Performing Arts Scholarship

C. Herbert Brown, Jr.

The C. Herbert Brown, Jr. Performing Arts Scholarship Program was established in memory of founder, president, and director Herb Brown to help graduating high school seniors from the Arts Alive service areas of the Town of West Point, and the counties of King William, New Kent, and King and Queen.  This scholarship is open to students who wish to pursue a performing arts related career.  The performing arts shall include music (including voice), dance, or theatre.

Scholarship Information

C. Herbert Brown, Jr. was Arts Alive, Inc’s first president. Herb helped expand programming from performances in the Robinson/Olsson Civic Auditorium and Fine Arts Center to art exhibits and workshops, and children’s summer camps in drama and fine arts. A Gloucester native, Herb grew up playing the piano, and graduated with a piano major from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music at Dayton with a minor in voice.  He also earned a master’s degree in education from VCU.  After serving as the band and choral director at Middlesex High School, he moved to West Point High School to serve as the assistant principal and band and choral director in 1967.  He retired from West Point High School in 1993, but continued to share his talents by playing at weddings, parties, and other events, as well as serving as organist in many churches throughout the area. Herb’s love of children and music was evident to all who knew him, and this scholarship honors his life by honoring his loves.

Arts Alive, Inc. will award two scholarships for $1,000 each to a student enrolled in an accredited college or university for the 2023-2024 academic year as a full-time student taking 12 credit hours or more.  One scholarship will be awarded in music (includes voice) and one awarded in performance (includes dance or theatre).  The scholarship may not exceed the cost of education billed by the school. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the educational institution, and must be used in the year in which it is granted.

Scholarship Qualifications

Applicants must be planning to pursue a performing arts related career at a college or university, as well as have exhibited talent and passion for the performing arts during high school to apply.

Applicants will be evaluated on the following categories:

• Recommendations
• Application
• Personal statement

Deadline: April 1st

Completed application, personal statement, recommendations, and transcript must be received by 5 pm on April 1st, 2023.