Scholarship Information

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West Plains Council on the Arts has been providing support and assistance to arts endeavors in the West Plains area since 1975.   Our mission is to stimulate and foster public participation in cultural activities, and to disseminate the knowledge and product of such cultural activities to the public in order to broaden the appreciation and availability of the arts in the West Plains region.

WPCA provides educational programs which support innovation and creative expression in the arts; presents artists and art forms that promote artistic and cultural diversity; provides guidance, resources and infrastructure to develop non-profit community-based arts groups; and sponsors festivals, competitions and awards to promote and support artists, and to celebrate and preserve the traditional culture of the region.

WPCA, in cooperation with the Gatewood Family, has established this scholarship to encourage students of the highest caliber to enter a career in the fine arts, with special emphasis on arts education.  This scholarship will be awarded to an area high school senior (graduating 2018) enrolled in a post-secondary program, majoring in fine arts (music or art, performance or education).   Education majors will receive higher consideration.  Applicant must be a high school student in Howell or Ozark County.

In order to apply, please complete the application attached, and include:

  1. Copy of high school transcript
  2. Essay OR Audition tape/CD/DVD – If an essay, must be 500 words or less on one of the following topics:

Will traditional art and/or music survive in the modern world, and why?

Who or what inspires you?

Should art and music receive equal consideration in secondary education?

How I support the arts

3. You may include a résumé detailing extracurricular activities, volunteer activities, community service, and jobs held during the past four years.

 

If there are any questions about the application process, please contact us at info@westplainsarts.org

 

West Plains Council on the Arts

P O Box 339

West Plains, MO 65775

PLEASE COMPLETE AND MAIL THIS APPLICATION.

2018 Scholarship winner Hayley Hershenson, with board President Allison Wilson
2017 Recipient of the Gatewood Family Fine Arts Scholarship McKenzie Brower, with Administrator Kathleen Morrissey
2016 Scholarship winners Hannah Morrison and Bailee Dougherty, with WPCA Board Member Judy Harden
2016 Scholarship winners Hannah Morrison and Bailee Dougherty, with WPCA Board Member Judy Harden
2014 Scholarship winner Randy Fukasawa, with WPCA Board members Kathleen Morrissey and Kathy Campbell
2014 Scholarship winner Randy Fukasawa, with WPCA Board members Kathleen Morrissey and Kathy Campbell
2013 Scholarship winner Chelsea Davis, pictured with WPCA board members Terri Combs and Paula Speraneo
2013 Scholarship winner Chelsea Davis, pictured with WPCA board members Terri Combs and Paula Speraneo