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Posted Sunday, December 1st, 2019

Applications due January 17 for Ehlers and Coladarci Arts Scholarships

Morris Arts is pleased to offer 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.

Photos of scholarship winners

2019 winners: Dancer Leah Suskind, Ehlers Scholarship; soprano Sophia Grace Donelan, Coladarci Scholarship; and bassoonist Matt Wisotsky, Honorable Mention.

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 2020 who are currently attending 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.

The Elaine Ehlers Arts Scholarship was established in 2002 in memory of Elaine Ehlers (1953-2001), a health-care administrator by profession, who derived intellectual and emotional sustenance from the arts and supported programs at many museums and musical institutions.

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. She was completing her first term as Board Chair when she passed away in 1997.

Scholarship applications are available through high school guidance offices as well as online at the Morris Arts website, 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 17, 2020.

Morris Arts Offers Two Scholarships to Graduating High School StudentsMorris Arts, located in Morristown, NJ, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in the community and in schools, creative placemaking, arts advocacy, and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations.