The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) marked the 10th anniversary of the Naomi McCracken Scholarship by awarding scholarships to two Bluffton High School art students.
This year’s winners — Lindsay Hyer and Jacob Ryan — received a total of $3,000. Lindsay received a $2,000 scholarship and plans to attend Southern Virginia University and major in art. Jacob, who received $1,000, plans to attend the College of Charleston and major in graphic arts.
Naomi McCracken was one of the founding members of SoBA. When Naomi passed away in 2006 her family requested that in lieu of flowers donations should be made to SoBA. In the spring of 2007, her son, Emmitt McCracken, and Dave Dickson, then president of SoBA, established the scholarship program for a graduating senior who planned to further their studies in the field of art.
With the help and collaboration of Andrea Pejeau, Department Chair Fine Arts at Bluffton High School, art students are selected to apply for the scholarship. The students must write a personal statement on why they feel they deserve the scholarship and then be interviewed by the SoBA scholarship committee.