Student Art Competition - Deadline May 10


High School Seniors and College Students - you could win one of ten, $1000 scholarships and have your artwork displayed in the offices of the national nonprofit STRIVETOGETHER.

GOAL:  A work of art inspired by“Trees” or “The Eyes of Your Enemy” by Christian Paige


o   Watch “Trees” at this link

o   Read the text of “Trees” at this link

o   Watch “The Eyes of Your Enemy” at this link

o   Read the text of “The Eyes of Your Enemy” at this link

CREATE: An original piece of art responding to either “Trees” or “The Eyes of Your Enemy”

A qualified judging panel will select up to ten (10) submitted works of art based on the following criteria:

 Creativity and aesthetics

 Ability to convey your interpretation of one of the spoken word poems

 The work’s ability to inspire change in communities to ensure the success of every child

SUBMIT: Scholarship application form with applicant information

o  A brief (3 min or less) video explaining the work of art: It does not need to be professionally recorded; a video from a phone, tablet or camera will suffice. The video should explain:

a. What are some themes you personally connect to when watching Christian’s spoken poem?

b. How did you express that in your work of art?

o    2‑5 photos of the work of art

o A two-part essay covering these two questions:

Question 1: What are your career goals? What are your current educational plans and how will they help you achieve your career aspirations? (500 words or fewer)

Question 2: What are some themes you personally connect to in your selected spoken word poem, “Trees” or “The Eyes of your Enemy”? How did you express that in your work of art?

o  Proof of intent to attend or current enrollment in a postsecondary institution for fall 2019 (e.g., a letter of acceptance from such postsecondary institution): Examples include a college acceptance letter, current postsecondary transcript showing expected graduation date or a postsecondary coursework schedule.

o A signature page (scanned separately)


Eligibility :** Spartanburg County students have already met qualification 2b because Spartanburg, SC is a StriveTogether community.

To be eligible to submit a work of art for the chance to receive a scholarship, students must:

1. Be a U.S. resident.

2. a) Be a current senior at a Qualifying High School or be enrolled as an undergraduate at a postsecondary institution (such as a university, college or community college) for classes in fall 2019. b)** That high school or postsecondary institution must be in a community where there is currently a StriveTogether partnership (see Application Form for a list of eligible communities).

3. Be willing to permanently donate their work of art to StriveTogether to be displayed in one of its offices.

4. Be willing to be featured in StriveTogether and local partnership communications.

5. Be willing to give a brief post-winning interview with the StriveTogether communications team for additional information.