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Clark Center for the Performing Arts Congratulates their 2021 Clark Center Scholarship Award Winners

The Clark Center for the Performing Arts awarded scholarships to nine seniors residing in the Lucia Mar Unified School District contributing to their pursuit of higher education in the arts. The scholarships were funded through an endowment conceived to recognize young performers, which was made possible through the generous bequests and contributions of the Melick and Arlene Mendel Estate, the Ron & Bernie Kautz Memorial Scholarship Fund, Carol & Bill Rust as well as the Clark Center Scholarship Fund.  New donors to the fund this year were Bernice Flood on behalf of the Flood Family and The Clark Family Trust.
Clark Center Scholarship Committee members, Kim and Kenyon Banks, Corki Clark-Henderson, Joan Henry, Dave Kastner, Julia Marsh, Robyn Metchik, Mary Rowan-Ishikawa, Carol Rust, and Gary Thompson awarded the nine student finalists $15,000 in scholarships for further studies in the arts.
From Arroyo Grande High School, Eliana Nunley received a $3000 scholarship, Colleen Rhatigan and Grace Johnson each received $2000, Jose Mendoza, Britney Cloud, and Kiana Gonzales each received $1000. Kiana’s scholarship was specifically sponsored by the Ron & Bernie Kautz Memorial Scholarship Fund. Central Coast New Tech High School senior Dorian Green received a $1500 scholarship and Nipomo High School senior Rachael Todd received $1500. Violinist Claire Sze, who attends Crossroads High School received $2000. This Fall these talented students will be attending schools such as PCPA, Berklee College of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, and New York Film Academy as well as our local Cuesta and Alan Hancock colleges. While most are performing artists, we also awarded scholarships to a student pursuing a career in stage management/technical theater and another who created a short film and will be pursuing a career making movies, both of which were firsts for our program.
This is the 18th year the Clark Center has held its performing arts scholarship competition. Please consider making a gift or bequest to the Scholarship Fund to ensure these funds are available to impact our local students as well as the future of the performing arts industry. For more information on the Clark Center Scholarship Fund, contact our Business Office (805) 489-4196.