What is it? The Archibald Rutledge Scholarship program, named for South Carolina’s first poet laureate, offers twelfth-grade students (enrolled in a public school in South Carolina) the opportunity to compete for a scholarship in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts as well as encourages and recognizes academic and artistic excellence among South Carolina students.
What does the program include? Students will mail or deliver original compositions, process folios, and other required documentation in one of the five arts disciplines (creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts) to the South Carolina Department of Education.
When does the program begin? Applications will be available online in November 2015. The deadline to submit an entry is Friday, February 5, 2016, delivered to the South Carolina Department of Education by 5:00 p.m. or postmarked on or before Friday, February 5, 2016. Entries will not be accepted after the deadline. Entries should have been created during the 2015-16 school year.
How will the students be recognized? Five scholarships (approximately $2,000 each) will be awarded in May 2016. The South Carolina Department of Education will make the necessary arrangements to transfer the scholarship funds directly to the South Carolina college or university of the student’s choice. Students planning to attend an out of state college or university are ineligible to apply. The recipients may also be recognized by their local schools/school districts.
Students must currently be enrolled in twelfth grade in a public school in South Carolina.
Students must plan to attend a South Carolina college or university.
Students must be a U.S. citizen and have attended public school in South Carolina for the past two years.
Students may only apply for one scholarship.