The Smith Mountain Arts Council has announced the availability of two $2,000 college scholarships for high school seniors demonstrating talent in the performing, visual or literary arts.

Eligible students must attend Franklin County High School, Gretna High School, Staunton River High School, Christian Heritage Academy or SML Christian Academy or be home-schooled in the geographic areas of these schools.

Applications are open to students who will be studying in all recognized academic disciplines at two or four-year accredited colleges, universities or community colleges. This is a change from a previous rule which stated that the scholarships were only available to students who planned to pursue an arts major. The SMAC made the change to invite a wider selection of talented students.

Scholarships will be paid in the amount of $1,000 per year for the first two years of enrollment. To receive the second payment, a student must submit first-year transcripts and show satisfactory progress.

Applications must be received by March 31, and will be considered based on artistic activities and goals, academic record, academic awards and honors, other awards and honors, high school and community activities and work experience.

Applicants may not be related to any member of the Smith Mountain Arts Council board of directors. Incomplete applications will not be considered and scholarship amounts may be used only for tuition.

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