Scholarships 2021-22

171 Cedar Arts Center to award $20,000 in scholarship funds.

This year, 171 Cedar Arts Center expects to provide about 50 scholarships to area youth and adults to help make private music lessons, dance lessons, visual arts and ceramics courses, and fitness classes like Tai Chi and fencing accessible to all members of the community.  Scholarships are available based on financial need or merit (teacher nomination required).


Before you begin entering information into the scholarship form, please review the questions and required materials below. All questions marked with a * are required. Please plan up to one hour to complete the online application process. You can create an account or login to an existing account to save your progress. Be sure to click “Save Draft” before exiting if you are not able to complete in one sitting.

2021 Scholarship Application

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171 Cedar Arts Center

Scholarship and Financial Assistance Application

Application Deadline: December 22, 2021

Fill out separate application if applying for multiple family members, late applications will not be accepted.

171 Cedar Arts Center is committed to bringing together a diverse student population, and to assisting individuals and families with their participation at 171 through scholarships based on merit and/or financial need.

All application materials and completed forms must be received by or hand-delivered, no later than Wednesday, December 22, 2021 to: 171 Cedar Arts Center, 171 Cedar Street, Corning, NY 14830.

Award Notification

Notification will be made by mail, by email, and/or by phone. Please refrain from calling the Arts Center to inquire about your award decisions. Scholarship recipients will be notified on a rolling basis.


171 Scholarships

Studies have shown that students actively involved with arts learning noticeably improved their critical thinking capacities, interpersonal skills, general academic performance, and overall attitude towards school. Arts education has been shown to level the playing field across socioeconomic boundaries, and to make a measurable, positive impact on at-risk youth.

These are powerful reasons to bring the arts to as many young people as possible. Unfortunately schools are offering less and less in the way of arts education, and many families in our area are not able to afford private instruction.

Scholarship Fund Descriptions


Fund Descriptions

Charlene Coleman Holland Scholarship Fund – established in 2007, with funds generously made available to 171 Cedar Arts Center from the family of Charlene Coleman Holland. Holland Scholarships are awarded to students who are currently taking private or group, piano and/or string lessons at 171 Cedar Arts Center.

Edwin Caplin Foundation Scholarship Fundis committed to fueling passion, encouraging learning, and cultivating philanthropic spirit in the arts through this scholarship, which was established in 2010 to provide financial assistance to students who are participating in the Center’s multi-disciplinary arts-programming. $15,000 of additional funds are available to 171 to award this year.

Helen E. Stevenson Memorial Scholarshipestablished in 2008, by her three sons Rich, Jim, and Andrew Greger, the Helen E. Stevenson Memorial Scholarship extends merit-based arts scholarships to serious art students who have been nominated by their current art instructor or by a member of the community who can speak to their talents and passion.

Rosemary Ann Neal Scholarship Fund – established in 2020, by her son and local artisan, Dwayne Thomas Neal. This scholarship commemorates Rosemary’s love of music and her passion for teaching piano. Scholarships can be for classes in any artistic discipline taught at 171 Cedar Arts Center, and scholarships can also cover associated transportation costs where necessary. Scholarships shall be awarded based on merit and need.

171’s Experience Art Fund – has established the Experience Art Fund, which allows participation in any of 171 Cedar Arts Center’s multi-arts programs. The maximum amount of assistance is first determined by the availability of funds and the number of applicants, and then by financial need or merit.

To apply, submit one complete application per student, which includes all of the required materials. Only complete applications will be considered.

Please note the following:

  • Scholarship awards are valid September 2021 – August 2022.
  • If the applicant received a scholarship in the 2020-21 year, all award requirements from that year must be complete.
  • Any unpaid tuition balances must be fully paid in order to receive award benefits.
  • Each person living in the applicant residence should be listed on the application (Section 5).
  • Awards may be decreased or terminated, if the recipient demonstrates a low level of commitment to the classes or is absent an excessive number of times. 171 Cedar Arts Center reserves the right to terminate assistance at any time.

We invite you to contribute to 171’s Experience Art Fund in any amount, and at any time during the year. As little as $5 combined with lots of other $5’s will help us reach our goal of offering the most generous scholarships to deserving students.

Before you begin entering information into the scholarship form, please review the questions and required materials. All questions marked with a * are required. Please plan up to one hour to complete the online application process. You can create an account or login to an existing account to save your progress. Be sure to click “Save Draft” before exiting if you are not able to complete in one sitting.


Student First Name *
Student Last Name *
Student Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY) *
Student Street Address *
Student City *
Student State *
Student Zip Code *
Student Grade *
Student School *


First Name of Parent/Guardian *
Last Name of Parent/Guardian *
Birth Date of Parent/Guardian (MM/DD/YYYY) *
Select County *
Home Phone or Cell Phone Number *
Email Address *


Employer *
Length of Employment *
Annual Income of all adults living in household (before taxes are deducted) *
Number of dependents in household *
Number of Unemployed Adults in Household *


If the student applied last year, how much was the award? *
If the student received an award last year, which classes were attended?*
If a full award is not received, what portion of the tuition would the student/parent/guardian be able to pay each month? *
Are there any circumstances we should know of when considering this application? Please provide information: *


Student Paragraph

To help us understand more about the student’s connection to the arts, please select and then have the student write about one (1) of the following topics in the “Student Paragraph” field. *

The information you provide in the following sections should reflect the student’s own words and thoughts if they are too young to type. If the student is able to type this information, then please copy and paste the text into the required fields.

Describe a significant music or arts related experience in your life and describe the impact it had on you.
Who has been your most significant influence?
Describe the most challenging obstacle you have had to overcome; tell us what it helped you learn.

About You – Student

Please tell us about yourself – Describe your extracurricular activities and interests – what do you do in your spare time?: *

Describe the skills you have developed by participating in your extracurricular activities *

List your volunteer activities and tell us why they are meaningful to you *

Provide details about your home/family responsibilities *

Describe additional ways you feel you contribute to your community *

Nomination Letters

Upload TWO Nomination Letters from individuals NOT related to you * Upload or drop jpg, gif, tiff, pdf, doc, or docx files into the space below. BOTH nomination letters can be uploaded or dropped into this space.

Discipline (Select One) *

Dance, Visual Arts, Ceramics,Fencing, Language, Culinary, Violin/Viola/Cello/Bass – Private Music Instruction, Piano – Private Music Instruction, Saxophone/Clarinet – Private Music Instruction, Percussion – Private Music Instruction, Flute – Private Music Instruction, Voice – Private Music Instruction, Other

Class Selection

List the classes you would like to attend 9/1/2020 through 8/31/2021 *


Yes, If awarded, I commit to fully attending all classes. *
Yes, If awarded, I understand that failure to attend and/or participate in enrolled classes may result in the forfeiture of funding. *
Yes, Following the completion of my study, I will provide a written evaluation, or paragraph, describing my experience. *
Yes, I am willing to participate in a performance/exhibition, either on my own or with other recipients. *

Please check one of the following *

I received a scholarship last year and fulfilled all of the requirements associated with the award.
I did not receive a scholarship last year.
I declare that I have completed this form, and to the best of my knowledge, I believe it to be true, correct and accurate. I have filled in ALL fields and uploaded all required information. *

Digital Signature

Please TYPE parent/guardian full name, and today’s date:

Successful Submission

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2021 Scholarship Application

Apply Today!

The 2021 application process has begun

If you cannot complete the form online, you can use the button below to print a paper copy of the application.

Applications can be dropped off at the front desk of the Drake House or mailed to 171 Cedar Arts Center, 171 Cedar St., Corning, NY 14830.