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Chapman Cultural Center Awards the Mary Wheeler Davis Scholarship to Three Students

July 26, 2018 | Features

Mary Wheeler Davis Scholarship

Chapman Cultural Center is proud to award the Mary Wheeler Davis Scholarship to Natalie Long, Olivia Woodall, and Lauren Russell. The scholarship fund is a component fund of The Spartanburg County Foundation and is awarded to High School Seniors who will be pursuing undergraduate degrees in the performing or visual arts. 

Long, a student of Oakbrook Prep, received a scholarship of $1,500 and plans to study dance. Woodall, who attends Oakbrook Prep, and Russell from Spartanburg High School, were both awarded a scholarship of $750. Woodall is pursuing a Musical Theater BFA and a career in acting while Russell plans to study digital art with ambitions of working in animation

“I decided I wanted to major in dance when I realized that no major could bring me anywhere near as much happiness and fulfillment,” said Long. “My career goal is to dance commercially. The commercial dance industry is extremely competitive and I think majoring in dance will help me improve upon my foundation."

Mary Wheeler Davis felt her purpose in life was to improve the quality of life for others, especially to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of all citizens of Spartanburg County. The family of Mary Wheeler Davis has created a special trust as a memorial to her to be devoted primarily to the promotion of the arts in Spartanburg County by means of scholarships for studies in the performing and visual arts.

Congratulations to our two awardees! If you are interested in applying for next year or want to learn more, click here.

If you would like to help us continue funding our Mary Wheeler Davis Scholarship, please contact Education Director, Ava Hughes, or donate online today

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