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.
WINNERS FROM PAST FEW YEARS
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