Cultural Foundation Performing Arts Scholarship

Performing Arts Scholarship Now Available

The 2022 application deadline has now passed
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The Classic Center Cultural Foundation awards performing arts scholarships to area students based on an application process.  Performing arts scholarships are open to all high school students in 9th through 12th grade that live in the Northeast Georgia region. 

Now serving counties in all of Northeast Georgia
Athens-Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Habersham, Hart,
Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rabun, Stephens, Walton, White

Recipients awarded the performing arts scholarships will receive $2,000 and their high school program will be presented $500. 
Students who demonstrate a strong commitment to their craft are encouraged to apply.  

Each year The Classic Center Cultural Foundation awards up to $30,000 in annual scholarships to talented high school students to help them pursue their passion in a career that will allow them to spread their artistic wings.  

2019-2020 Performing Arts Scholarship Recipients

Sheena Lim

Sheena Lim
Instrumental, East Jackson Comprehensive High School


Senior Sheena Lim hopes to one day become a professional musician. She has been recognized for her talents and leadership at District Honors Band and at Georgia All-State since 2019, and for the past two years she has served as drum major for the Pride of the East Side Marching Band. She plans to take her vast knowledge to college next year and minor in Music. 

Shea Heckman

Shea Heckman
Dance/Drama, North Oconee High School


For Senior Shea Heckman, dance is more than a talent- it's a way of life. A born performer, she has been dancing for 15 years and her involvement in the dramatic arts has taken her to the Georgia Thespian Conference's All State event for the past two years. Nominated to the prestigious Governor's Honor Program for acting in 2020, Shea has a list of performance accolades that have shaped her into the artist she is today. She hopes to major in Psychology and minor in Dance in college next year. 

Sarah Brenner

Sarah Brenner
Dance/Drama, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School


Junior Sarah Brenner has spent her life involved in dance. Beginning at the age of three, she has performed in multiple musical theater performances and just completed her third year of participating in her school's prestigious cirque program. In addition to dance, she enjoys vocal performance and has been a member of her school's choir for the past two years. She hopes to become a physical therapist where she can work with dancers and other athletes and plans to minor in Dance in college.

Finn McGinnis

Finn McGinnis
Vocal, Prince Avenue Christian School


Senior Finn McGinnis has a special knack for entertaining. He is a member of the International Thespian Society and has acted in numerous musical productions throughout his high school career. He has also participated in the Georgia State Literary Meet where he has competed both as a soloist and a member of the men's quartet. Finn will attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he plans to double major in Broadcast Journalism and Musical Theater. 

Emma Scott

Emma Jean Scott
Vocal, Rabun Gap-Nocoochee School


Senior Emma Scott dreams of a future on Broadway. She has a wide array of musical theater roles to her name as well as performances with Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School's cirque program and MADFest. Emma plans to attend Oglethorpe University where she will major in Theater and minor in Music in college to fulfill her lifelong dream of being a full-time performer.

Kiana Washington

Kalani Washington

Instrumental, Oconee County High School


Senior, Kalani Washington, is a performing arts talent in every way.  On the instrumental side, she placed first in the state for 4-H for her performance on bells and has received the award “Most Outstanding Percussionist” twice.  In addition, she has sang with 4-H’s Clovers and Company for years, performed in musical theatre roles including those in Shrek the Musical and Urinetown, and participated with her school’s a cappella group for three years.  She was also a finalist for the 2020 Governor’s Honors Program in Communicative Arts, which she plans to pursue at Savannah College of Art and Design in the fall as she works to become a screenwriter.

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