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The Arts Council of Moore County is accepting applications for the Barnes-Travis Arts Scholarship that awards funds to Moore County middle and high school students with a demonstrated talent and career interest in the arts.

Last year, $6,880 was awarded to 10 students to attend such programs as the Rockette’s Summer Intensive in New York City, UNC School of the Arts Summer Dance Intensive, Appalachian State University’s Summer Music Camp, Burklyn Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, and to take private music lessons. This year’s application deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017.

As a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation, ACMC started the scholarship in 2000 with seed money donated by the families and friends of the late Harry Barnes and Vaud Ancil Travis, III, two long-time and strong supporters of the Arts Council of Moore County and the arts throughout Moore County.

Additional funds have been created in someone’s honor or memory. These funds include:

• Carol Lawson Rouhier Visual Art Scholarship – In memory of Moore County artist and longtime Arts Council member, Carol Lawson Rouhier, this scholarship is awarded to visual arts applicants.

• Sara Schrock Theatre Scholarship – In memory of actor, Sara Schrock, this scholarship is awarded to theatre applicants.

• Laine Lea Classical Ballet Scholarship – In honor of Laine Lea, this scholarship is awarded to applicants who wish to study classical ballet and reside in Moore County.

Scholarship applications are available at ACMC offices (Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines), and for download on ACMC’s website, The eligibility requirements for this scholarship are as follows:

• Applicant must have a demonstrated interest and talent in at least one arts discipline.

• Applicant must be registered, or in the process of registering, to attend an arts program or to take private art lessons. These funds are NOT for college attendance or tuition.

• Applicant must be in grades 6–12 and attending a Moore County (NC) middle or high school.

• Applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

If you know a talented middle or high school student who could benefit by attending a music camp or taking private art or music lessons, please encourage them to apply.

If you would like to help our scholarship fund grow so that more students can pursue the arts in the future, the scholarship fund is a convenient way to support the Arts Council. Cash gifts, appreciated securities, real estate, testamentary gifts, insurance policies, charitable remainder trusts are among the many gift-giving possibilities which will help to support the growth of this fund.

For additional information on the Barnes-Travis Arts Scholarship, contact ACMC at 910-692-ARTS (2787) or

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