Calling Juniors and Seniors to Apply for Scholarships in the Arts

The Shoreline Arts Alliance (SAA) announces the 33rd annual Scholarships in the Arts to high school juniors and seniors who reside within the Connecticut Shoreline region. $1,000 scholarships are offered in: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, theatre, and visual arts. The Arts Scholarship Program is committed to the education and career development of aspiring young artists.

Students who reside in the shoreline towns of Branford, Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Haven, East Lyme, Essex, Guilford, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Middlefield, Middletown, North Branford, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, Salem, and Westbrook are encouraged to apply for the SAA Scholarship Awards. These scholarships are offered to private, public, and home-schooled students, provided their primary residence is in one of the above towns. All must complete the application form and have it postmarked on or before Dec. 18. Auditions dates in the performing arts categories and portfolio reviews for the creative writers and visual artists are listed on the SAA website, Applications are also available at this site. All categories are judged by a panel of experts in each art discipline.

Applications for the scholarship and information can be obtained by calling 203-453-3890, emailing, or visiting

Pictured, from left to right, are Sarah Gavagan (Guilford High School)-Winner Visual Arts; Devin Patton (Guilford High School)-Special Recognition Theatre; Elya Bottiger (Guilford High School)-Winner Theatre; Elaina Zachos (Daniel Hand High School)-Special Recognition Creative Writing; Julia Orosz (Coginchaug Regional High School)-Special Recognition Vocal Music; Tiffany Li (Daniel Hand High School)-Special Recognition Visual Arts; Eric Dillner, CEO/Executive Director of Shoreline Arts Alliance; Deborah Heinrich, mistress of ceremonies; Sarah Marsoobian (Guilford High School/Eastern Connecticut Ballet)-Special Recognition Dance; Sarah McDonald (Valley Regional High School)-Special Recognition Instrumental Music, Violin; Emily Benzi (Westbrook High School/Eastern Connecticut Ballet)-Winner Dance; Maia Murdock (Guilford High School)-Winner Instrumental Music, Violin; Kyle Bejnerowicz (Guilford High School) Winner-Vocal Music; Erin Hutchinson (Haddam-Killingworth High School)-Winner Creative Writing.


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