Scholarship Information

Classic Center Cultural Foundation Scholarships
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 three annual performing arts scholarships to local high school students and a culinary scholarship to individuals seeking to pursue culinary arts education full-time.

2016 Culinary Arts Scholarship
The Classic Center Cultural Foundation will award 1 scholarship to students pursuing the culinary arts. The 2016 application deadline for these scholarships will be Friday, December 18, 2015 at 5 p.m.

  • Any student from Clarke County or the surrounding counties is eligible (Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe).
  • Applicants must hold a high school diploma or a GED or must be a high school senior. 
  • Applicants also had to submit a letter of reference from an industry professional or culinary educator. 
A cook-off between three finalists will take place for three local chefs on Friday, January 29, 2016 at The Classic Center. The finalists prepared a dish that was judged by a panel of local chefs. The winner will be presented his/her scholarship at the Athens Wine Weekend dinner on February 6, 2016.

In addition to the $2,000 student scholarship, their culinary program will receive $500.

CCCF Culinary Scholarship Application

2016  Performing Arts Scholarships 
The Classic Center Cultural Foundation will award 3 separate scholarships to local high school students in the performing arts. The 2016 application deadline for these scholarships is Friday, March 4, 2016 at 5 p.m.

There will be 1 scholarship awarded for vocal performance, 1 for musical instrument and 1 for performance art in drama/dance. The Foundation will award each scholarship recipient $2,000, as well as $500 to the arts department of each recipient's school. 

  • Any high school junior or senior from Clarke County or the surrounding counties is eligible (Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe).
  • Previous Classic Center Cultural Foundation scholarship recipients are not eligible.
  • Must submit (2) letters of reference - 1 from a performing arts teacher and 1 from another reference
  • An audition, no longer than 4 minutes, is required
2016 auditions will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016 at The Classic Center Theatre.  A piano and sound system will be provided. The performing arts scholarships will be presented at the Celebration of the Arts gala on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

CCCF Performing Arts Scholarship Application

Contact Us
For more information on the scholarships, contact Stephanie VanDyck, Foundation Special Events Coordinator, at 706-357-4417 or by email.
2016 Classic Center Cultural Foundation Scholarship Winners
Gracie_Atsma


2016 Culinary Scholarship Winner


Gracie Atsma was chosen among two scholarship finalists who were selected to prepare a dish during Athens Wine Weekend at The Classic Center in February. Atsma's winning dish was Raisin de Vivre Blondies. Atsma is the 2016 recipient of The Classic Center Cultural Foundation's Culinary Scholarship. 
Blake McNeal


2016 Vocal Performance Scholarship Winner


Daniel Blake McNeal is the recipient of many awards for his vocal talent. McNeal has been nominated as Best Male Vocalist for the Broadway Star Award, received the Male Vocal Soloist Region Champion award, and has appeared in numerous productions with Oconee County High School and Oconee Youth Playhouse. McNeal is the 2016 recipient of the Vocal Performance Scholarship.
Simon Beckham


2016 Drama Performance Scholarship Winner


Simon Beckham is an attendee of the Governor's Honors for Theatre and a recipient of the All-Star Cast member Award for the Georgia High School One-Act Play Competition. Beckham has performed in 17 performances with North Oconee High School and Oconee Youth Playhouse. Beckham is the 2016 recipient of the Drama Performance Scholarship.
Linsey Chen1



2016 Instrumental Performance Scholarship Winner


Linsey Chen is an accomplished musician. Chen was awarded the solo statewide recitalist award two years in a row, as well as the GMEA duet statewide recitalist award. Chen has also been recognized with an Award of Excellence at the GMTA piano competition, and was selected as a Governor's Honors semifinalist in piano. Chen is the 2016 recipient for the Instrumental Performance Scholarship.
Bailey Baker



2016 Vocal Performance Scholarship Winner


Bailey Baker has been in numerous performances and has worked for the Highlands Playhouse in North Carolina. Baker is the winner of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School's Drama Award, as well as the winner for Excellence in a Musical Performance. Baker is the 2016 recipient of the Vocal Performance Scholarship.
Cylvie Patterson

 
2016 Vocal Performance Scholarship Winner


Cylvie Patterson
is the winner of the 2015 Rabun County Idol title, is a three sport letterman and a recipient of the "Most Talented" superlative at her high school. Patterson is a member and the current vice president of Advanced Choral Ensemble. Patterson is the 2016 recipient of the Vocal Performance Scholarship.