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. Applications will be available online in September 2014.
The deadline to submit an entry is Friday, February 6, 2015, delivered to the South Carolina Department of Education by 5:00 p.m. or postmarked on or before Friday, February 6, 2015. Entries will not be accepted after the deadline.
Five scholarships (approximately $2,000 each) will be awarded in May 2015.
General composition criteria include:
- Creative Writing- An entry is defined as an original composition in the form of a sonnet, lyric, or narrative poem. The composition should not exceed two double-spaced pages in length, originated by the applicant.
- Dance- An entry is defined as an original short dance composition of three to ten minutes composed for solo or ensemble dancers in any appropriate movement style, originated by the applicant.
- Music- An entry is defined as an original composition of three to ten minutes for solo or small ensemble (recommended no more than five parts), vocal, or instrumental in any appropriate style, originated by the applicant.
- Theatre- An entry is defined as an original short, one-act play with a performing time of ten to fifteen minutes, originated by the applicant.
- Visual Arts- An entry is defined as an original artwork that must be a completed, rendered visual composition, originated by the applicant. Art is limited to two-dimensional work such as drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, and collage.
- Entries produced in collaboration with others are not eligible for this competition.
- A panel of professionals in each of the five arts areas will select a recipient in each of the disciplines. The decision of the judges is final.
- Students may compete in one arts area only.
- Compositions/artworks and process folios each count 50 percent toward the total score.