Founded in 1985 as a collaboration between the City of Fairfax and George
Mason University, the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival aims to enhance
the community’s awareness of the many arts and cultural opportunities in
Fairfax and encourages expansion of the arts through supporting fledging
arts organizations in the community. In the past decade, Spotlight has begun
offering six different scholarships to high school seniors to study arts at
either Mason and Northern Virginia Community College.

You have heard about the annual Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival that happens in spring each year? However do you realize that Spotlight also has an extensive Scholarship program for music, theater, art and visual arts students?

The Spotlight Scholarship Program was started in 1997 when the first three scholarships were awarded to rising seniors at Fairfax High School to participate in musical ensembles at GMU during their senior year. Since then the scholarship program has expanded and now Spotlight on the Arts awards 10 scholarships a year to qualifying local arts students attending George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College.

BP and Apple Federal Credit Union are two companies that have generously funded Scholarship awards for graduating seniors, whilst the Ruth Haycock Endowed Scholarship in Piano, awarded for the first time in 2005, was created by Jane Woods and her sister in memory of their mother Ruth Haycock. Qualifying students, or parents, interested in any of our scholarships should write a Letter of Interest to the appropriate department chair at GMU or NVCC (information can be found at www.fairfaxspotlight.org). Or contact Joanna Ormesher on 703.352.ARTS for further information

Applying for a Spotlight Scholarship

Students who desire to apply for a Spotlight on the Arts scholarship should write a “letter of interest” by March 1 to the appropriate department chair at GMU or NVCC (names and addresses listed below).

If further information is needed, please contact Spotlight on the Arts at the following address:

Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, Inc.

10455 Armstrong St, Suite 123

Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-352- ARTS

e-mail: spotlight@fairfaxva.gov

website: www.fairfaxspotlight.org

The objective of this scholarship program is to provide talent-based scholarships to highly qualified and deserving students. Priority, for most scholarships, is given to graduating seniors from the Fairfax County Public Schools system.

Please submit “letters of interest” to the following appropriate department chairs:

George Mason University School of Art and Visual Technology

Professor Harold Linton, Director
School of Art and Visual Technology
2050 Art and Design Building, MS 1C3
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

School of Dance

Professor Elizabeth C. Price, Director
School of Dance
A300 Performing Arts Building, MS 3D4
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

School of Music

Dr. Dennis Layendecker, Director
School of Music
A417 Performing Arts Building, MS 3E3
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Department of Theater

Professor Ken Elston, Chair
Department of Theater
407 Performing Arts Building, MS 3E6
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Film and Video Studies Program (NEW)

Professor Cynthia Lont, Director
Film and Video Studies Program
A407 Performing Arts Building MS 3E6
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Computer Game Design Program (NEW)

Dr. Scott Martin, Director
Computer Game Design Program
2020 Art and Design Building, MS 1C3
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Additional information about GMU’s arts programs can be found at its College of Visual and Performing Arts website: cvpa.gmu.edu

 

Northern Virginia Community College Program in Music

Dr. Bruce Mann
Dean of Liberal Arts
Northern Virginia Community College
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003

Additional information about NVCC’s music program can be found at www.nvcc.edu

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