Coladarci and Ehlers Arts Scholarships

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.

Click HERE for the 2015 application forms



2014 Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship winner, soprano Katherine Merwin; 2014 Elaine Ehlers  Arts Scholarship winner, percussionist Neil McNulty.  Neil McNulty with Board member (and Ehlers Scholarship founder) Dick Eger.

Read the award speeches announcing the scholarship winners and detailing their accomplishments by clicking on Neil McNulty and Katherine Merwin.

Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship ($5,000)
Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship ($1,500)


General Information 

The Purpose of the Awards
The Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship and The Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship are awarded by Morris Arts 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 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.

For the 2015 Scholarship Application Packet, click 2015 scholarship application materials – new deadline