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.
The Classic Center Cultural Foundation awards visual arts scholarships to area students based on an application process. Visual arts scholarships are open to 9th through 12th-grade high school students living in the Northeast Georgia region. The available visual arts scholarship funding is brought to you in part by The Ann and Jack Crowley Scholarship Fund for the Visual Arts.
The Classic Center Cultural Foundation has raised money through the Paul T. Martin Hospitality Education Fund to provide up to $25,000 to individuals interested in pursuing a career in hospitality, event, music, or the sports management industry. Applications for the Paul T. Martin Hospitality Education Fund are open to anyone currently enrolled in hospitality industry programs at The University of Georgia and Athens Technical College. In addition, graduating seniors of the Athens Community Career Academy are also encouraged to apply.
The Paul M. Cramer Hospitality Scholarship Fund was established in 2019 in celebration of Paul Cramer’s 25th anniversary as President/CEO of The Classic Center. Mr. Cramer began his successful career in Rochester, New York, working his way from Banquet and Concessions Manager in 1986 to Assistant Executive Director by 1992. In 1995, Mr. Cramer moved to Athens, Georgia, where he began his work with The Classic Center Authority and the local community to oversee the development and construction of The Classic Center.
Each year, the Cultural Foundation awards grant funding up to a total of $5,000 to support performing, visual, or culinary arts efforts, as well as workforce development initiatives aligning with the hospitality industry in Athens-Clarke County.