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.

Be sure to check-back for information on the first inaugural Visual Arts scholarship to be awarded in 2018.

2018 Culinary Arts Scholarship

The Classic Center Cultural Foundation will award 3 scholarships to students pursuing the culinary arts.  The 2018 application deadline for the culinary arts scholarships is Friday, March 2, 2018.

  • Any student from Northeast Georgia is eligible.
  • Applicants must hold a high school diploma or a GED or must be a high school senior. 
  • Applicants must also 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 at The Classic Center. The date for the cook-off has not been set yet. The finalists will prepare a dish that will be judged by a panel of local chefs.

In addition to the $2,000 student scholarship, each recipient's culinary program will receive $500.

2018 Performing Arts Scholarships

The Classic Center Cultural Foundation will award 8 separate scholarships (3 from Athens and the surrounding counties, 4 from Rabun County and 1 from Greene County) to local high school students in the performing arts. The 2018 application deadline for the Athens area and Greene County scholarships is Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5 p.m. The deadline for the Rabun County scholarship is Monday, March 21 at 5 p.m.

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), as well as Rabun County and Greene County.
  • Previous Classic Center Cultural Foundation scholarship recipients are not eligible.
  • Must submit a letter of reference from a performing arts teacher
  • An audition, no longer than 4 minutes, is required
2018 auditions will be held at The Classic Center Theatre on Monday, April 9.  A piano and sound system will be provided. The performing arts scholarships will be presented at the Celebration of the Arts gala this summer.

Contact Us

For more information on the scholarships, contact Stephanie VanDyck, Foundation Manager, at 706-357-4417 or by email.

2017 Classic Center Cultural Foundation Scholarship Winners

Jessie Kuehne

Jessie Kuehne

Vocal, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School

An all-around accomplished performer, Jessie has excelled in dance, voice, and musical theatre as a Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School student. She plans to continue her study in theatre in college.
Kiana Washington

Kiana Washington

Drama/Dance, Oconee County High School

A decorated thespian from Oconee County High School, Kiana has excelled in all aspects of the performing arts. Kiana has also held several leadership roles in both school and her community, which led to her being named to the 2017 Class of Distinguished Young Women of Georgia.
Ester Jinad Muniz Ortiz

Ester Muniz

Vocal, Rabun County High School

An accomplished singer, Ester has participated in chorus and musical theatre throughout her high school career. With future hopes of becoming a music teacher, she is very involved with her community's youth with roles as a Sunday School teacher, choir leader and elementary school volunteer.
Grace Strickland

Grace Strickland

Vocal, North Oconee High School

An avid vocalist and musical theatre performer from North Oconee High School, Grace has built an accomplished performing arts resume. Bound for New York City in the fall, Grace is ready to take her vocal talents to new heights as she trains for a career in the arts.
Kelsey Becker

Kelsey Becker

Instrumental, Rabun County High School

Actively participating in the county's middle school and high school bands, Kelsey has been a member of both the Rabun County High School marching band and Jazz Band. She plans to use her music background as she pursues her other love of science while studying at Georgia Tech.
Anna Yin
Matthew Ingram


Anna Yin

Instrumental, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School

A member of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School orchestra, Anna is proficient in many percussion instruments, but found a passion in playing timpani. Anna plans to minor in orchestra in college and be a part of a collegiate ensemble.

Lauren Chen

Instrumental, Cedar Shoals High School

An accomplished pianist from Cedar Shoals High School, Lauren has received numerous awards for her talent. In May 2017, Lauren will perform at Carnegie Hall for her first place win in the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition.

Matthew Ingram

Vocal, Greene County High School

A talented vocalist, Matthew is the lead singer for the local band 306 South Main. He is the recipient of the Greene County High School Vocalist Award, and is very involved with his community through active roles with Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels. He hopes his love for the performing arts will one day lead him to a career in the entertainment industry.
Trishell Stevens

Trishell Stevens

Culinary, American Culinary Federation
Trishell is an apprentice through the American Culinary Federation with Chef Chris McCook at the Athens Country Club. She has received culinary training through Gwinnett Tech, but is currently enrolled only in the apprentice program for the past three years.