Scholarship recipients share their thoughts

“Art, at its core, is the ultimate renewable expression of the human condition.” ~ Ian

“When I first started in the seventh grade, I saw acting as a way out. It was a way I could escape my problems, even if only for a few hours. Even now, despite being far more confident and far less self-conscious, acting still gives me that. It lets me abandon everyday life and the difficulties it brings by being on a stage.” ~ Josh

“In short, theater is my passion. For years, it’s driven me to creative heights, aided me in my quest for self-control, and allowed me to truly grow as a person.”~ Collin

“Nothing compares to that feeling when I know I have done my job evoking emotion from the audience and a chill goes down my spine. It is these experiences that have made theater an essential part of my life and what makes me the person I am today, and that is something I wouldn’t change for the world.”  ~Ryan

“The school plays have helped me develop in ways that I didn’t know that I could – particularly in the areas of self-confidence and expressing my thoughts and emotions.” ~Miguel

“My goal is to be able to continue to share my passion and love for the arts,and pass this onto others as a way of communicating, learning and making our communities a better place. Many kids now  seem to be unable to connect with something in life that is meaningful to others. I have seen how the arts can change a person’s perspective in life and the positive effects it has on the person.” ~ Lindsey

“It’s difficult to express in words how theatre has affected my life because it is my life. Frankly, I can’t remember a life without theatre; it is my past, present, and future. Show tunes are my hymnal; playwrights’ work, my bible. When I am onstage, I am home. To me there is no feeling more incredibly perfect that the stage lights hitting my skin, audience’s applause, the connection with my castmates. Theatre has not changed my dreams and aspirations; it is my dream and aspiration. From the way that I observe others, to myself- confidence on and off stage, a theatre person is simply who I am.”~ Lana

“But as I started acting more and more, I realized something. Acting is far more than just a pastime or a hobby. It’s a service. We all have problems. We all have inner demons and issues we want to forget. And that’s why we all go to pay hard earned money to watch a play or a movie. Just like the bullied kid I was trying to leave behind, everyone wants leave their own troubles behind, and just like an actor becoming a character and inheriting that character’s life, the audience goes along for the ride, laughing for the characters’s joys, weeping for their cares, fearing for their futures. Just like me, acting gives solace to a weary and fearful people, even if only for a few hours.” ~Josh


Application deadline: 2021 Performing Arts Scholarship- May 15

THE S.T.A.R. FOUNDATION IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP REQUESTS  SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION S.T.A.R. Foundation Performing Arts Scholarship Awards for 2021-2022 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 prog ram. Depending on available funds, students attending a two-year college […read more.]