Performing Arts Scholarship Now Available

The Performing Arts Scholarship
Application Deadline | March 3, 2023

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. 

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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 scholarships in hospitality, performing, and visual arts. 

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 or e-mail The deadline to apply for the performing arts and visual arts scholarship is March 3, 2023. 


2021-2022 Performing Arts Scholarship Recipients

Dustin Anderson- Performing Arts Scholarship

Dustin Anderson
Dance/Drama | Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School 

Dustin is a senior at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School where he is a member of the Gap dancers, an ambassador of the dance program, as well as a member of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts.   He is a MADFest runner-up, has been involved in the school’s main musical production all four years of high school, and he played the leading role in the school’s Cirque Du Soleil performance.  He plans to minor in dance throughout college and build a career centered around the arts.

Laila Carter- Performing Arts Scholarship

Laila Carter
Vocal, North Oconee High School

North Oconee High School sophomore, Laila Carter, already has a long list of vocal accomplishments!  She received superior ratings at the 2021 State and National levels of ThesCon, and she has advanced to Nationals for 2022.  She was accepted to the All-State Theatre program and won Best Teen Vocalist at the Atlanta Access Broadway competition in 2019.   Last summer, Laila was awarded the Grace Kelly Scholarship for excellence in performance, and she hopes performing will one day lead her to a career on Broadway.

Yerahm Hong- Performing Arts Scholarship

Yerahm Hong
Instrumental, North Oconee High School

North Oconee High School senior, Yerahm Hong, is well on her way to continuing her musical career in college.  Along with a host of academic accolades, she has been a part of the Athens and Corpus Christi Area Youth Symphonies throughout her high school career as well as the Founder of the North Oconee High School String Ensemble.  She was a 2021 GMEA All-State Orchestra finalist, and she earned 1st violin, 3rd chair at the Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Orchestra.  She will attend the University of Pennsylvania to study biomedical science where she also hopes to continue her musical career in collegiate symphony in addition to her academic work.

Malia Horst- Performing Arts Scholarship

Malia Horst
Vocal, North Oconee High School

As a senior at North Oconee High School, Malia Horst is a born performer.  She has been involved with Oconee Youth School of Performance and Youth Playhouse for over 12 years, which has led to honors in vocal and musical theatre performance at competitions such as the International Thespian Festival, Georgia High School Association One Act Competition, and Georgia All-State Theatre. Malia plans to continue her journey as an artist as she has been accepted into Elon University where she will study musical theatre in hopes of a career in Broadway.

Cameran Butryn- Performing Arts Scholarship

Cameran Butryn
Instrumental, North Oconee High School

For North Oconee High School senior, Cameran Butryn, musical performance has always been of great importance.  He has performed with GMEA’s All-State Band and Chorus, has been selected a band captain in his school’s marching band and placed first at the Georgia High School Association’s Literary State Competition.  He is considering being a music major at The University of Georgia next year and is looking forward to joining other instrumental and chorale groups at the collegiate level.

Micah Kilgore- Performing Arts Scholarship

Micah Kilgore
Vocal, North Oconee High School

Junior Micah Kilgore is well on his way to pursuing a career in music education.  He was a member of the state champion Boys Quartet for North Oconee High School’s Literary Team, he is the drum major for the Titan Regiment Marching Band, and he is a member of the Briarwood Brothers, a group of performers at local churches and nursing homes.  In addition to his love for music, Micah is also a Boy Scout member with hopes to attain Eagle Scout rank.  

Mary Adeniji- Performing Arts Scholarship

Mary Adeniji
Dance/Drama, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School

For Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School senior, Mary Adeniji, dramatic performance is a way to give creativity back to the world and inspire emotional response.  She has been involved with her school’s One Act Play as well as taken classes in advanced performance.  When not working on her craft, Mary has interned with the Lagos Nigerian medical clinic, and plans to attend Northeastern University as part of a global experience program where she will major in public health. Further down the line, she hopes to become a film and stage director in the arts.

Becca Clower- Performing Arts Scholarship

Becca Clower
Dance/Drama, North Oconee High School

For Senior, Becca Clower, dance is a way of life.  A competitive dancer since the age of six, she has placed in numerous regional competitions as well as being named champion in 2021 and 2022 in jazz.  She is a four-year member of the Titan Thrill dance team at North Oconee HS, and she hopes to attend The University of Georgia where she plans to audition to be a member of the UGA Dance Dawgs, while studying nutrition and physical therapy.

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