To all potential applicants,

Thank you for expressing interest in applying for the  Grammie Jan Student Art Scholarship.

We are extremely thrilled and excited to be able to offer this scholarship for the second time.


All applications and necessary documents need to be post-marked or electronically submitted by

Saturday, September 1, 2021.   If you have any questions, please send them to

[email protected].

Good luck!



Beverly Thomas Jenkins

Scholarship Trustee and daughter of Grammie Jan

The Grammie Jan Student Art Scholarship

The Grammie Jan Student Art Scholarship

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to an eligible student pursuing their art education.

Awards: $850.00 to be applied towards school tuition and fees

 **Please note that funds will be disbursed directly to the educational institution in the student’s name.

General Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S.
  2. Must be either a high school senior or a college student currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. vocational, junior college, or four-year college/university and must be a full- time, degree seeking student by the upcoming academic calendar year and pursuing a major or minor in the Fine Arts, focused on (painting, glass, sculpture, drawing, etc.)
  3. Community Service, extracurricular, or other activities (have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community)
  4. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted)


Selection Criteria:

Selection is based on a rating system judged in five major categories. The candidate with the highest combined cumulative points will receive the scholarship. These categories are:

  1. Quality of content submission (essay and artistic portfolio)
  2. Academic performance must be included
  3. Leadership/community service experience and contribution must be noted
  4. Two letters of recommendation (from Teacher, Employer, Community Leader, Church - To be sealed with signature and mailed to 103 Franklin Ave. Jonesborough TN, 37659.
  5. Phone/in-person committee interview (may only be needed if there is a close race)

Completed applications are due post-marked by September 1, 2021.

Purpose and Commentary from the Trustee:

To provide financial assistance and promotion of high school graduates who have exhibited exemplary leadership, vision, and passion that is blazing a trail for others to follow and changing lives in their community and in the art community.  

Our mother, Jan E. Dowden was an amateur artist.  She passed in 2014 and with her passing, her love of art and helping others has remained utmost in our hearts.  She was an inspiration to myself and my two siblings as well as those in the communities in which she lived.  She was born in San Antonio, Texas to a middle class, blue collar mother and father.   Her upbringing was a simple and ordinary one, but along the way she was always devoted to the communities she lived in, helping others and taking local art classes when available.  These art classes were a respite for her, making her feel validated and somehow more grounded.  With the help of my community, myself and my siblings, this scholarship is lovingly dedicated to her, our precious mother.

Award: $850.00 to be applied toward school tuition and fees **Please note that funds will be disbursed directly to the educational institution in the student’s name.


Please submit this form and all scholarship components with your art work samples via this form.  Please make sure all documents are word documents or in pdf form.  Photos are to be in JPEG form only.  

By checking this box, applicant understands and agrees to all policies, terms, and conditions, included in the GJSAS (Grammie Jan Student Art Scholarship) general eligibility requirements as well as specific requirements of the scholarship. Additionally, applicant warrants that all materials submitted are true and correct to the extent of their knowledge. Further, applicant agrees to waive all claims and releases the Town of Jonesborough, The McKinney Center and the GJSAS including its members, volunteers, and board of directors, from any liability or causes of action that may arise as well as a result of participating in the Grammie Jan Student Art Scholarship process as well as for any information submitted to Beverly Thomas Jenkins, Scholarship Trustee.

Basic Information Requirements

Essay and Portfolio

Essay Requirements:

250 words or more, double spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman

Topics for your essay:

  • Tell us about yourself
  • Tell us why this scholarship would help you
  • How can (your) art affect change in a community?
  • When did you begin being interested in art and practicing art (how long) and what got you interested?

Artistic Portfolio

For the art work in your portfolio submission, please only submit up to five art pieces.  Please do not submit website portfolios, photos.  Photos of specific pieces you have created are required.

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