Scholarship Winners 2017

Arts Council announces scholarships

Tedder, Utt & Carroll

Chase Tedder, Makayla Utt and Thomas Carroll

The Stokes County Arts Council announced six scholarship recipients Friday evening, March 31st, during the annual student art show at the Apple Gallery in Danbury.  This year, the impressive artwork spilled over into The Arts Place of Stokes. 

Following a wonderful program of music by the West Stokes Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of music director Ms. Lorena Schakel, and a solo alto saxophone performance by Mr. Jacob Shumate, senior at West Stokes High School, the attendees enjoyed refreshments and viewing this wonderful exhibit.

Stokes County Arts Council Secretary and Visual Arts Co-Chair Amanda Gordon awarded three scholarships for young aspiring artists, announcing a $1,250 scholarship for Miss Erin Kye, a $1,000 scholarship for Miss Tara Schiphof, and a $750 scholarship for Miss Jessica Bailey Tatum. 

Erin Kye, daughter of Mitchell and Betsy Kye, is a student at Guilford College and plans to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a drawing focus/ film minor.  Her career plan is to become an art professor at a small college.  She was a graduate of West Stokes High School in 2015.  Erin states” I have been so incredibly blessed with teachers and mentors in the arts my whole life.  I want to be that person to the next generation of artists!  Simply put, the arts haven’t just impacted my life, the arts are my life!”  Erin has also been active with community service projects such as Great Strides, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Guilford College Free Press, Guilford Day of Service and the Stokes County Arts Council.

Tara Schiphof, receiving award

Tara Schiphof

Tara Schiphof, daughter of Chris Schiphof and Melanie Oakley, is a student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and plans to obtain a Masters of Fine Arts with a concentration in ballet.  Her career plan is to become a professional dancer in a ballet company and later become a ballet instructor at the university level.  Tara states “People may forget the things you do for them, but they will never forget how you make them feel.  When I dance, I try to express my passion through my dance and relate that to the audience as much as possible.”  She further states “Community service has greatly impacted my life.  Providing community service not only makes me like I am helping someone, it gives me a sense of fulfillment.  Our lives can change in an instant and each of us never know when we will need our community to help us.”

Bailey Tatum, daughter of Steve and Kathy Tatum, is a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and plans to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design.  She was a graduate of West Stokes High School in 2014.    Bailey states “Art is something that I can actually say I will be happy doing for the rest of my life.  The arts program has enabled me to try my hand at everything from 3D and fibers projects, to figure drawing and my new favorite, photography.  Even when I am not in school, I find myself working on some arts-based project.”

Stokes County Arts Director Eddy McGee is proud to offer for the second year the Ben T. Vernon Community Service Award, aimed at community volunteers.

McGee states “Mr. Vernon has been a senior trustee of the Apple Foundation for many, many years.  His family originally came from the Sandy Ridge community and has supported the arts council for many years.  He has also helped fund senior special needs and Stokes Partnership for Children, as well as granted funding for community building renovations in Sandy Ridge, Lawsonville and Francisco.  Ben Vernon has been a tremendous supporter of Stokes County, so this award was created in honor of him.

Mr. McGee presented the 2017 Ben T. Vernon Community Service Award to three deserving students for their volunteerism in community service projects as well as many hours of volunteering with the Stokes County Arts Council.  Mr. Thomas Carroll received a $1,000 scholarship, Mr. Chase Tedder received a $1,000 scholarship and Miss MaKayla Utt received a $250.00 scholarship.

Thomas Carroll, son of Kyle and Dena Carroll, is a senior at South Stokes High School, pursuing a career as a neurologist or bio-statistician.  Thomas has been accepted by the University of Denver, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University.  Thomas states “Throughout my high school career, I have found that community service is beneficial to my personal and leadership development, specifically in building relationships, growing confidence, and becoming resourceful.  I continue to volunteer with the Arts Council and learn from the diverse network I have developed.  These are such a passionate group of people.  I hope I am able to impact peers and predecessors as much as the Stokes County Arts Council has impacted me.”

Chase Tedder, son of Jason and Nichole Tedder, is a senior at South Stokes High School, pursuing a career in natural resources/conservation.  Chase has been accepted by Rockingham Community College.  Chase states  “ Community service has impacted my life in various ways, helping me to meet new people and give back to a community that I am thankful to be a part of.  I have always been passionate about art and art has been consistent in my life, but the arts have impacted me so significantly in such a positive way that I would have not felt completed if I had not given back through community service, and more specifically through the Stokes County Arts Council.  I know all of these volunteer opportunities, experiences and friendships that I have developed through these efforts will stay with me as I continue my journey of educational and occupational success.”

MaKayla Utt, daughter of Chris and Jolene Utt, is a senior at North Stokes High School, pursuing a career in bio-chemistry/health science biology.  MaKayla has been accepted by High Point University.  MaKayla states “My parents encouraged me to seek out volunteer programs and job shadowing opportunities to help me discover my interests.  Through my first summer volunteer program at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, this sparked a fire in my heart, making me want to do more good and help others.”  MaKayla enjoys performing arts and has been active with programs sponsored by the Stokes County Arts Council, with lead rolls in theatre.  She has also volunteered as stage manager, voice coach, assisted with props, and helped with concessions to fundraise for the Arts Council. 

The Stokes County Arts Council is proud to award these scholarships, and we wish each recipient much success in their future endeavors.




[Please note Erin Kye and Bailey Tatum were unavailable to receive their award publically at the Student Art Show/Scholarship Award Program]