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.

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.