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Alliance establishes scholarship at UNG
Among those taking part in scholarship agreement signing were seated, from left, Richard D. White, chairman of the UNG Foundation, and Linda Roberts-Betsch, chair of the Forsyth County Arts Alliance; and standing, from left, alliance board members Laura Pate, Trevor Riedinger, Carla Beasley and James McCoy. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

CUMMING — The Forsyth County Arts Alliance’s board of directors recently established an endowed scholarship at the University of North Georgia for Forsyth students pursuing art or art education.

Richard D. White, chairman of the UNG Foundation, expressed gratitude to the alliance for "creating this wonderful opportunity for students."

"We are delighted that our good partners at the Arts Alliance have chosen to make an investment in the lives of students in Forsyth County through the establishment of this scholarship endowment at UNG," he said in a statement.

The arts alliance works to ensure the arts are sustained through advocacy, cultivating public participation and creating partnerships between the artistic, business and cultural communities in the Cumming-Forsyth area.

The scholarship fund was announced in March at the UNG Scholarship Ball, which raised $340,498 of the $1 million the university collected for student scholarships during the previous year.

Linda Roberts-Betsch, who chairs the alliance and is a former vice president of academic affairs at UNG, said in a statement that the scholarship endowment was “a natural extension of our long-term relationship with UNG as we have supported excellent arts programming for years."

"The board felt strongly they wanted to support a Forsyth student majoring in the arts at UNG,” she said.

Previous support from the alliance includes two grants totaling $15,000 in 2013 to support music and visual arts at the college.

The grants provided the opportunity for students and members of the Cumming community to broaden their knowledge of art and music through partnerships between the university and other groups.

The new scholarship will be available for students in the 2015-16 academic year. Recipients must be a graduate of a Forsyth County high school and major in art education or music education in their junior or senior year.

Those interested can apply for the scholarship through the college’s office of financial aid.