Coladarci and Ehlers Arts Scholarships

The Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship ($5,000) and Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship ($1,500) are offered annually by Morris Arts to two graduating high school seniors who demonstrate artistic excellence in dance, drama, music or visual arts and plan to pursue further study in an area related to the arts.

The APPLICATION DEADLINE for these two scholarships is 5pm, January 22, 2016.

To download the 2016 application materials, click on 2016 scholarship application materials.

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 Morris Arts 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 graduating  high school seniors 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.

Children of Morris Arts trustees, staff and panelists are not eligible.

Note: As of 2014, the Coladarci Scholarship was increased from $1,250 to $1,500.

The 2015 Scholarship winners were:

Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship: Percussionist Reed Puleo (West Morris Mendham High School)


Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship: Ballet dancer, Tori Hey (West Morris Mendham High School)

(best) closeup of Reed Puleo (Ehlers) and Tori Hey (Coladarci) scholarship winners IMG_9116

Scholarship Winners Reed Puleo and Tori Hey with Tom Werder

2015 Scholarship winners: Reed Puleo (Ehlers) and Tori Hey (Coladarci); Reed and Tori with Morris Arts Executive Director, Tom Werder.

Click HERE to read the award speech and learn about the 2015 Ehlers Arts Scholarship winner Reed Puleo and his accomplishments.

Click HERE to read the award speech and learn about the 2015 Coladarci Arts Scholarship winner Tori Hey and her accomplishments.