MISSION: To foster cultural understanding through the enrichment and development of youth-related performing arts programs throughout Monterey County, California. 

S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support The Arts Regionally) was founded in 2009 to support youth-related theatrical arts throughout Monterey County. In the fall of 2013 it changed focus to include youth-related performing arts. Studies show that participation in, and expression through, the arts helps to develop a young person’s thinking skills and and social interactions. As the student’s awareness of his own identity and his environment are explored, his understanding of the world around him deepens. It is S.T.A.R. Foundation’s hope to better society by providing the stage whereby personal discovery can occur. Educational programs can be a vital vehicle for this growth. But, often times, the financial support for the continuity of these programs is either insufficient or not forthcoming. S.T.A.R. Foundation provides needed funding for the enrichment of arts programs currently existing in our schools and community organizations, and assists in developing new youth programs where there are none. It is the belief of the Board of Directors of S.T.A.R. Foundation that the power of self-discovery and identity is the key to cooperative societal interaction. Participation through positive multi-cultural performing arts programs is an important aspect in understanding all people and all ethnicities.

 

S.T.A.R. Foundation Grants

The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County supports youth-related performing arts activities in Monterey County. We provide support for programs operating under the umbrella of a non-profit organization in Monterey County, CA.. Our grants are designed to supplement existing programs by providing funding for capital technical expense (e.g., lighting, sound and musical equipment), augment instruction by providing guest artists/docents in acting, make-up, scenic, sound and lighting design, maintenance of musical instruments, scholarships, tuition relief, and more. We also fund reimbursement of discounted or free tickets for students and their families for local productions. Please note that the foundation does not fund salaries, operating costs or office/publicity materials. The Board of Directors will review requests and approve funding three times a year.  Board meetings take place normally in August/September, January/February and May/June. Please see “Guidelines for Grants” by clicking this link.  http://starfoundationmc.org/?p=981

The current application period is closed. Announcements will be made in early February.

Next deadline: May 10, 2016

 

 

February 2016 Grant Recipients Announced

STAR FOUNDATION Press release Feb 2016PDF-2

Application deadline: 2016 Performing Arts Scholarship- April 30.

DEADLINE April 30, 2016

S.T.A.R. Foundation Performing Arts Scholarship Awards for 2016-2017

The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support The Arts Regionally) Scholarship program exists to help graduating Monterey County high school seniors pursue their interest in the performing arts beyond the secondary school setting. Scholarship awards are available for students having an interest in acting, musical theater, vocal and/or instrumental music, related technical skills, playwriting, performing arts management in a college or in an extracurricular program. Depending on available funds, students attending a two-year college will receive $500. each year. Students attending a four-year college will receive $1000. per year. The awards will be announced at the end of the 2015-16 academic school year.

HOW TO APPLY: interested students must submit the following by April 30, 2016.

1) A completed S.T.A.R. Foundation Scholarship application  Scholarship app template 16

2) An essay of no less than 200, nor more than 400, words explaining your interests and experience in the performing arts.

3) Two letters of recommendation from your high school arts teacher and, if applicable, from a mentor/director in participation outside of school. Please make sure that the contact information of those submitting a recommendation on your behalf is included on your application.

May be submitted via email to susanne@starfoundationmc.org

HOW IT WORKS: Once chosen, students must submit:

Proof of registration as a full-time college student in a two or four-year program.
Proof of participation in performing arts-related course OR a letter from an extracurricular program.
At that time a the scholarship will be sent to the student. This is renewable for each of the four years of undergraduate education by submitting the same proof of participation each year and providing the student maintains a C average.

ATTENTION CURRENT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: You are eligible to receive the scholarship each year so please be sure to submit the proof listed above. You may do this via email to susanne@starfoundationmc.org

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Application deadline: 2016 Performing Arts Scholarship- April 30.

DEADLINE April 30, 2016 S.T.A.R. Foundation Performing Arts Scholarship Awards for 2016-2017 The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support The Arts Regionally) Scholarship program exists to help graduating Monterey County high school seniors pursue their interest in the performing arts beyond the secondary school setting. Scholarship awards are available for students having an interest in acting, musical theater, vocal and/or instrumental music, related technical skills, playwriting, performing arts management in a college or in an extracurricular program. Depending on available funds, students attending a two-year college will receive $500. each year. Students attending a four-year college […read more.]