Applications for annual performing arts scholarship now open

The Alden will host its annual scholarship competition to encourage local students’ artistic development and the study of the arts in higher education.

high school student boy playing cello
Photo courtesy of The Alden Theatre

It’s that time of year when high school seniors everywhere start thinking about college in a new, more serious way. Many have already been accepted into schools, are deciding where they’ll commit and are focusing on finding coveted scholarship money to pay rising tuition rates. 

Luckily for local students who are proficient in the performing arts, The Alden will be hosting its annual James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition. High school students are invited to showcase their artistic talents in the competition, which is open to ninth to 12th graders who reside or attend school in Dranesville Small Tax District-1A

The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 24 (applications can be submitted here), and the prize includes $1,200 scholarship money, which will be given to first-place winners in dance, theater, vocal music and instrumental music categories. Those that place second will also receive $800 in scholarship funds, and third-place winners will receive $400. There are no restrictions on the use of the award money.

Selected finalists will perform in the preliminary round of the competition the week of Feb. 3, and the final competition will be held Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. 

And, new for this year’s competition, the first-place instrumental music award will be named in honor of Anita Lamkin, a longtime supporter of young musicians and music performances in McLean. For more information, visit // Alden Theatre: 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean

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