2015 Scholarship Winners

The Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) has awarded Bronson Aznavorian and Lauren Griffith two-year college scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each. The scholarships will be paid $1,000 a year for the first two years. Both Bronson and Lauren are seniors at Staunton River High School.

Students applying for the SMAC scholarships must demonstrate talent and commitment in the Performing, Visual, or Literary Arts, and must exhibit academic merit. Bronson is a writer, musician, actor and filmmaker, who will major in film and television production at NYU. Lauren is a singer and actor who will double major in vocal performance and music education at George Mason University. In addition to their impressive artistic talents, Bronson and Lauren have distinguished high school records, accomplishments and commendations.

SMAC scholarships are open to high school seniors at Franklin County High School, Gretna High School and Staunton River High School and to students home-schooled in the geographical areas served by those schools. The scholarships, along with SMAC's other youth programs, are important parts of its mission to comprehensively promote the arts at the Lake. The Scholarship Committee received eleven applications this year and was particularly impressed by the quality of the achievements of all of the applicants.


2015 Winners
Bronson Aznavorian (left) and
Lauren Griffith (right)
with SMAC President, Chuck Lumpkin, 
and 2015 Scholarship Chair, Judy Helms

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