S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support Theater 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 all 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 theater programs currently existing in our schools and community theaters, 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
We provide support for youth related programs in the performing arts in Monterey County primarily through our granting process. Our grants are designed to supplement existing programs by providing funding for technical equipment (e.g., lighting, sound and musical equipment) and augment instruction by providing guest artists/docents in acting, make-up, set, sound and lighting design. We also will fund programs providing discounted tickets for students and their families for local productions. There is no application process. The Board of Directors will entertain ideas and approve funding.
S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County is a major donor to the Monterey Symphony event – the opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors”. Executive Director Reg Huston suggested the project and now it has come to fruition.
S.T.A.R. Foundation High School Theater Scholarship Awards for 2014-15
The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support Theater Arts Regionally) Theater Scholarship program exists to help graduating high school seniors pursue their interests in the performing arts beyond the secondary education setting. Scholarship awards are available for theater students having an interest in acting, technical skills, writing, management, etc., whether in a college or community theater program. The awards will be given at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year.
To apply, interested students must submit the following by March 31, 2014:
1) A completed S.T.A.R. Foundation Scholarship application (see PDF file below with info sheet PDF).
2) An essay of no less than 200, nor more than 400, words explaining your interests and experience in the theater arts.
3) A letter of recommendation from your high school theater teacher and, if applicable, from a theater 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.
The range of scholarship awards will depend upon the number of qualified applications received and the amount of scholarship money in the fund. Individual awards are granted to a maximum of $1000. To receive funding after notification of the award, the recipient must produce proof of involvement in theater at their college in the Fall. This proof can be in the form of a copy of one’s class registration, or a letter from the theater department’s chair/instructor or community theater director. The scholarship is renewable for four years of undergraduate work, at which time, the recipient may ask for graduate assistance. Each award will be considered on an individual basis and be subject to funds available.
To secure an application, either request one by writing to S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County, P.O. Box 2538, Salinas, CA 93902; send an E-mail request to Susanne Mentzer, Administrator at email@example.com; or downloading, printing, completing and returning the PDF file below.
Scholarship Application: Printable PDF Application
Scholarship Info Sheet: CovLet