The Lincoln Community Foundation is a grant funder in Lincoln, Nebraska dedicated to managing financial donations to support community programs, projects, and organizations. The Foundation manages the collection of financial gifts, both high-level and low-level, and manages the distribution of those financial gifts to charitable organizations within the community working towards the overall success of Lincoln. The Foundation manages over $100 million to support these local organizations.
In addition to their roles as grant funders, the Lincoln Community Foundation also supports the community of Lincoln in many other ways, including providing resources and pertinent research to support nonprofit management as well as offering several scholarships for students hoping to receive a college education. In 2016, the Lincoln Community Foundation managed over 70 scholarship opportunities that were received by 227 students in the Lincoln area. These scholarship awards total over $325,000.
One such scholarship is the Haymarket Gallery Emerging Artists Scholarship. Haymarket is a unique and historic market square area in Lincoln, Nebraska that provides the city and community with excellent local shopping, dining, and tourism opportunities. Art is an essential piece to Haymarket’s history and vision. Featured in Haymarket is the Burkhold Art Studio & Galleries, also known as the Burkholder Project. This project is a collection of 36 art and design studios in Haymarket spread across loft apartments and three levels of galleries. All the spaces are connected by an atrium, and those visiting can enjoy looking at the process behind the pieces in the artist studios as well as finished products in the galleries. Because art is such a central and unique part to Haymarket and the Lincoln community, the Haymarket Gallery Emerging Artists Scholarship is a way for the community to support up-and-coming talent and artists who will eventually contribute to the community’s artistic diversity after receiving their arts education.
Those interested in applying for the Haymarket Gallery Emerging Artists Scholarship must be a current graduating senior or undergraduate student. Additionally, the student must be attending a public or private high school in Lincoln or Lancaster County, Nebraska or a current college in either of the previously mentioned counties in Nebraska. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens. A final eligibility requirement is that those interested in applying for this scholarship must plan to enroll or must currently be enrolled in an accredited art program at a qualifying institution of higher education.
Those applicants who fit the above eligibility requirements for the Haymarket Gallery Emerging Artists Scholarships will need to submit an online application. Applicants will also need to submit a letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to their artistic abilities and potential. Finally, applicants should include three 4 x 6 inch photos of their recent works of art. If possible, these photographs should feature three different works of art. An explanation of each included photograph is required, and applicants should be sure to include the title and a description of the piece as well as an explanation of what medium they used to create the piece and the actual size of the piece.
Those judging the applications also require the applicant to submit a statement that explains how they were inspired to create the artistic pieces they are submitting for the scholarship, including the overall conceptual vision of the projects and the personal meaning and connection to the applicant.
The winner of the Haymarket Gallery Emerging Artists Scholarship will receive a $450 scholarship to use towards their artistic education endeavors. This award is non-renewable. There will be one winner of this scholarship each year.
Application Deadline and How to Apply
Applications for the Haymarket Gallery Emerging Artists Scholarship will open along with the other approximately 70 scholarships that are managed by the Lincoln Community Foundation in January 2017. Scholarship guidelines and details as well as deadlines will be available on the Lincoln Community Foundation website.