FAC Weekly Update

January 6, 2023

Good Afternoon, FAC Family

Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed the holiday break and have had a smooth transition back to the daily routine. We are back to work, wrapping up the end of semester 1 and getting ready for the start of semester 2. The performance calendar is quieter than usual for the months of January and February, but things start to heat up again in March. One date to remember - please mark your calendar for the second annual FAC downtown showcase, Elevate 2023. Details in the image below, and ticket information will be available soon.

Here’s the latest from the halls of the FAC…

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This Week's Student Leadership Lesson


What makes people want to follow a leader? The answer lies in the character qualities of the individual person.

Do you know whether you have what it takes to become a great leader? The kind that attracts people and makes things happen? If you took the time to really look at yourself deep down, would you find the qualities needed to live out your boldest dreams, the ones so big that you've never shared them with anybody? These are questions that each of us must have the courage to honestly ask - and answer - if we want to achieve our real potential.

Dr. John C. Maxwell - The Maxwell Daily Reader; page 8 (January 6)

Upcoming Calendar Reminders

Please note that there is no school for students on Friday, January 13 (teacher workday) and Monday, January 16 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day).

Bank of America Student Leaders Program

Bank of America is inviting students to apply for the Student Leaders® program. The program recognizes and supports high school juniors and seniors that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to their communities. Awardees will receive a paid summer internship with nonprofit community organizations and participate in the weeklong Student Leaders Summit in Washington, DC in July. Two students will be selected to represent the Upstate from Greenville County. The deadline to apply is next Friday, January 13th. For more information on Student Leaders please go to www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders.

Reminders from the Last Update

Summer Arts Intensives - Request for Financial Support

Each year, we have a number of current FAC students who choose to spend their summer months expanding their artistic horizons at a summer arts intensive program. These programs can be located locally or across the nation - for more information on recommended programs, please have your child speak with their FAC Instructor.

The FAC Partners will once again offer financial assistance to students in grades 9-11 who have been accepted into Summer Intensive Programs for their area of study at the FAC. Students who apply for financial assistance must be committed to attending the FAC next year. Recipients will be chosen first by financial need (as determined by P.I.P. status) and then by merit (Grade Point Average), with teacher input into the student's performance also being a factor. You will need to provide proof of acceptance into the program/camp (email or hard copy) along with the submission of the form. The form is due Thursday, March 16, 2023, and can be accessed at the following link - https://forms.gle/pWjKiqTxcisxBWf37.

Please note - the form should be completed by the student via their GCS Google Account. Call or email us with any questions.

FAC Application - Open Until 1.27.23

The application to attend the Fine Arts Center for the 2023-2024 School Year is now open via the GCS Student Backpack account. All current FAC students must re-apply for next year - please take care of this now so that it does not fall off your radar.

FAC students do not need to re-audition for their current program - we assess their qualifications through their daily class performance, on-time submission of assignments, and demonstration of progress via grades. Should a current FAC student wish to apply for a different area of study, they will need to go through the audition process for that program. A student who is in good standing with their current program does not need to worry about "losing their spot" if they audition for (and accept an offer from) a new program, as long as they make certain to re-apply for their current program.

FAC Students Performing in the Community

Ellie Rogers to Open for Edwin McCain

FAC Jazz Studies student Ellie Rogers (Emma Bass) will be the opening act for Edwin McCain at the Peace Center on February 14! Tickets can be purchased at https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/edwin-mccain-23.

Ellie can also be heard in the community at the following venues:

  • Smiley’s Greenville with Charles Hedgepath; Tuesday the 10th, 7:30-8:45
  • Growler Haus - Village of W. Greenville; Friday 13th , 7-10
  • Red Horse Inn - Landrum, SC; Saturday 14th, 5-8
  • Fountain Inn Taproom; Saturday 21st, 7-10


Scholarship Opportunities for FAC Seniors


Students may log on to https://www.schoolinks.com/ to access a comprehensive scholarship list. Click on “Finances” and “Scholarship Matching.”

Horatio Alger Association—seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength in character, critical financial need ($50,000 or less adjusted gross income per family), good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education and a desire to contribute to society. www.horatioalger.org/scholarships Opens: December 1, 2022

Kitty Moss Fairey Trust Fund Scholarship – Must attend SC college or university. GPA 3.0. Based on financial need. Income not to exceed $40,000. https://www.csascholars.org/incapp/indexcss_std.php# Deadline: January 9, 2023

RON BROWN SCHOLAR PROGRAM Amount: $10,000/year, renewable. Requirements: African-American high school seniors who excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need, must plan to attend a 4-year University. https://ronbrown.org/about/about-rbsp/ Deadline: January 9, 2023

VSA International Young Soloists Award: Calling all musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25! Each year outstanding young musicians from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to participate in professional development and performance opportunities provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/opportunities-for-artists/competitions-and-commissions/vsa-international-young-musicians/ Deadline: January 18, 2023

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp Scholarship: National Scholarship selectees (Navy, Nurse and Marine Options) must attend and complete New Student Indoctrination during the summer (during July) prior to reporting to their assigned Unit. The NROTC scholarship is merit based and, once activated, minimum levels of academic, aptitude, and physical fitness performance are required to maintain the scholarship. https://www.netc.navy.mil/Commands/Naval-Service-Training-Command/NROTC/Requirements/ Deadline: 1/31/23

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations is a non-academic cash prize ($1,000) for high school students who have done work to advance racial equity in their high schools or communities. We select a winner from 29 different regions around the country, and in addition to the cash prize, winners attend an all-expenses-paid symposium on racial justice and advocacy at Princeton University in the spring. The application is open now until January 31, 2023. More information can be found here or on the Princeton Prize in Race Relations website: https://pprize.princeton.edu/

James F. Byrnes Foundation - $4500 each year for four years. One or both parents must be deceased, South Carolina resident, pursue a bachelor’s degree, satisfactory academic record, need for financial assistance. www.byrnesscholars.org. Deadline: February 1, 2023

The Wofford Department of Art and Art History is excited to announce the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Fine Arts Scholarship, which provides for approximately a third of tuition costs over four years. This substantial scholarship is designed both to recognize the work of serious studio artists and to facilitate their continued artistic and academic growth throughout their Wofford careers. Prospective first-year Studio Art majors planning to matriculate in Fall 2023 may apply to receive this scholarship, which can be combined with any other scholarships they may receive. To apply, please follow this link to find instructions on submitting a portfolio before the February 1st deadline https://www.wofford.edu/admission/scholarships/art-and-art-history-scholarship

Watson-Brown Foundation - Provides need and merit based scholarships to select Georgia and South Carolina students attending accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The scholarships are renewable in amounts of $3000 and $5000. Details at www.watson-brown.org. February 8, 2022

The SCAD Challenge 2-D Scholarship Competition is offered to current juniors and seniors in high school. Entrants may use any traditional 2-D medium; digital works are not permitted. Winners will be notified in March. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. https://www.scad.edu/admission/financial-aid-and-scholarships/scholarships/scad-challenge Deadline: February 13, 2023

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is announcing the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers public school twelfth-grade students the opportunity to compete for a scholarship worth approximately $2,000 in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program information is available on the SCDE website. Applications are due February 20, 2023.

Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $30,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. https://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm Deadline: February 20. 2023

Silver Pen writing competition is hosted through Cascades Verdae and is open to high school seniors that attend school within a 25 mile radius of the Cascades Verdae. To apply, you must write a 1000 word essay on the assigned topic. silverpen-slc.com Deadline: February 21, 2022

Is your child performing in the Greenville community?

Please email Mr. Popat with information. We would be happy to publicize performances from all of our local arts organizations!



  • Friday, January 13 - No School for Students; teacher work day
  • Monday, January 16 - No School for Students or Staff; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Thursday, January 19 - SEL for AM students; topic = Grit
  • Wednesday, February 8 - Parrini Trio Concert; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall

  • Wednesday, February 15 - FAC Jazz All-Stars at Genevieve's; 7:30 p.m., Peace Center

  • Wednesday, February 22 - Tri-M Music Honor Society Recital; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall

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