Scholarship Deadline Extended to 3/11/13

2012 Winners: Miriam Buchwald (Coladarci Scholarship) and Joseph Soriano (Ehlers Scholarship)

Scholarship deadlines for the 2013 Elaine Ehlers and Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarships have been extended to February 11, 2013 due to winter storm Nemo. The Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship and The Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship are awarded by the Arts Council of the Morris Area to recognize two graduating high school seniors who have exhibited artistic excellence in dance, drama, music, or the visual arts and who plan to pursue further education in the arts.

Elaine Ehlers (1953-2001), a health-care administrator by profession, had a voracious appetite for all things artistic and musical.  She derived intellectual and emotional sustenance from the arts and she supported programs at many museums and musical institutions.  By establishing this scholarship, an enduring legacy has been created to reward those who possess artistic talent and who plan to further their arts education.

Eugenie R. Coladarci, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at Chase Manhattan Bank, was an active member of the Arts Council of the Morris Area for eleven years and was completing her first term as Board Chair when she passed away in 1997.  As a statewide champion of the arts, Gene encouraged the development of young artists and believed in the value of the arts in their quality of life.  The idea of a scholarship to assist talented young people wishing to continue their study in the arts was very important to her.

Applications will be accepted from high school seniors graduating in June 2013 who are currently attending public, private, or parochial school in New Jersey.  Applicants must be Morris County residents who plan to pursue post-secondary studies at an accredited institution or acknowledged arts school or fine arts program, and who have demonstrated artistic excellence.  Artistic work samples, two (2) brief essays, two (2) letters of recommendation, and a history of artistic activities and/or special awards and recognitions, along with a complete application, are required from all candidates.  Children of Arts Council of the Morris Area trustees, staff and panelists are not eligible.

Application & Evaluation Process
The complete application must be delivered to the Arts Council of the Morris Area’s office or postmarked no later than 5 PM on February 8, 2013.  Applicants will be judged by a panel of professionals with a high level of expertise in college arts education and/or professional experience.  Each artistic discipline will be represented on the panel. Selection of a scholarship winner will be based on artistic excellence as demonstrated by the quality of the work samples and application submitted to the panel.  Dedication and character will also be considered. Winners will be notified on or about March 27, 2013.  The Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship for 2013 will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 and The Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship for 2013 will be awarded in the amount of $1,250. Each will be paid directly to the student’s selected college/arts program to assist with tuition.


click on  2013 Scholarship Application Packet