2016 Scholarship Winners

The Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) awarded three scholarships to high school seniors at Franklin County High School's Senior Awards Program on Wednesday, May 18th. The scholarship awards were based on the combination of outstanding artistic accomplishment, academic achievement and community involvement. The certificates were signed by SMAC president, Kathy Orth, and presented by scholarship committee member, Jim Mullens. Applicants were drawn from Franklin County High School, Staunton River High School and Gretna High School, as well as home-schooled students from the geographical areas which those schools serve.


This year's winners are three exceptionally accomplished young women. All are from Franklin County High School. Lida Bourhill is an accomplished singer and pianist who aspires to become a choral director at the college level. She will attend the University of Michigan and major in music education. Cameron Church is a musician who plays numerous musical instruments and sings. She plans to major in music technology/music industry and hopes to find a career which incorporates both her love of science and math and her passion for music. She will attend James Madison University in the fall. Gwyneth Strope is an experienced actress who will major in theatre at James Madison University. She plans to concentrate in both performance and education, and to graduate with a teaching license in theater.

The scholarships are in the amount of $2,000 and will be paid over two years, $1,000 for the 2016-2017 academic year, and $1,000 for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Cameron Church

Gwyneth Strope

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