The Arts High Foundation is proud to administer and offer a variety of scholarships to LACHSA students each year, mostly awarding them to graduating seniors going off to colleges, universities, or conservatories.
Endowment & Scholarship Funds
Generous donors have established scholarship and endowment funds at the Arts High Foundation in order to provide LACHSA students and arts programs with financial support.
Bobby Brooks Endowment Fund
This fund was established in memory of music agent Bobby Brooks by his wife Barbara Cane. The interest/dividends from the endowment support the Composer-in-Residence in the Music program. Each year, Composer-in-Residence Jason Goldman is commissioned to compose original music that is performed publicly by the LACHSA Jazz Band.
Craig Charles Herst Memorial Endowment Fund
This fund was established in memory of Craig Charles Herst by his mother Terry Herst. Craig’s family and friends have generously contributed to this fund. The interest/dividends from the endowment help to underwrite the publication of the Visual Arts Student Portfolio – Gift of Love.
Kathy Beth Kantor Memorial Fund
This fund was established in memory of photographer Kathy Beth Kantor by her father, Dr. Edward Kantor, and generously supported by relatives and friends of the Kantor family. The interest/dividends from the endowment are used to award scholarships to student photographers to support their work in the field.
Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson Memorial Endowment Fund
This fund was established in memory of LACHSA and Arts High Foundation co-founder and philanthropist Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson (1918-2005). It was funded with donations from her family and friends with an additional portion from the proceeds of a joint UCLA-Arts High Foundation fundraiser held in 1997 to honor Henry Mancini. Interest/dividends from this fund are allocated at the discretion of the Arts High Foundation Board.
Gwyn Lurie Endowment Fund
This fund was established in honor of former Arts High Foundation Trustee Gwyn Lurie. The interest from this endowments support the general-operating expenses of the Arts High Foundation.
Henry Mancini Memorial Scholarship in Music Composition
The Arts High Foundation is extremely honored to have a true champion of arts education, Ginny Mancini, provide this unique and prestigious $5K award to LACHSA’s most promising music composer—a graduating senior who will continue his or her studies in music composition at a college, university, or conservatory.
Lupe Ontiveros Memorial Scholarship in Theatre
This award was established by Josefina Lopez, LACHSA Alumnus and playwright famous for Real Women Have Curves, in 2012 as a way to honor the memory of her dear friend, mentor, actress and force of nature, Lupe Ontiveros. This scholarship identifies young women who possess the qualities that Lupe championed: strength, resilience, promise, as well as an ongoing determination in one’s work to make a difference in the lives around you and in your community.
Performing Arts Endowment
This endowment fund to benefit the dance, music and theatre departments was established at the Arts High Foundation when LACHSA was selected as one of the five best arts high schools in the nation in 2001 by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Talented Students in the Arts Initiative. The $750,000 grant was matched with gifts from The Ahmanson Foundation, the Erich and Della Koenig Foundation, the B.C. McCabe Foundation, the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, Modern Music, the Brawerman Foundation, Laifun Chung and Ted Kotcheff, LACHSA parents and a capstone gift from The Annenberg Foundation. Annual grants from Surdna Foundation to support the performing arts programs were made during the five years the endowment was being matched. The earnings from the endowment will support the Dance, Theatre and Music Departments into perpetuity.
Gary Soerensen Scholarship
Help continue the legacy of LACHSA founding Musical Theatre chair, Gary Soerensen, by donating to support a scholarship in his name! With this scholarship, provided by the support of generations of Mr. Soerensen’s students and friends, future generations of LACHSA students will continue to benefit from Mr. Soerensen’s generosity and influence!