TAMPA, Fla. (February 16, 2018) – Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts “TBBCA” 2018 Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships applications are due mailed/postmarked by Friday, February 23rd. TBBCA will award $15,000+ in six or more competitive talent and merit based fine and performing arts scholarships of $2500 each in Theatre, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Dance, Literary Arts, and Visual Arts, to Tampa Bay area high school juniors and seniors, helping fund their higher education in the arts. Since this cornerstone TBBCA program in support of arts education and young artists was founded in 2008 by TBBCA Past President, the late Charlie Hounchell, TBBCA has awarded financial assistance for higher education tuition to more than 60 Tampa Bay area students who are some of the most promising and talented young artists and performers in the nation. Qualified students may apply in one, more, or all disciplines, via separate applications for each category. There is no fee to apply. Scholarship awards are applied directly towards tuition expenses at the winner’s selected college, university or professional training program. The guidelines and requirements with the 2018 application form are posted and downloadable on TBBCA website https://www.tbbca.org/programs-events/art-stars-scholarships/ A completed application packet must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 23 mailed to TBBCA at P.O. Box 559, Tampa, FL 33601. Contact TBBCA Executive Director Susana Weymouth at email@example.com with any questions. Winners will be selected based on talent and merit by a panel of judges who are experts in their respective fields. TBBCA will hold an awards ceremony for the 2018 winners in May. For information on 2017 judges and CHASS recipients, see https://www.tbbca.org/programs-events/art-stars-scholarships/ Past winners have attended prestigious institutions, including The Juilliard School, Yale, The Eastman School of Music, The University of Miami Frost School of Music, Belmont University, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Tufts, Savannah College of Art & Design, Penn State, Northwestern, the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa, Florida State University, University of Florida, and others.
Tampa Bay BCA is a non-profit 501 (c) (3), founded by business leaders in 1989, one of 11 national Business Committees for the Arts, member of the private sector network and national pARTnership movement of Americans for the Arts. For nearly three decades, TBBCA has united businesses in support of culture and the arts in our community, based on the philosophy that ‘the arts are good for business, and business is good for the arts.’ TBBCA pARTnerships support free value-added and curated programming, including Cultural Encounters, Pop-Up Prose and Poetry, TBBCA Chalk Walks, Culturepreneur Leadership Intern Program, Call to Artists, and others. To join the TBBCA pARTnership Movement or to donate online to The Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships go to www.tbbca.org. or contact TBBCA Executive Director Susana Weymouth at 813-221-2787. Individual scholarship naming rights and sponsorships are available.