Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Des Plaines Arts Council Youth Scholarship Program.

Download the cover letter and application form here: 2018 Des Plaines Arts Council Youth Scholarship Application

Completed applications, and letters of reference can be emailed to

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 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 are due on March 31, 2018.


2017 Scholarship Winners

Elementary/Middle School                                            

Belle Gerstmayr  (Chippewa)                                           

Chance Inouye  (Science and Arts Academy)                  

Rose Kurutz  (Chippewa)                                                 

Juhi Soni  (Iroquois)  

Mohnish Soni  (Iroquois)                                                      


High School

Tara Folino  (Resurrection)

Sara Gonzalez  (Maine West)

Jason Mueller  (Maine West)

Jack O’Conor  (Notre Dame)

Nikolina Vujcic  (Maine West)