ï»¿The 2011 Sarah P. Trumbower Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Clarke County High School senior William E. Wallace by the Clarke County Historical Association (CCHA). The Association gives the $5,000 award annually to a deserving student who will be majoring in the fine arts at the university level.
The Trumbower Scholarship was established in 2004 to commemorate Sarah “Sally” Trumbower, who served as the CCHA President for 15 years and was a founder of the Art at the Mill show, now in its 21st year. A portion of the proceeds from the semi-annual show helps fund the scholarship.
Since 2004, CCHA has awarded $28,750 in scholarship money through this fund.
Mr. Wallace was one of two exceptional candidates who applied for the scholarship. He presented an in-depth scope of work, including watercolors, acrylics and wire sculpture, coupled with an infectious passion for art.
“I’ve been making art since I was a little kid,” Billy said. “And I just try to have fun with every piece I do.”
Wallace’s enthusiasm was apparent in the very expressive pieces he presented to the selection committee. He also displayed his work at the student art show, led by CCHS IB Art teacher Kathy Campbell and held at the Burwell-Morgan Mill late last month.
Wallace carries a 3.8 grade point average, was voted “Most Talented Senior” by his peers, works part-time at Costco, and has participated in track & field, soccer, and as a middle school art mentor.
Billy Wallace will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Art this fall where he plans to pursue a major in the Fine Arts and an additional certification in arts education. He says he “will always make art, no matter what” and eventually would like to become a high school art teacher.
He is the son of Lorie and William Wallace of Berryville, Virginia.