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Youth Scholarship Opportunities

Staff Sergeant Morrow Arts Scholarship

The Staff Sergeant Alexandria Mae Gleason-Morrow Arts Scholarship is awarded to two Livingston County High School seniors with plans to continue their studies of the arts into their collegiate careers. This scholarship has always been a part of GVCA’s High School Art Show, but was recently renamed in early 2017 in honor of the fallen airwoman who was active in her high school arts program and aspired to be a high school art teacher once she had completed her service. We are honored to administer this program and are pleased to announce that the scholarships are now for $350.00 each. Thank you so much for the generous donations from Livingston County employees, Coast Professional, Inc and Steed Energy.

The 2018 Recipients of the Staff Sgt. Alexandria Mae Gleason-Morrow Arts Scholarship are Meg Bugbee, of Geneseo, and Anna Qiu, of Dansville. Congratulations!

Staff Sergeant Morrow Application and Guidelines

Dick Smith Young Artists Grant

The Dick Smith Young Artists Grant program is for high school juniors and seniors who are serious about developing their artistic talents. Any junior or senior who resides in Livingston County is eligible to apply for up to $500 to pursue a special extra-curricular opportunity in his or her artistic discipline. A panel of artists and art teachers selects the awardees. GVCA awards grants once a year for opportunities in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts (including film, video and computer art).

Since June 1998, the arts council has awarded grants to young artists from all over Livingston County. These grants have enabled them to take advantage of artistic opportunities at SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Fredonia, Eastman School of Music, Hochstein Music School, New York State Summer School of the Arts, Writers & Books, Visual Studies Workshop, Alfred University, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Syracuse University, RIT, Nazareth College, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and private lessons with professional artists.

The 2018 Recipients of the Dick Smith Young Artist Grants are Justin Nilsson of Livonia High School and Rachel Schofield of York High School. Justin will be participating in RIT’s “Introduction to Photojournalism for High School Students” this summer and Rachel will be attending the New York State Summer School for the Arts. Congratulations!

Applications are due the second Thursday in May, by 4:00 pm. Please contact the Program Coordinator at melissa@gvartscouncil.org with any questions.

If you would like to donate to the Dick Smith Young Artist Grant, please click on the link to download and fill out a donation form. Once completed please mail it to: Genesee Valley Council on the Arts, 4 Murray Hill Drive, Mt Morris NY 14510. Thank you for your generous contribution!

Dick Smith Guidelines and Application 2019

Dick Smith Young Artist Grant Final Report

Dick Smith Young Artist Grant Donation Form


The Claire Allen Scholarship

Writers & Books, Rochester’s literary center, announces a new scholarship honoring the memory of Geneseo teen Claire Allen. Claire Allen was a dedicated SummerWrite student in 2016 and 2017. She was an avid reader and writer, and whose writing was published as a tween and young teen in the national publications, Stone Soup, and New Moon, in addition to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. She was an award-winning student, writer, athlete, and an accomplished musician and actor, as well as a Girl Scout. In 2016 she was one of 36 girls selected from the U.S. and Canada (from over 8,000 entries) for the Annual Leadership Summit of Discovery Girls magazine in San Francisco, CA. She was very bright, incredibly kind, and had a passion for social justice. Claire passed away in September of 2017. It is with great sorrow and great honor that we announce the Claire Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will be available to teen girls from Livingston County to participate in Writers & Books programs in Rochester, and satellite programs in Livingston County. More information can be found at https://wab.org/youth-workshops/summerwrite/scholarships/