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The Classic Center Cultural Foundation
Downtown Athens, GA
Congratulations to the 2023 Performing Arts Scholarship recipients.
Please check back for more information on the 2024 Performing Arts application.
The Classic Center Cultural Foundation awards performing arts scholarships to area students based on an application process. Performing arts scholarships are open to 9th through 12th-grade high school students living in the Northeast Georgia region.
We are 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
Each year, The Classic Center Cultural Foundation provides $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. Scholarships are awarded for hospitality, performing arts, and visual arts based on an application and audition process. The Classic Center Cultural Foundation grants $60,000 in annual hospitality, performing, and visual arts scholarships.
Recipients awarded the performing arts, and visual arts scholarships will receive $2,000, and their high school program will be presented $500. Students who demonstrate a strong commitment to their craft and are interested in applying should visit ClassicCenter.com/Scholarships or e-mail Foundation@ClassicCenter.com.
2023 Performing Arts Scholarship Recipients
Vocal | North Oconee High School
North Oconee High School junior, Laila Carter, has already had her vocal talents recognized by many local organizations. She received three Superior Solo Thespys at the ThesCon state level and two Superior Solo Thespys at the international level. Laila is a member of the NOHS flagline, a NOHS Titan ambassador, and a member of several clubs. Laila was named the winner of Region 4A Girls Solo, and she was selected to perform at the International Thespian Festival Showcase. Laila hopes performing will one day lead her to a career on Broadway.
Dance/ Drama, Athens Academy
Athens Academy senior, Seager Hunt, is a performing and visual artist. He has been competitively trained in dance through the Oconee Youth School of Performance. Seager placed first in solo performance for the 2022 Rainbow National Dance Finals and the 2022 Bravo Southeast Regional Finals. He is an active member of the Madison-Morgan Junior Conservatory, and he serves as the President of the Athens Academy Honor Council. He hopes to pursue dance, specifically choreography, in the future.
Dance/Drama, Prince Avenue Christian School
Prince Avenue Christian School senior, Kaylor Jones is well on her way to a career in musical theatre! She is a 2022 Shuler Georgia High School Musical Theatre Award nominee for choreography and a recipient of the Best Actress award for the Region One Act Play Competition. She received a superior rating at the 2023 State Thespian Conference in both solo and group performances and was a two-time Georgia Governor's Honors Program nominee in dance. She has performed in many school productions, is a past member of the Georgia 4-H Clovers and Company, and received her school's 2022 Performing Arts Sparkle Award. Kaylor hopes to obtain a BFA program in musical theatre, where she would love to perform one day on Broadway.
Vocal, Jackson County High School
Jackson County High School junior, Georgia Lance, was born to perform! She was awarded as part of the Region One Act All-Start Cast for 2021 and 2022, she was a 2022 Georgia Governor's Honors Program nominee and 2023 semi-finalist in voice. In addition to her vocal performing talents, she is also a member of the National Honor Society and served as the first chair in French Hirn for the Jackson County High School Band. Georgia plans to attend college to continue her studies in music and theatre, with the hopes of performing as a professional actress with a musical theatre company or show.
Instrumental, Oconee High School
Oconee County High School senior, Brenna Pursley is well on her way to accomplishing great things with her artistic talent. She has numerous awards for her instrumental performance, including being named Outstanding Performer at the 2022 and 2023 GTMA auditions and a three-time gold award winner at the AMTA Sonata and Sonatina festivals. Brenna is also a member of her school's academic team, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a published author. She has been accepted into the University of Georgia and plans to study piano performance at the Hodgson School of Music.
Instrumental, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School senior, Jennifer Zong is an accomplished musician. Jennifer is a member of the honor band as well as the orchestra, she was selected as a MADFest soloist! After graduation, Jennifer will begin her college career at Tufts University, where she will pursue a double major in music and psychology. She hopes to join the Tufts orchestra and continue to improve her skills as a soloist.