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Funding Available to Local Arts Students

Scholarship applications from the Festival of Arts for graduating high school seniors who reside in Laguna Beach are now available online at the Festival’s website LagunaFestivalofArts.org or at its offices, 650 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

The four-year, highly competitive scholarships are awarded to students who excel in film, performing arts (dance, music and theatre arts-including performance and production), visual arts and writing.  Applicants may apply for any or all of the four categories, but will only be awarded one scholarship.  Application deadline is March 18, 2011.

Auditions and interviews will be scheduled in March and April 2011.  Scholarship awards begin at a minimum of $1,000 and can be renewed for a total of four one-year scholarships.  Students must return each summer to reapply for a continuation of scholarship status.

Cal Grant Deadline Nears

The deadline for college-bound students to submit an application for a Cal Grant award is March 2, state Sen. Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach) said in a reminder.

Under the Cal Grant program, every college-bound student who qualifies, and who meets the March 2 application deadline, will receive a Cal Grant award for tuition and fees.

There are several types of Cal Grants available including awards based solely on financial need, those based on a combination of need and academic achievement, or those for students in occupational or career training programs. While there is a proposal to reduce these grants as part of a deficit reduction measure for the state, no decision has been made and students are still urged to apply for them.

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Cal Grant Grade Point Average Verification Form at www.fafsa.ed.gov and www.calgrants.org/.

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