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Financial Aid

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In order to activate our mission, 171 Cedar Arts Center strives to remove financial obstacles from the path of local students. Historically, 171 awards more than 50 scholarships each year, and many of our enrolled students are recipients of financial aid! Through the generosity of our donors, we are able to introduce children to the visual and performing arts while cultivating life-long learners. Consider what horizons you could explore with 171!

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Financial Aid Application

A variety of Scholarships and Financial Aid are available each school year. This helps offset the cost of classes, workshops, and summer camps! Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete a separate application for each student.


Award Notification

Notification will be made by email. Please refrain from calling the Arts Center to inquire about scholarships or financial aid decisions. Scholarship recipients will be notified on a rolling basis.

Scholarship 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 Fund

is 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 Scholarship

established 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.

We invite YOU to make a contribution to 171’s Experience Art Fund!

Individual contributions at any level help provide scholarships to students in need.

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