Applications will be available in December for the 2020 Des Plaines Arts Council Youth Scholarship Program. 

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

About the Des Plaines Arts Council Youth Scholarship Program

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 will be 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