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1/20/22: The McLean Community Center and the Old Firehouse Center will open on time. All classes will be held as scheduled. Rentals and local, open meetings are not affected unless canceled by the Executive Director or the rental client.


The James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition

About the 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 or attend school in the MCC tax district (Small District One A-Dranesville) are eligible to apply.


  • The Application Form can be found here.
    • 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.

  • Application Deadline: Friday, Jan. 28
    Preliminary Round: Week of February 7
    Final Competition: Wednesday, April 20, 8 p.m.

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


Application Guidelines

Check Payment Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Preliminary Round Info


Credit card payment links:

Theatre Application

Dance Application

Vocal Music Application

Instrumental Music Application

Would you like to make a donation in support of the Macdonald Scholarship Fund? Find out more information, here.