The National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) Body Roller extends its support through a pair of scholarships named after the distinguished Naomi Winston. These scholarships, titled “The Naomi Rabb Winston Scholarship in Two-Dimensional Art” and “The Shirley Rabb Winston Scholarship in Classical Voice,” stand as a testament to her legacy.
These scholarships are a beacon of opportunity for budding visual artists aged 16 to 22 every year. These artists showcase exceptional talent and promise a bright artistic future. A maximum of $5,000 is granted to each deserving candidate.
The scholarship funds are designated for personal advancement within the artistic domain—enabling private study, specialized training, and overall growth within the applicant’s chosen artistic path. It’s a wonderful chance for young artists to nurture their talents and flourish under the NSAL Body Roller’s support.
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The NSAL Body Roller, a part of the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL), is a nonprofit group rooted in American history since its inception in 1944. Initially established as a women’s organization, its purpose was to nurture and support the growth of young artists with potential. Through art competitions, scholarships, and various career prospects, the NSAL aimed to provide a helping hand to those on the path of creativity.
Over time, the organization recognized the value of inclusion, welcoming men into its folds. This inclusive move proved to be invaluable, adding a diverse and enriching dimension to the NSAL’s mission. At the heart of their activities lies the National Career Awards Competition, an annual event that takes place within one of several categories: visual arts, dance, theater, literature, music, or musical theater.
Entrants in the National Career Awards Competition embark on a journey that starts at the local chapter level. Here, they vie for a series of monetary prizes that serve as both recognition and motivation for their dedication to their craft. The NSAL is committed to nurturing young musical talents, offering financial support, guidance, master classes, training, and avenues to build a sustainable artistic career. Through these efforts, the NSAL Body Roller is truly an ally to aspiring musicians, providing them with the tools they need to flourish in their creative endeavors.
Level/Field of Study
Students can apply for scholarships if they are engaged in private study, pursuing special training, or seeking personal growth within their chosen artistic field.
The scholarship takes place in the USA.
The scholarship is available to students who are US citizens.
The scholarship values hold significant importance. Students chosen by NSAL chapters can compete on the national stage every spring. Around eight to ten scholarships are granted here, with the monetary rewards differing and reaching a maximum of $5,000.
These scholarships aid private study, specialized training, or personal growth within the applicant’s artistic or vocal journey. This could involve workshops, voice coaches, summer programs, and more. However, it’s important to note that these funds are not meant for college tuition, housing, or travel expenses.
Recipients of these scholarships are provided a window of 15 months to utilize the awarded funds. This time frame ensures they can make the most of this valuable support for their artistic endeavors.
To meet this scholarship’s requirements, the candidate must fulfill certain criteria. Here’s what’s expected:
1. Citizenship: The candidate must be a citizen of the United States.
2. Age Range: The candidate should be at least 16 years old and no older than 22 by February 1, 2024. This age range ensures that young artists with great potential are given the opportunity to shine.
3. Previous Scholarships: Candidates who have already received a Winston Scholarship in Two-Dimensional Art or Classical Voice in the past are not eligible to apply. This ensures that new talents have a chance to benefit.
In addition to these requirements, there are specific documents that will need to be submitted to support the application:
1. Proof of Citizenship: Copies of birth certificates or naturalization documents need to be included with the application. This step verifies the candidate’s eligibility.
2. For Art Scholarship: the applicant must provide images of their recent artwork if applying for the art scholarship. These should be in high-quality jpeg format and should include five (5) pieces created within the last two years. This gives the selection committee a glimpse of the artist’s creative prowess.
3. For Voice Scholarship: A high-quality video is required for those aiming for the voice scholarship. This video should feature three (3) vocal selections from opera, art song, or oratorio. The candidate needs to ensure that the video is good quality and well-prepared.
4. Video Upload: The video should be uploaded to YouTube if applying for the voice scholarship. Identifying oneself by name only, without revealing personal information, is important. Additionally, in the video description, the candidate should list the titles of the performed songs and their respective composers.
By adhering to these requirements and submitting the necessary documents, the candidate increases their chances of being considered for this valuable scholarship opportunity.
To apply for both scholarships (Art & Voice), the candidate can download the application form from the link provided:
Both candidates (Art & Voice) can mail and email their completed applications with a copy of the birth certificate and a CD or flash drive with five artworks, prints of the artworks / the link to your YouTube video uploaded to an NSAL Chapter.