Since 1997, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance has awarded 27 Florence County students with the prestigious Betty Ann Darby Scholarship. This week, two more students have been added to the list of deserving recipients.
Haley Ard of Pamplico was recognized for her outstanding work in the visual arts. She will be attending Anderson University, majoring in Fine Arts. Ard demonstrates a strong passion for the arts, is a dedicated student and shows a strong desire to continue her pursuit of knowledge in her craft. Haley’s work shows skill in technical practices, color balance as well as compositional strength. She is a recent graduate of Hannah-Pamplico High School.
The second scholarship goes to Philip Rast. Since being cast in Florence Little Theatre’s production of “Oliver,” at the age of seven, Philip has been enthralled by the world of musical theatre. He gives credit to his church, Florence Baptist Temple, for instilling an appreciation of the arts in him. His most recent theatre production from an extensive list of performances was FLT’s “Les Miserables.” Rast, a graduate of South Florence High School, will be pursuing a BFA in musical theatre at Coastal Carolina University.
The Betty Ann Darby Scholarship Program is named in honor of one of South Carolina's most distinguished music educators. A member of the South Carolina Music Educator’s Hall of Fame, Ms. Darby served Florence Public School District One for 39 years as a much beloved and highly revered music administrator and music teacher. Since her retirement in 1987, Ms. Darby has embraced a broad array of volunteer activities in the arts community.
The Betty Ann Darby Scholarship Program awards two $1,000 scholarships each year to graduating seniors who will be pursuing advanced academic or professional degrees in an arts discipline or in arts education. To be considered, seniors must reside in Florence County or be graduating from a Florence County public or private high school. The Betty Ann Darby Scholarships are merit scholarships awarded predominantly on the basis of demonstrated talent, passion for the arts and intention to pursue a career in an arts discipline or in arts education. They are made possible by the generous support of Honda to the Florence Regional Arts Alliance.