The Staunton Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization that was founded to steward an historic theatrical venue in downtown Staunton for the purpose of presenting accessible arts, entertainment, cultural, civic, and educational experiences to patrons of all ages, abilities, and interests, and to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality in and around Staunton. The organization created PAC’n the Streets, a family-friendly, nostalgic street fair, in 2013 to help promote this vision. From the proceeds of this event, the organization created the Staunton Performing Arts Center Scholarship in 2016 to provide an educational opportunity to promising students who have demonstrated talent, perseverance, and passion for the performing arts.
The Staunton Performing Arts Center Scholarship is open to all high school seniors in good standing enrolled in an accredited high school (public or private) in Staunton, Waynesboro, or Augusta County who have participated in dramatic stage performances, either as a member of a cast or in a technical role (e.g., set and/or costume design, lighting, sound, directing, etc.), in an official school production this academic year and are interested in pursuing further enrichment and education in the performing arts.
- An eligible student must be a senior at an accredited high school in Staunton, Waynesboro, or Augusta County.
- An eligible student must have participated in dramatic stage performances, either as a member of a cast or in a technical role (e.g., set and/or costume design, lighting, sound, directing, etc.), in an official school production this academic year.
- An eligible student must have plans for a career or field of study in a performing arts curriculum.
- An eligible student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above.
- An eligible student must be a candidate for high school graduation at the end of the current academic year and plan to enroll at an accredited two or four year college/university in the Continental US the following academic year.
Selection Criteria Used by the Evaluation Committee
- Academic Merit which includes: Scholastic achievements, extra-curricular activities and/or sports, community involvement, leadership roles and demonstrated initiative.
- May consider financial need, but not required.
- One to three links or clips of videos of your stage experience.
- Personal essay of 750 words or less explaining why you are applying for this scholarship, what impact your experience with the theater has had on your life, and what role you envision theater playing in your life during and after college.
- The candidate will be selected by a Community Foundation-appointed scholarship selection committee for recommendation to the Community Foundation, in accordance with the Community Foundation’s Conflict of Interest Policy.
2019 Award Amount
March 5, 2019 (Online application will be available on December 1, 2018)
Please contact the Community Foundation at 540-213-2150 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and/or clarification.