Classic Center Cultural Foundation awards $27,500 in scholarships

The Classic Center Cultural Foundation has announced the winners of its 2017 Performing Arts Scholarships.


A total of 35 students from the Athens area, as well as Rabun and Greene counties, competed for one of this year’s eight $2,000 scholarships.

It was the most the Cultural Foundation has ever awarded.

In total, the foundation awarded $27,500 in scholarships this year.

Grace Strickland of North Oconee High School, Jessie Keuhne of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee, Ester Muniz of Rabun County High School and Matthew Ingram of Greene County High School were each presented a vocal performance scholarship.

Instrumental scholarships were awarded to Lauren Chen of Cedar Shoals High School, Kelsey Becker of Rabun County High School and Anna Yin of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School.

Kiana Washington of Oconee County High School was presented with a drama scholarship.

Each recipient’s high school also received $500 for the music and arts departments.

Because of donations from foundation members over the past year, additional scholarships were awarded in Rabun County and a new scholarship was created in Greene County.

In addition to the eight Performing Arts Scholarships, the foundation will award three $2,000 culinary scholarships in June, with each recipient’s culinary program receiving an additional $500.

Applications for the culinary scholarship are now being accepted through May 31, 2017. All interested applicants can apply at

Visit for more information on the scholarships provided by The Classic Center Cultural Foundation.



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