The mission of the Franklin County Arts Guild is "to promote and support the arts and arts education in Franklin County." A major way that the Guild serves that mission is by funding a higher education scholarship for an outstanding high school senior in Franklin County. The Guild gave its first scholarship in 1986, and has given the scholarship every year since then. The scholarship has gradually increased from $500 in 1986 to $2,000 in 2017; the Guild has given a scholarship for over 30 years.
In 2017, the Guild partnered with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to establish the Franklin County Arts Guild Scholarship Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The Community Foundation will grow the fund and will serve as sole administrators of the Franklin County Arts Guild Scholarship Fund. The purpose of the fund will remain the same as it has been for over 30 years, but now we hope to endow permanently one or more scholarships each year, making the fund self-sustaining. This will ensure that Franklin County Students pursuing creative arts in higher education will receive support.
How to Qualify With emphasis on artistic talent, each applicant should be prepared to demonstrate the merit of their work by portfolio, performance, composition (or other tangible evidence) and letters of recommendation. They should also provide evidence of their ability to succeed in college as demonstrated by their academic record, letters of recommendation, and their financial need.
How to Apply The application process and selection of recipients is handled solely by the Community Foundation and will balance merit and financial need with an emphasis on financial need. For questions about the scholarship fund, please contact the Foundation at 615-321-4939 or 888-540-5200. One additional benefit of putting the Scholarship Fund in the Community Foundation is that, when a student applies for our scholarship, they can also apply for over 100 scholarships administered by the Foundation with the same application. To get started, please visit the Foundation's scholarship page.
2019 Scholarship Winner
Autum Winston won FCAG Scholarship Award for 2019, Autum graduated with honors from FCHS this year. During her high school years, she participated in band, choir, and theater, along with several clubs and organizations. This fall she will be attending Tennessee Tech University majoring in music education. Her goal is to one day become a high school band director.
Autum also won the Thomas Isbell Scholarship from Franklin Co High School.
2018 Scholarship Winner
Carly-Grace Pate is the recipient of the Franklin Co Arts Guild Scholarship Award 2018 and is planning to attend the University of Alabama at Huntsville to major in Arts-Photography. Over Carly-Grace Pate's four years in high school, she has made participating in community service her main mission. She has logged over 500 volunteer hours that include mission work in other countries, making nursing home visits, and her favorite, after-school tutoring for elementary students. Because of her efforts, she has been awarded both the Governor's Star Volunteer Award, as well as the President's Volunteer Service Award sponsored by Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. Congratulations, Carly-Grace! You can find her at CGVPhotography@CGVPphotography on Facebook.
Jennifer expresses a passion for music and sees herself as a band director teaching her students to become the best musicians they can be. She was the Trumpet Section Leader in the Franklin County High School Band, a member of the marching band, concert band, pep band, jazz band and Tuba Ensemble. Jennifer also participated in the Tennessee Tech Symposium in both her junior and senior years in high school, as well as in the Tennessee Tech Festival of Winds and Percussion Hunter of Winchester is also a recipient. He is the son of John and Sandra Cunningham of Winchester. Hunter will pursue a degree in Art from Middle Tennessee State University. He says that he finds art a way to find himself. His goal is to find a way to keep art alive in his way. As a senior at Franklin County High School he was given the Senior Superlative- Most Artistic. He also won an art award for his piece entitled “We all Need Trees”. He was a member of the Thespian Society and was a part of several plays as well as a member of the Art Club.
OTHER WINNERS FROM PAST YEARS
2015 Scholarship recipient Cara “Marynn” Robinson (left) and Anna Kathryn Anderson, Chair of Franklin County Arts Guild Scholarship Committee with some of Ms. Robinson’s work.
Taylor Robinson was the winner of our 2014 Scholarship Award. Here she was playing at the July meeting of the Franklin County Arts Guild.
Why Join the Franklin County Arts Guild
The Franklin County Arts Guild promotes artists and craftspeople through its gallery, The Artisan Depot, scholarships, education, and community programs.
"Art should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity." ~ Artist Keith Haring