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Art scholarship established at Delta State University in memory of Sammy Britt

The Sammy Britt Memorial Scholarship will support full-time Art students at Delta State University.

CLEVELAND, Miss. — Delta State University is pleased to announce the establishment of the Sammy Britt Memorial Scholarship for Art students, made possible by the generous contribution of Linda Britt in memory of her late husband, Sammy Britt.

Sammy Britt, a distinguished figure in the field of Fine Arts, dedicated 38 years of his life to nurturing budding artists at Delta State University. A graduate of the Memphis Academy of Art, he furthered his studies and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the University of Mississippi. Throughout his career, he passionately imparted his knowledge of painting and drawing to countless students, leaving an indelible mark on the artistic community.

Reflecting on her husband’s commitment to his students, Linda Britt said, “Sammy truly cared about each student he taught. He taught and practiced the art of seeing and painting color through the language of the limitless light keys of nature. Sammy’s profound dedication to capturing the beauty of God’s creation through his artistry inspired countless individuals.”

Sammy Britt’s illustrious career was punctuated by numerous accolades, including the Institute of Arts & Letters 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Visual Arts, the 2019 Delta State University Alumni Award, and The Kossman Outstanding Teacher Award at DSU in 2002.

Chair of the Art Department Cetin Oguz said, “We are honored to have a scholarship established in Sammy Britt’s name. Future students will benefit from this scholarship in pursuit of earning a degree in Art.”

The Sammy Britt Memorial Scholarship aims to support full-time Art students at Delta State University who maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher, exhibit financial need, and demonstrate exceptional artistic talent. Recipients must be sophomores or higher, including graduate students, and must display promise in their chosen field of study as recognized by their professors.

“Scholarships such as this encourage artistic talent and education,” said Oguz. “This scholarship can help cover expenses like tuition and materials, making art education more accessible.”

In memory of Sammy Britt, donations may be made to the Sammy Britt Memorial Scholarship through the online portal at or by mail to:

DSU Foundation
DSU Box 3141
Cleveland, MS 38733

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