Since 1971, Monmouth Arts has been committed to celebrating youth in the arts. Celebrating young artists and their work is necessary in order to inspire the next generation of artists in our world. As a community of artists and arts supporters, Monmouth Arts continues to invest in our young artists and their education. 


Each year, Monmouth Arts presents young arts students with college scholarships through our Emerging Artist Scholarship Program. The program awards $500 scholarships to two deserving Monmouth County high school seniors who are committed to pursuing the arts in higher education. The scholarships are sponsored by MC² Funding the Arts, the East Coast USA Pageant, and the Grunin Foundation.

Congratulations to the 2021 Emerging Artist Scholarship Recipients! 

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Anna Zimmer, Communications High School

Jay and Linda Grunin Scholarship for the Arts


Anna Zimmer is a senior currently attending Communications High School under the instruction of visual arts teacher Shelley Ortner. She plans on attending Stevens Institute of Technology this fall, majoring in Visual Art & Technology. In that vein, she aspires to design more immersive art experiences through interactive technology.


Liam Umbs, Communications High School

MC² Scholarship for Performing and Literary Arts


Liam Umbs, of Monmouth Beach, NJ, is a senior at Communications High School. He has studied piano for fourteen years and is a student of Marina Strakovsky. Besides piano, Liam enjoys serving as Editor-in-Chief of his school’s newspaper. This fall, he will attend the University of Pennsylvania to study Music.


  Applications for 2021 are now closed.  


  • Student must be a matriculating high school senior, and be able to verify their intent to enroll in a higher education program in the fall, with degree of study focused in performing or literary arts, fashion, film, photography or visual arts.

  • Student must be able to verify that they are a Monmouth County resident.

  • Student must achieve at least a 3.5 GPA.

  • Student must be a a Student Member of Monmouth Arts. Interested applicants who are not already a member can join for FREE by clicking here!

  • Student must have a one-page recommendation letter written by a teacher. It can be either a school teacher or a private-study teacherOne recommendation only.


Notification of Results and Award Presentation:

  • All adjudication decisions are final.

  • Comments/evaluation notes will not be returned following the audition.

  • Adjudication panel will be made up of adjudicators from the Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival and members of the Monmouth Arts Board of Trustees.

  • Scholarship recipients must attend the Monmouth Arts Arts Education Awards and perform/display their submitted work in order to receive their award (pending CDC/State/Federal health guidelines).

  • Participants will be notified via email of their audition/portfolio results. Participants are not permitted to post the results of the scholarship on social media following notification until the official announcement of the scholarship recipients at the Arts Education Awards (they are permitted, and encouraged, to use social media to publicize their performance at the ceremony, so long as they do not reveal that they are the scholarship winner). After the award ceremony, a press release will be issued naming the award recipients, which can then be shared with family and friends.

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Aisa Feratovic

MC² Scholarship for Performing & Literary Arts

Aisa Feratovic is a graduating senior at Long Branch High School. Her theatre teacher is Mr. Moore, who she says “has had an everlasting impact on my performance.” She will be attending Drexel University in the fall with a major in Entertainment and Arts Management, and a minor in theatre.

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Jillian Tracy

Jay & Linda Grunin Scholarship for Visual Arts

Jillian Tracy is currently a senior at Communications High School, taught by visual arts teacher Shelley Ortner. While at Rochester Institute of Technology this fall, she aims to merge intuitive visual design and technology to create dynamic user experiences, majoring in New Media Interactive Development.

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Maxwell Connery

MC² Scholarship for Performing & Literary Arts

Maxwell Connery is a senior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional HS, and in the Fall will be attending NYU Tisch School of the Arts – Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music as a Songwriter Entrepreneur.  A multi-instrumentalist, trained in classical, jazz and contemporary styles, Maxwell is the singer-songwriter of 2018 Asbury Music Award winners “Sonic Blume.” Recently named one of the “Top NJ Bands to Hear in 2019” by NJ Star-Ledger, their second album “Beach Karma,” was also named one of the “Top NJ Records of 2018.

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Sebrina Gao

Jay & Linda Grunin Scholarship for Visual Arts


Sebrina Gao is a 17-year old senior at Communications High School. Sebrina has been the recipient of many regional and national awards, and is a student of Shelley Ortner. She aims to pursue a career the entertainment industry and one day, create visual development art for animated films. She will be attending the ArtCenter College of Design - Pasadena, CA in the Fall of this year. 

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Elena Yasin 

MC² Scholarship for Performing & Literary Arts


Elena Yasin is a member of both the Dance Team and Dance Academy at Matawan Regional High School under the direction of Julie McKurth. She has been training for 14 years through various programs including the Senior Ensemble at Peridance Capezio Center in Manhattan, and the Monmouth County Arts High School dance program. She plans to continue exploring the capacity of her physical and artistic abilities in expressivemovement at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in the fall.

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Andrew Wang

Jay & Linda Grunin Scholarship for Visual Arts

Andrew Wang is a student artist who enjoys using a variety of media and techniques in order to create pieces with an illustrative feel. Andy currently attends Communications High School, and studies under his visual arts teacher Shelley Ortner. He will attend the Rhode Island School of Design this fall.