Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors

 S.T.A.R. Foundation Performing Arts Scholarship Awards 

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 once they are enrolled in college.  Scholarship awards are available for students having an interest in acting, musical theater, vocal and/or instrumental music,  related technical skills,  playwriting, or  performing arts management  in college or in an extracurricular program while enrolled in college.  Depending on available funds, students attending a two-year college normally receive $500. each year. Students attending a four-year college will receive $1000. per year. The awards will be announced at the end of each academic year.


HOW TO APPLY:  interested students must submit the following by April 30 of each year:

1)  A completed S.T.A.R. Foundation Scholarship application (see PDF file below with info sheet PDF under upcoming events)

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

3)  A letter 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.

Scholarship app template 16

May be submitted via email to

HOW IT WORKS:  If 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, 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