The mission of the Phoenix Foundation of Central Florida is afford young people
the opportunity to recreate themselves while pursuing their educational goals.
As knowledge is the key to changing society, the Phoenix Foundation provides
funds to enhance and supplement education.
It takes a great deal of self-confidence and determination to decide to pursue an education in performing arts. Many people believe that actors, singers and musicians become successful because of luck or connections, but at the Phoenix Foundation we understand that it also takes dedication and hard work in addition to talent. It also takes money! We believe in your ability to make your dreams come true and we want to help.
For our purposes we define performing arts as instrumental or vocal performance, acting, stagecraft or musical theater. These disciplines are all very competitive and rigorous. In most cases students must audition to be accepted to the program of study in each of these fields. Freshmen and sophomores applying for this scholarship do not need to be accepted to the program of study but must demonstrate that they are pursuing their field of study by submitting grade reports at the end of each term.
Students must complete an essay of no more than 500 words. The prompt for this essay is: “How do you think your participation in the performing arts positively impacts the lives of others?” You can draw on your personal experiences that have impacted an individual or group. If you have already received this scholarship and are re-applying, please use this prompt: “We have all struggled during the pandemic this past year, what steps have you taken to continue growing as a performer during this time?”
Applicants must also submit the letter of reference from a current instructor in your chosen field of study. For example, if you are planning to pursue an education in vocal performance please submit the letter from your current chorus teacher or private vocal instructor; if you are planning to pursue an education in instrumental music please submit the letter from your current band or orchestra director or private instrument teacher; if you are planning to pursue an education in acting or musical theater please submit the letter from your current drama teacher or community based arts organization. No more than three letters of recommendation will be accepted. Please send all completed documents to the Phoenix Foundation of Central Florida, P.O.Box 541868, Merritt Island, FL 32954.
All applicants must have proof of acceptance to, or be currently enrolled in, a four year university; a 3.5 un-weighted high school GPA or 3.0 college GPA; be attending or planning to attend in a full time capacity; and be willing to submit all requested documents including, but not limited to: proof of acceptance to a four year university, reference letter, essay, transcripts and tax documentation if asked. Scholarships will be awarded between $1,000 and $33,000 at the discretion of the selection committee.