Brazos Valley College Scholarships

The Arts Council of Brazos Valley, through the generous support of local donors, awards multiple scholarships each year to deserving young artists in the Brazos Valley. Since 2010, The Arts Council of Brazos Valley has awarded over $80,000 in scholarship funds to deserving Brazos Valley High School seniors pursuing their dreams of a college degree and career in the arts!  We offer the:

In the the current year, The Arts Council of Brazos Valley will award over $20,000 in scholarship funding to help young artists achieve their dream of a college education and ultimately a successful career in the arts. We need your help to continue to grow this inspiring program! To make a designated scholarship gift today, contact or visit the donatation link:





College Art Scholarships

The College Arts Scholarship is open to all graduating High School seniors in Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington counties who will attend an accredited college or university with a course of study in the arts, culture, or heritage fields. Individual scholarship awards range from $3,000 to $5,200.



2021 Arts Council Scholarship Application is currently closed


2021 Recipients

  • Anderson Kurk: BM in Music Composition
  • Alex Roeder: Journalism
  • Callie Hanna: Visualization
  • Daniel Beck: Animation
  • Elizabeth Burns: Theatre Arts


 Netta Jackson Simek Emerging Artist Scholarship


Netta and John Simek made their home in Bryan and became involved in the community immediately after their marriage in 1992. Netta served The Arts Council of the Brazos Valley's Board of Directors in many capacities; this included serving as President and orchestrated several of our signature fundraising events. Together, Netta and John enthusiastically participated in, and were intregral to, successful and major events for MSC OPAS, The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley, The Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, and many others. Even when health did not permit her a more intense involvement, Netta, with John always by her side, continued to attend community arts events, showing her heartfelt support. 

In November 2015 and August 2016, the community lost both Netta and John, two of our most ardent arts supporters. The arts community in the Brazos Valley was greatly enhanced by the Simeks' philanthropy and active support. Brazos Valley and the community were deeply saddened by their passing. The Simeks truly loved the arts; Netta was particularly passionate about empowering and encouraging young women to take on leadership roles in the field. After Netta's passing in November, John approached The Arts Council with a generous leadership gift to perpetuate Netta's work in positively impacting the lives of women in our community. A new scholarship in her honor was established in July.

In memory of the Simek's dedication and lasting impact on the arts in the Brazos Valley, The Arts Council is honored to be the home of the Netta Jackson Simek Emerging Artist Scholarship. This scholarship has been awarded annually to one innovative young woman student since May of 2017. 



To participate in this scholarship, contact The Arts Council of the Brazos Valley at 979-696-2787

This scholarship is currently closed. 


2021 Recipiant

  • Lauren Moore: Musical Theatre