Scholarship applications were due March 31 for the 2020 Des Plaines Arts Council Youth Scholarship Program. 

The evaluation process for awarding scholarships has been delayed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some applicants may be contacted by Linda Traina ( to determine if all application materials have been received.

For further information contact Linda Traina at (847) 341-4146 or Donna Catlett at (847) 296-1409. Thank you for your interest!

About the Des Plaines Arts Council Youth Scholarship Program

Scholarship Application Form for 4th Grade to 8th Grade Students

Teacher Recommendation Form

Scholarship Application Form for 9th to 12th Grade Students


The Arts Council awards scholarships in two categories. Students currently in grades 4 through 8 are eligible for a maximum of $500, while students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible for a maximum of $1000.

Since 1998 the Des Plaines Arts Council has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to eligible youth. These scholarships are to be used to pursue advanced study in the fine, performing, digital media or literary arts.  Eligible programs include, but are not limited to, private lessons or classes and summer music, speech, drama and visual art camps.  For high school seniors scholarships can be applied towards freshman college or specialty school tuition for any artistic major. Applicants must have a Des Plaines mailing address.

Applications were due on March 31, 2020.


2019 Scholarship Recipients


Nicolette Fox (Science and Arts Academy)

Mohnish Soni  (Iroquois Community School)

Callie Weinert (Chippewa)


High School

Jessica Schneider (Maine West)

Juhi Soni (Maine West)

Samantha Sukosol (Maine West)


Des Plaines Arts Council Youth Scholarship recipients were recognized at the June 3, 2019 Des Plaines City Council Meeting