Scholarships in the Arts


Juried Scholarship Competition for High School Juniors and Seniors


Since 1981, Shoreline Arts Alliance has offered arts scholarships to high school juniors and seniors in the following disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, musical theater, theater, visual arts and vocal music.


Winners receive $1,000 scholarships, and winners and special recognition awardees in each category are provided with professional mentorships. 

In 2019 The Jeffrey Dobbs Scholarship for Excellence in Painting was added to encourage young artists and provide support for future study. Eligible works must utilize paint as the primary focus of the piece. However, unique processes and unconventional works will be both accepted and encouraged.


Live auditions are held in dance, instrumental music, musical theater, theater and vocal music. Portfolios must be submitted in creative writing and visual arts. All judges are professional artists in their respective disciplines.  Participating high schools and community programs are highlighted for their commitment to excellence in the arts.

Application Submission


  • Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2020

  • Application Fee: $25 per application. You may apply in more than 1 category. Complete application and fee are required for each submission. Cash or checks made payable to Shoreline Arts Alliance are acceptable. Fee is for administrative overhead and is nonrefundable. If the application fee is a hardship, please contact the office and alternative arrangements will be made.

  • Awards and Reception: May 12, 2020 at Evergreen Woods, 88 Notch Hill Rd, North Branford, CT at 7 pm

Benefits for the Artist


  • $1,000 scholarships to encourage further artistic study

  • All applicants receive valuable feedback on auditions, portfolios, and interviews

  • Professional mentorship to scholarship and special recognition award winners 

  • Performance and Exhibition for the winners and special recognition awardees




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The Daniel E. Offutt, III Charitable Trust 


725 Boston Post Road,

Guilford, CT 06437


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