications for the Herbert D. Brent and Paul S. Hyde Scholarships can be found on SWAC's website, www.getswac.org.

The applications are due March 10th, and candidates will then have auditions on March 29th.

 

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