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Winston Scholarships


The Winston Scholarships fund young candidates, ages 16-22, to assist in educational opportunities such as summer workshops and special studies in voice and visual art.  Applicants from our region are judged locally, and top contenders receive an avenue to win at the national level.



The Naomi Winston Scholarship in ART awards up to $5,000 for special training, private study or personal advancement in the applicant’s chosen art medium.  Young artists between the ages of 16-22 are invited to apply by submitting an application and images of five (5) art works done within the past two years.  Works must be 2-dimensional but photographs and computer graphics are excluded.  An application and specific eligibility and technical requirements and program suggestions may be found at NSAL's national web site. 

Applicants residing in North Carolina or Virginia south of Fredericksburg are required to submit their application with CD and prints by FEBRUARY 1st, 2018 to the VA/NC Chapter Chair:


Tara Little
1306 Blue Ridge Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22903


In 2013, Maria Camia, who lives in Richmond and is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University, was awarded $1,000 toward an apprenticeship at Bread & Puppet Theater, Glover, VT.

In 2014, the top prize of $2,000 for Visual Arts went to 18-years-old Megan Ward, for summer study in two dimensional portfolio development at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Richmond, VA. 

A second winner in the Visual Arts category was Ryan Johnson, aged 20.  Ryan was awarded $500 for study in lithograph techniques at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado.

If anyone doubts the potential of an NSAL award, just check out the website of  Stanley Rayfield to see how a 2008 chapter winner of the Winston Scholarship in Art went on to be the $5,000 national winner, thereby launching a successful career as an artist. 



The Shirley Rabb Winston Scholarship in VOICE awards up to $10,000 each year for applicants that demonstrate exceptional talent and promise of future success.  Young vocalists aged 16-22 should record a performance DVD from memory which reflects their proficiency.  The recording must be of studio quality and will be viewed by the judges on a DVD player (not a computer).  Applicants must present 3 vocal selections in contrasting styles, preferably from art songs, opera or oratorios.  One must be in English: duration 10 minutes. 

Further details and an application form can be found at NSAL's national web site. 

Applicants residing in North Carolina or Virginia south of Fredericksburg were required to submit applications by FEBRUARY 1, 2018 to the VA/NC Chapter Chair:

Pat Davis
445 Ivy Farm Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22901
In 2013,Vanessa Furideh Nighdi (soprano), who lives in Manassas, was awarded $1,200 toward private voice lessons. In 2014, Matthew White was awarded $900 which will allow him to study with Michael Heaston at Washington Opera and with Mitchell Cirker in New York City.