Scholarships and Grants
One of the goals of The Classic Center Cultural Foundation is to support the youth in our community in their continuing study of the arts. One of the ways we achieve this is by awarding annual performing arts scholarships to local high school students and a culinary scholarship to individuals seeking to pursue culinary arts education full-time.  The Cultural Foundation also provides funds back to the school arts program of each scholarship recipient. 

The due date for 2021 scholarship applications has passed.  Please check back for scholarship recipient announcements.  

2019-2020 Scholarship Recipients

Vivian Hilyard

Vivian Hilyard
Vocal, Oconee County High School

Oconee County High School senior Vivian Hilyard is a vocal talent extraordinaire. A Governor’s Honors Program semi-finalist in 2019, she was also accepted to the Oberlin Conservatory Vocal Academy for High School Students and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute last summer. She plans to major in Voice Performance at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute next year.

Caleb Land

Caleb Land
Instrumental, Prince Avenue Christian School

A talent musician, senior Caleb Land has served Prince Avenue Christian School as band captain for the past two years. Selected first chair trombone for Young Harris College Honor Band and Lee University Honor Band, Caleb has been inducted into Tri-M Music Honors Society in addition to his musical talents as an Eagle Scout.

Caleb McArthur

Caleb McArthur
Dance/Drama, North Oconee High School

A senior at North Oconee High School, Caleb McArthur is a multi-talented performer. A decorated honor thespian, Caleb was selected as Georgia’s 2017 and 2018 Region Best Actor for Region 4A in addition to participation in multiple school performances and clubs. He is currently auditioning for BFA in Musical Theatre programs throughout the country to continue his love of performing arts in college.

Shannon Lee

Shannon Lee
Visual, North Oconee High School

North Oconee High School senior Shannon Lee is a talented and awarded artist. Recipient of one Scholastic Gold Key and three Scholastic Silver Keys, Shannon is also a SCAD challenge design winner. She looks to major in communication design in college and to one day work in visual design for the film industry.

Cydni Coppage

Cyndi Coppage
Dance/Drama, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School

Senior Cydni Coppage has taken her musical theatre and dance talents to new levels while attending Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. In 2019 and 2020, she was awarded the prestigious Cirque Award for her aerial performance. She plans to continue performing in college next year.

Olivia Harris

Olivia Harris
Vocal, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School

A senior at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, Olivia Harris has expanded her vocal talents through involvement with her church and school choirs as well as school performances. In addition to her vocals, Olivia is also an awarded dancer that has participated with the Asheville Ballet Conservatory.

Simon Park

Simon Park
Instrumental, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School

Senior Simon Park is a very talented instrumentalist. With participation in Tri-M and orchestra, he is first chair flutist for Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. He plans to further his music studies in college next year.

Sarah Decker

Sarah Decker
Visual, Rabun County High School

A Rabun County High School senior, Sarah Decker has always known that art was meant to be part of her life. Her awards include being named a finalist at the 2019 Governor’s Honors Program and a 2020 AP Art History Medal. Sarah is going to college to pursue her dream of being in art education.

Helen Garcia-Carreras

Helen Garcia-Carerras
Vocal, Lake Oconee Academy

A senior at Lake Oconee Academy, Helen Garcia-Carerras is an all-around performer! Winning recognitions in band, musical theatre, and dance, Helen also has worked hard on her vocal talents. She hopes to attend Elon University where she will major in musical theatre.

Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster
HCA, Putnam County High School

Andrew attended the 2019 Hospitality Careers Academy and was awarded an outstanding student scholarship for his positive attitude throughout the program. Andrew hopes to attend Johnson & Wales University after high school and pursue his passions by becoming a chef.

Cultural Foundation Grant Program

Each year the Cultural Foundation offers local community groups the opportunity to apply for funding up to $5,000 to aid them in carrying out programming that aligns with the mission of The Cultural Foundation.  

     Past grant recipients include:

  • After Romeo student performance
  • Broderick Flanigan Program
  • Winterglow performance at the Morton Theatre
  • Lyndon House Book Project
  • Hilsman Step Team for the Youth Step Show
  • Mosaic Art Mural at Cobbham Park 

Contact Us

For more information on scholarships and grants, contact us at 706.208.0900 or by email.