BAC Awards Scholarships to Local Students
Each year, the Brunswick Arts Council awards scholarships to deserving students seeking to begin higher education and/or vocational studies beyond secondary education. Prior to awarding the scholarship, the BAC reviews Brunswick County Schools’ student applicants from various social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds who are interested in educational opportunities for scholarships that will empower those recipients to become informed and educated contributors to society.
This year, the BAC has awarded two students with the $1,000 scholarships. They are Anna Throckmorton and Maggie Brown.
(BAC Scholarship Award recipient Anna Throckmorton with BAC Grants Director Liz Boyer)
Anna Throckmorton is a strong academic student at West Brunswick High School. She plans to attend Appalachian State University. Although she has not totally decided, Anna hopes to major in an area related to the arts and sciences. Initially, a shy student, Anna began taking theatre classes from a suggestion by her father and grew to love performing. She has earned major roles in a number of plays and has written and directed various scenes. Another passion of Anna’s is music. She plays the guitar and the trumpet, is taking voice lessons and says that she enjoys learning all genres of music. In addition to loving the arts, Anna also enjoys science, especially biology, earth science, and oceanography. As a member of the National Honor Society, Anna has volunteered in various ways to serve her community and those less fortunate. In addition to academics, the arts, and community service, Anna also enjoys athletics, especially basketball, surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. Even with so much of her time devoted to being a well-rounded student, Anna also finds time to work part time as an assistant for a local real estate agent.
One of her teachers described Anna as one who “takes her education seriously. Her friendly personality and willingness to help and support others is an inspiration. She is a role model for the entire student body…a true asset to West Brunswick High School.”
(BAC Scholarship Award recipient Maggie Brown with BAC Director Mari-Lou Wong-Chong)
Maggie Brown will be attending Elon University to major in Journalism and English where she will continue with her love of writing and publications.
Maggie is an outstanding well-rounded academic student at Early College High School. She was Vice-President of Student Government; a tutor in the Writing Lab at BCC; editor of the literary magazine; member of the National Honor Society; editor of the yearbook; member of the Music Club singing and playing such instruments as the keyboard, guitar, ukulele, and the mandolin; a team member of Quiz Bowl; worker at International Sports Camp teaching Wilderness hiking classes; member of a mission trip to Washington, DC to serve in community outreach; Bible study teacher; church music leader; defense attorney for Teen Court at the Brunswick County Courthouse; elections’ poll worker; and a photographer for a magazine among other things.
One of her teachers described Maggie in this way: “Maggie is a talented singer and musician. She is heading on a path to inspire social change and her personality traits make her well-suited for this. She is always giving, always willing, and always positive.”