The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is now accepting applications for the 2012 class of the Young Masters scholarship grant program. The grants will help promising young school-aged students in Texas to excel in the arts.
The Young Masters Program provides exemplary art students in grades 8-11 with the financial help they need to pursue advanced study in the areas of visual arts, literature, music, theatre, dance and media arts.
Applications for the Young Masters program may be obtained online at www.arts.state.tx.us/ym/ or by calling TCA at (512) 936-6563. All applications and support documents must be postmarked by November 15, 2011.
For the past ten years, the Commission has seen impressive artistic advancement among Young Masters who attended such prestigious summer programs as the School of Visual Arts in New York, the Chicago Art Institute, Julliard, the American Dance Festival, Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project and Tanglewood.
All Texas students who are U.S. citizens and who are participating in a school-based program, a summer institute, or a specialized course of study; or who are receiving private lessons from a qualified professional instructor are encouraged to apply. In order to be considered, students must maintain passing grades in all academic areas, and it’s important to note that the applicants compete against a standard of excellence, not each other.
A brief narrative describing an applicant’s course of study and detailing how the student will use the scholarship to advance his/her artistic abilities must accompany all applications. A budget indicating anticipated expenditures is also required. Applicants must also provide evidence of their previous efforts in the arts by submitting a portfolio, a DVD, slides or some other representation of their creative work.
Students will be selected by a citizen panel of experts from across the state based on Artistic Quality, Capability, and Impact. Notification of awards for this fourth class of Young Masters will begin in April 2012.
The Young Masters program is funded with generous support by the Texas Cultural Trust.