Monday, January 11th, 2016

Morris Arts is offering two scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors who have exhibited artistic excellence in dance, drama, music, or visual arts and plan to pursue post-secondary studies at an accredited institution or acknowledged arts school or fine arts program.

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The Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, and the Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, were created to recognize artistic excellence, encourage the artists of the future, and to celebrate the value of the arts to the human experience.

Morris County high school seniors graduating in June and who attend public, private, or parochial school in New Jersey are eligible. Applicants must (a) be Morris County residents, (b) plan to pursue post-secondary studies at an accredited institution or acknowledged arts school or fine arts program, and (c) have demonstrated artistic excellence in any one of four (4) arts disciplines: dance, drama, music, or visual arts.

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Reed Pulio and Tori Hey of West Morris Mendham High School

The Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship was established in 2002 in memory of Elaine Ehlers (1953-2001), a health-care administrator by profession, who had a great appreciation for all things artistic and musical.  The most recent recipient in 2015 percussionist Reed Puleo, from West Morris Mendham High School.

The Eugenie Coladarci Arts Scholarship was first awarded in 1999 in memory of Eugenie R. Coladarci, who was Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at Chase Manhattan Bank and an active member of Morris Arts for eleven years.  As a champion of the arts, Gene encouraged the development of young artists and believed in the value of the arts to the quality of life.  The most recent winner in 2015 was ballet dancer Tori Hey, also from West Morris Mendham High School.

.Applications are available through high school guidance offices as well as online at the Morris Arts website, http://goo.gl/q7DFVj. For more information, please call Morris Arts at (973) 285-5115, ext. 10.  Applications must be postmarked or delivered to the Morris Arts office no later than 5PM on Friday, January 22, 2016.

Morris Arts, located in Morristown, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to building community through the arts.

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