About the Scholarship

The Olmsted Performing Arts Scholarship Program has been established to provide financial assistance to children ages 18 months to 18 years to further or begin their education of the arts. In alignment with Olmsted Performing Arts’ Mission Statement we seek to provide the technical skills of each craft but to also build character, confidence, relationships, and encourage creative expression. A minimum of 3 scholarships will be provided, 2 need-based and 1 desire-based, each scholarship period. Additional scholarships will be contingent on outside support. Applications for the 2016-2017 will open April 13, 2016 and close June 19,  2016.

The recipient of the scholarship will receive 1 class in the department of their choice for the fall, spring and summer session. If the recipient chooses to audition for a production and are cast during the scholarship period, their production fee will be waived.

Scholarship Winner Selection Process

There will be a 3-person selection panel for both the need-based and desire-based scholarships. The selection panel will be comprised of members of the community who have no affiliation with an OPA student, staff, or board member.

The applications given to the panel will be anonymous. The decision will be based on the content provided. All questions will have a weighted value. All information provided will be kept confidential. The winners names will be shared with the public only with permission from the winner.

Need-based applicants can apply every year. There is no limit to the number of years in a row you can receive the scholarship. Desire-based applicants must wait 2 years to apply again after receiving a scholarship.

2016 Scholarship Panel

Need-Based Scholarship Panel

Frank Bianchi
Adjunct Professor of Music at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music and Director of the Baldwin Wallace Men’s Chorus

Stefanie Galbreath
Volunteer Coordinator, Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
President, Forum for Volunteer Administrators

Annie Karim
Marketing Coordinator, Foseco

Desire-Based Scholarship Panel

Dell-Ann Lewis, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Strongsville City Schools

Braden Pontoli
Vocal Music Director, Learwood Middle School, Avon Lake City Schools

Gary L. Robinson
Director of Media, Chapel Hill Church, Cuyahoga Falls

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Scholarship Fund Donation

Businesses and individuals may support a scholarship for another child. For more information, please contact Brandon Smith at brandon.smith@olmstedperformingarts.com. Those that support the scholarship program will be listed on the selected department bulletin board in the education hallway and receive a screen ad for their business that runs at all shows within the scholarship period.