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Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program
Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program is open to twelfth-grade students who are enrolled in a public school in South Carolina. Five scholarships are awarded every year in creative writing, dance, music, theater, or visual arts.

Eligible students must be seniors in a public school in South Carolina and plan to attend a college or university in South Carolina. Candidates enter the competition by submitting an original work in one of 5 areas, including creative writing, dance, music, theater, or visual arts. In theater, for example, an entry would consist of an original short, one-act play of 8-15 minutes. Creative writing would be in the form of a sonnet, lyric, or narrative poem.

All entries will be judged by a panel of professionals in each of the five arts areas who will select one recipient in each of the disciplines. Eligible and interested students may apply through their school guidance department.

The scholarship is offered through the Sough Carolina Department of Education whose mission is to provide leadership and support so that all public education students will graduate fully prepared for success. The scholarship is named after Archibald Hamilton Rutledge, an American poet and educator and the first South Carolina poet laureate from 1934 to 1973. He wrote over 50 books and many poems about his life experiences in South Carolina.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in FEBRUARY of each year, and the award amount is usually $2,000.

For more details, visit ed.sc.gov/instruction/standards-learning/visual-and-performing-arts/2015-16-archibald-rutledge-scholarship-program/