2016/17 Actor & Author Scholarships

Application and Guidelines

Scholarships from the John E. Profant Foundation For The Arts are funded by community support of the annual
Fiesta Finale as well as by contributions, grants and bequests.

The mission of The John E. Profant Foundation For The Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is to assist developing artists in the categories of music, dance, visual art, drama, and literature. In 2014 we made a change to our application process, and now focus on each discipline in a separate application period. The current round is focused on Drama and Literature. We offer scholarships ranging from $500 to $2000, to applicants who successfully complete the application and review process. The scholarships shall not be limited by age and may be used to provide basic living support as well as tuition depending on individual needs. Recipients may reapply for continuing support.

Preference may be given to artists unable to qualify for traditional scholarships, i.e. age, financial situation, etc. The selection committee will consist of established artists in the applicable field, residing outside the County of Santa Barbara.

Guidelines:    Category – Drama  or  Literature

Application time period: October 1 – November 15, 2016.
Applications must be postmarked no later than November 15, 2016. The outside envelope must clearly state Application for Drama Scholarship, or Application for Literature Scholarship.  Applicants must be residents of the County of Santa Barbara.


The application consists of three parts:

1. The Application Form  – please enclose 2 copies of your completed form (below).

2a. Supporting Material Actors.  A short (NO MORE THAN 7 MINUTES) Visual Clip of your work.  DVD or Thumb Drive are acceptable.  NO ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCES PLEASE. Production quality of visual clip will NOT be considered, as long as it adequately represents your talent.

2b. Supporting Material Authors.  A representative sample or samples of your work (NO MORE THAN 5 TYPED PAGES)

3. Additional Material –  A photo of yourself.  (8 x 10 head shots are acceptable, but not necessary.)

Two copies of your application and one copy of your supporting material must be included within one envelope.  Clearly mark supporting material with your name and email address.  These materials will not be returned.


Mail your applications with supporting material to:
John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts,  Attn: Review Committee
3905 State Street, Suite 7 – 128  Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Recipients will be notified and awarded funds in late January, 2017. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by e-mail. Funds awarded are to be used for the purpose described in the application. A Monitor from our organization will follow-up to assist scholarship recipients in following the guidelines to receive funds.

– – – – – – –  The 2017 Drama & Literature Scholarship Application Form – – – – – – –

Print the following questions, complete and mail them with the required materials described above.
No email submittals will be accepted.



Phone Number:

Address: (You must reside in, or attend school in Santa Barbara County. You may be a Santa Barbara resident temporarily attending school outside the county.)

E-mail Address: (If you do not have a personal email address, submit an email address of a friend or relative who can contact you. This is required for future communications.)

Social Security Number (last 4 digits):

How did you hear about this application?

Category:  DRAMA  -or-  LITERATURE

Description of Enclosed Material: (DVD, Document, or Thumb Drive)

Your Plans for the Funds:

A)  Check one Category: 

_____ Classes/Workshop

_____ A project benefiting the community

_____ Other  __________________________________________________

B)  On a separate sheet of paper, describe your Goals (500 words or less) :

Describe your talent

How do you plan to develop your talent?

What are your unique needs?

If your application is successful, how will the funds be used?

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Preserving Santa Barbara’s cultural heritage and assisting artists

of all ages in the community, through scholarships,

exhibits & performances.