INSPIRE -- Scholarship Programs

2023 Patriotic Art Competition and Exhibition

2023 First Place
Dailey Schenck "from East to West Let Freedom Ring"
Charlotte Christian High School
1st Place 2023
2023 Second Place
Maya McAllister - "For My Family"
South Mecklenburg High School
2nd Place 2023
2023 Third Place
Caroline Parnsh - "Future Sam"
Charlotte Christian High School
3rd Place 2023
Five Honorable Mention pieces for 2023 (Left to Right):
Amelia Bonner "Vote Here" South Mecklenburg High School
Pearce McBee "The Greatest Gift" Gaston Christian High School
Kaya Shropshire "The 5 Pillars of Freedom" Charlotte Christian High School
Sumitra Nair "A Soldier's Hope" South Mecklenburg High School
Hannah Glandon "Choice to Serve" Gaston Christian High School
Exhibition in Founders Hall (100 North Tryon St) runs June 29 to July 5, 2023 and again around Veterans Day in November 2023.
Further Exhibition Details Forthcoming

Carolinas Freedom Foundation sponsors an annual Patriotic Art Competition and Exhibition offering a unique opportunity for visual arts students of Charlotte Area High Schools to apply creative skills and patriotic passions to produce artwork depicting what the "PATRIOTIC ART PROMPT" means to them.

Art Creation:  January 30 - April 24, 2023

Entries accepted April 24-28 only; no late entries.
Thank you for entering the Patriotic Art Competition and Exhibition (PACE)!
Please drop off entries to: 
American Red Cross - Attn: Lauren Bolen
                                               2425 Park Road, Charlotte NC 28203

This week on Monday April 24th through Thursday April 28th, please plan to leave all PACE entries with the Red Cross front desk attendant between 8am and 5pm. Tuesday is the most ideal day to drop off as I will be at Park Road all day.
The Red Cross is proud to partner with Carolinas Freedom Foundation and You!

Gratefully, Lauren Bolen   SAF & IS Regional Program Director
American Red Cross, Greater Carolinas Region
Cell 704.214.7234

Submit PACE entries to:
American Red Cross, Attn: Lauren Bolen, 2425 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28203 between 8am-5pm on April 24-28, 2023 ONLY. No late entries.  Required: attach entry form to back of each entry.

The patriotic theme for The Spring 2023 competition is:

Responsibility is the price of freedom

highlighting the value of responsibility.

Each year the theme highlights one of the values of Carolinas Freedom Foundation: Honor / Courage / Commitment / Industry / Responsibility / Respect / Humility. Elbert Hubbard, a 19th century American writer, likely had no concept of how profound his statement "Responsibility is the price of freedom"  would prove to be in the 21st century.

Entry Rules

Entries must interpret the theme from a patriotic perspective, be two dimensional and no larger than 18" x 24" and may include water color, pastel, oil, acrylic, charcoal, pen and ink, pencil, collage, and ORIGINAL photography or digital painting*. Submit the art in the best format to protect it for exhibition -- i.e. single board mounting or matting; photography/digital painting can also be submitted in a protective sleeve. No framed artwork or rolled artwork entries, only simple flat submissions ready for exhibition.

*Due to an overwhelming interest in submitting digital artwork for the scholarship program, we have decided to allow submissions of this type to be entered as long as they are accompanied with verification of originality from a teacher or guidance counselor. A high quality printed copy must be included for your submission.  Please note that any plagiarized submissions will be immediately removed from consideration and entrants banned from future submissions. In the future, we will continue to explore how this medium can be part of the competition so that we can be inclusive of all forms of art.


High School:
1st Place $1,000 scholarship,
2nd Place $500 scholarship,
3rd Place $500 scholarship,
5 Honorable Mentions (Bronze Medals)


Brittany Clark, CFF Vice Chair
and INSPIRE Scholarships Chair