105 Monmouth St.

Red Bank, NJ 07701


The programs of Monmouth Arts are made possible in part by funds from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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Jay and Linda Grunin Scholarship for the Arts

 Sponsored by the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation

For Students in Fashion, Film, Photography, or Visual Arts









  • 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 a degree of study focused in performing or literary 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 registered participant in the 2019 Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival.

  • Either as an individual registrant or through their school.

  • Student must have a one-page recommendation letter written by a teacher.

  • Can be either a school teacher or a private-study teacher.

  • One recommendation only, please.

  • Student should provide one high-resolution photograph (headshot, cap and gown portrait, etc.) suitable for publication.

  • Submissions should be submitted through the application form, which can be found HERE during the submission period.

  • The scholarship application is DUE NO LATER THAN 11:59 pm on March 31, 2019. No late applications will be accepted. 





  • Only short films under 5 minutes will be accepted.

    • Films exceeding 5 minutes will not be reviewed or considered.

  • Films must be submitted in MP4 format only.

  • Any genre of film is acceptable.




  • Students must submit high-resolution images of 4 designs that they feel represents their best work.

    • One design should be a garment that they have sewn. Please send very clear, high-resolution images of the garment’s front, back, and sides.

      • One close-up image of a part of the garment student would like to highlight is acceptable. However, no more than one, please.

    • The remaining designs are to be sketches. Sketches of designs are to be on full-length fashion figures with back views.

    • Each design should have several sentences discussing the thought process and inspiration for the design.

  • Any style of work is acceptable.




  • Students must submit high-resolution images of 5 pieces that they feel represents their best work.

    • Must be submitted in .JPEG format only.

    • Please ensure pictures are CLEAR (blurry photos cannot be adjudicated properly) and large enough to be able to be reviewed and critiqued for detail.

  • Any medium is acceptable.

    • The focus is to submit work that you feel represents their artistry at its BEST.

  • 3-D work/sculpture IS ACCEPTABLE for submission.

    • Must be photographed at ALL angles (front, back, each side, top, etc.)

    • Collectively, these images will count as one submission of work.

  • The student must submit artist statement (one statement in total, discussing all work submitted).

    • Statement of artwork should be under 500 words.




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 2019 Monmouth Arts Education Awards (however, we do encourage you to publicize your presentation at the ceremony on social media, so long as you do not reveal the results of the scholarship). After the ceremony, a press release will be issued naming the award recipients, which can then be shared with family and friends.

  • Performance/display must be of the work submitted for consideration.

Scholarship recipients must attend the 2019 Monmouth Arts Education Awards in order to receive their award. The scholarship recipient will perform or display their work during the ceremony.

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

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

All adjudication decisions are final.