Friday, November 18, 2011

Excellence in Arts Scholarship - APStrategies

The O’Donnell Foundation is pleased to sponsor the annual Excellence in AP Arts and Music Theory Award Scholarship to recognize four outstanding high school seniors who have participated or are currently participating in the O’Donnell Foundation’s AP Arts and Music Theory Incentive Program™ in the following high schools: Berkner, Booker T. Washington HSPVA, Coppell, Creekview, Lake Highlands, Lovejoy, McKinney Boyd, Newman Smith, Pearce, Plano East Senior, Plano Senior High, Plano West Senior High, and Richardson.

Each scholarship awarded will be in an amount up to $20,000 to be paid in four annual increments subject to renewal criteria.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to these exemplary seniors, to attend and graduate from the colleges of their choice in four years. It is also hoped that the scholarship will encourage other promising AP arts and music theory students to pursue excellence academically, personally and professionally.

Eligibility Requirements:
1. The applicant must be a Texas resident and a U.S. citizen.

2. The applicant must be a full time high school senior enrolled in or received credit for, at least, one AP Arts and/or Music Theory course in the O’Donnell Foundation AP Fine Arts Incentive Program. These courses may include one or more of the following: AP Drawing Portfolio, AP 2D Design Portfolio, AP 3D Design Portfolio, AP Art History, or AP Music Theory.

3. The applicant must maintain or have maintained a 90 or higher average in, at least, one AP Arts and/or Music Theory course in the O’Donnell Foundation AP Fine Arts Incentive Program.

4. The applicant must have completed a minimum of four additional AP classes.

5. The applicant must have a GPA of 3.6 or above and a minimum SAT of 1900 or ACT of 25.

6. The applicant must not have already received a full scholarship to the school they plan to attend. Those applicants who have a full scholarship to the school they wish to attend are ineligible for this scholarship.

Application Deadline:
Applications must be submitted to the Donor Services Department of Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) postmarked no later than Friday, February 3, 2012. Detailed application instructions are listed on page 3. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered. Applications should arrive in one comprehensive packet with all required materials included.

Excellence in AP® Arts and Music Theory Award Scholarship is available for downloading from the Communities Foundation of Texas Website at

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Registration for the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
is now open! REGISTER NOW!

A Nationally recognized competition open to all high school students. Submission by online portfolio. A great opportunity check it out.

About the Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts focused organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

To date, the Awards have encouraged over 13 million students, recognized more than 9 million young artists and writers, and made available more than $25 million in awards and scholarships. They continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.
What You Can Win

Students who win at the regional level are celebrated at local ceremonies and have their work showcased in exhibitions, publications and at public readings. National Medalists are celebrated at a prestigious Carnegie Hall ceremony and have their work showcased in reputable galleries in New York City.
Regional Awards

* Gold Key: The highest level of achievement on the regional level. Approximately 7 – 10% of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for national-level recognition.
* Silver Key: Approximately 10 – 15% of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards.
* Honorable Mention: This Award recognizes students with artistic potential. Approximately 15 – 20% of all regional submissions receive Honorable Mention Awards.
* American Visions & Voices Nominees: Five works are selected out of all Gold Key works (across categories) as the "Best of Show" for each region.

National Awards

* Gold Medal: The most outstanding works in the nation.
* Silver Medal: Works demonstrating high honors on the national level.
* American Visions & Voices Medal: An esteemed panel of jurors selects the best of the five American Voices & Visions Nominees from each region to receive national recognition with the American Visions & Voices Medal.

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