Art Scholarships available to local high school seniors

The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, partnered with Arts Foundation of CC

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, in partnership with The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, is announcing the 6th Annual POSITIVELY DIFFERENT Arts Foundation Scholarship Program. Each year, for the past six years, $5000 worth of scholarships are awarded to 5 local graduating high school seniors who are pursuing higher education in creative arts fields.

“It’s been wonderful to be able to make a difference in the lives of these students through the generous funding of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod,” said Julie Wake, Executive Director of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. “We have an extremely talented group of people living on the Cape and practicing art daily, and that group includes students. More and more, we’re able to quantify the positive impact art makes on education and life.”

Eligible entries will be from students who are graduating from a public, private, tech, or home education school; living on Cape Cod in the spring of 2016; and who are accepted into a degree program in their field at an accredited college or university. Five selections will be made based on the quality of the submissions, excellence of the work and academic achievement.

“Each awardee must be accepted to an accredited four-year institution,” said Julie Wake, Executive Director of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. “They’re each given $1000 to use toward their undergraduate degree in the arts.”

Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and require the submission of a portfolio and essay. Categories include Visual Arts, Performance Arts, and Creative Writing. Within each category are the following concentrations: Architecture, Graphic Design, painting, sculpture, mixed media under Visual Arts; set/costume design, dance, vocal and instrumental music under Performance Arts; and poetry, short story and scriptwriting under Creative Writing.

“We see our partnership with the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod in this scholarship program as two-fold.” said Joel Crowell, President and CEO of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, “The first is investing in the futures of our young people, and the second is investing in the arts. The arts community is part of the backbone of Cape Cod and part of what makes this such a special place to live and visit.”

Students can apply at throughout the spring semester. Application deadline is April 30, 2017 at midnight.  The scholarships will be awarded at a luncheon in the winners’ honor in May. 

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Barnstable County's regional arts agency, provides artistic, cultural, and educational programs in every town on Cape Cod, with an emphasis on supporting arts education initiatives, individual artists, and cultural organizations throughout the year.  For further information about the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, please visit, call the AFCC at 508-362-0066, or email [email protected].

The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod is an independent, local, mutual community bank with over $800 million in assets. Established in 1921, the bank is committed to investing in the Cape Cod community where we live and work. The bank is headquartered in Hyannis with branches on Route 6A in Yarmouth Port, East Dennis and West Barnstable; in Sandwich at 275 Cotuit Road; in Hyannis at 695 Attucks Lane in Independence Park; in East Harwich at 1470 Orleans Road/Route 39; in North Falmouth at 660 North Falmouth Highway; in Falmouth at 238 Worcester Court; and in Marstons Mills at 3878 Falmouth Road.  For more information, please visit,, or call 508.568.3400. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on