Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship

Annually, the McLean Community Center recognizes the hard work and talent of young performing artists through the James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition. Following a preliminary round and final round of competition, three prizes (1st - $1,200; 2nd - $800, and 3rd - $400) are awarded in each of four categories: Dance, Theater, Instrumental Music and Vocal Music. In 2020, the 1st place Instrumental Award was named in honor of Anita Lamkin, a longtime friend of young musicians and supporter of music performances in McLean.

Who can apply: High school students who reside in or go to school in the MCC tax district (Small District 1A-Dranesville) are eligible to apply. Students may enter in more than one category, but must submit an application form for each. A nonrefundable, $20 fee is required for each application form submitted.

Click here for the application.

2024 Macdonald Guidelines

Application Deadline: Friday, Jan. 26, 2024
Preliminary Round: Week of Feb. 5
Final Competition: Wednesday, April 17, 8 p.m.

If you have any questions about the James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition, please contact Danielle Van Hook.

If making your application payment via credit card, please use the appropriate payment links below:

Macdonald Application Fee - Dance 2024

Macdonald Application Fee - Instrumental Music 2024

Macdonald Application Fee - Theater 2024

Macdonald Application Fee - Vocal Music 2024