Art Stars Scholarships Program Calls for Applicants

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Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts Announces The 2018 Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships Program

Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts (TBBCA) is proud to continue to financially support arts education and announce The 2018 Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships Program Call for Applicants is now open. This cornerstone TBBCA program in support of arts education and young artists, is named in honor of TBBCA Past President, the late Charlie Hounchell, who was the program’s founder and champion.

Each year, TBBCA awards 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 them to fund their higher education in the arts. Since 2008, TBBCA has awarded over $155,000, providing 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. Winners will be selected based on talent and merit by a panel of judges who are experts in their respective fields.  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 Julliard 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.

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/   or contact TBBCA Executive Director Susana Weymouth at susanaweymouth@tbbca.org with any questions or to receive an application via email. Over the holiday school break, TBBCA encourages students to gather together their application documents, recommendation letters, and prepare their artist statement, work samples, and other required material. 

A completed application packet must be mailed to TBBCA at P.O. Box 559, Tampa, FL 33601, by the deadline of Friday, Feb. 23 2018. TBBCA will hold an awards ceremony for the 2018 winners in May.


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 pARTnership movement of Americans for the Arts. For over 28 years, 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 programs that include free 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.

This post expires on Saturday February 24, 2018.