Martinsville, Virginia


Applications are now open for Piedmont Arts scholarships

By: Lauren Brooke Ellis | Programs and Public Relations Coordinator

January 4, 2024


Piedmont Arts is thrilled to announce that they will once again be offering two prestigious scholarships for area art students. Eligible students are those who are attending or graduated from a high school in Martinsville or Henry County and are attending college to study visual or performing arts. Applications must include a personal statement, an academic transcript, letters of recommendation, and a portfolio or audition. More information about the scholarships and the applications can be found on Applications are due on April 30, 2024 by 5 p.m. Interviews and auditions will be held on May 8, 2024. Questions about the scholarships should be directed to Education Coordinator Christiana Jarrett at

Named in honor of famed portrait artist Nicodemus Hufford, the Hufford Memorial Scholarship is available to high school seniors who plan to pursue a degree in the visual or performing arts. Members of Piedmont Arts' Scholarship Committee determine the number and amount of yearly awards based on their evaluation of the applicant interviews, portfolios or auditions, and information contained in applications. Up to $1,000 is available to Hufford Memorial Scholarship awardees.

The Harold Knowlton Work Memorial Art Scholarship was established by Julia Ascough Work in her husband’s name to help students pursuing a degree in the arts continue their higher education studies. This scholarship is available for rising college sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The Works shared a lifelong passion and respect for education and the arts. This generous memorial scholarship will ensure that their legacy of learning and imagination lives on by supporting the artists of future generations. Members of the Piedmont Arts Scholarship Committee determine the number and amount of awards based on their evaluations of the applicants' auditions, transcripts, personal statements, and letters of recommendation. Up to $2,500 is available for Work Memorial Scholarship awardees.