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CNY Arts Now Accepting Applications Now For Senator John W. Mannion & Senator Rachel May Young Artist Scholarship

Thanks to the support of Senators John Mannion and Rachel May, students in the 50th and 53rd Senate Districts are now able to apply for scholarships to continue their artistic and culturally related goals, respectively. The program was previously funded by Former Senator John A. DeFrancisco. 

Former Senator John A. DeFrancisco stands with previous scholarship awardees

The purpose of the program is to recognize and support gifted young artists currently enrolled in grades 7-12, permanently residing in the 50th and 53rd NYS Senate District, in their artistic development by providing financial assistance in Advanced or Ongoing Study or Intensive Programs.

The scholarship is an opportunity for students to advance in their discipline, further their development and education, and/or increase their exposure. Students must demonstrate a definite talent in the area of arts and culture as well as a minimum of three years’ experience in the field. Returning applicants must demonstrate the value and impact of the program on their artistic development.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via Submittable.

Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to apply.

Deadline for applications is on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

Awards will be announced in late June 2022. 

For details and to apply, visit

Senator Rachel May represents Central New York’s 53rd District, which includes most of the City of Syracuse, parts of Onondaga and Oneida counties, and all of Madison County.

Senator John Mannion represents the 50th Senate District, which encompasses part of Syracuse's north side, as well as the towns of Camillus, Clay, DeWitt, Elbridge, Geddes, Ira, Lysander, Manlius, Marcellus, Onondaga, Otisco, Skaneateles, Spafford, and Van Buren in Onondaga County; and parts of the city of Auburn as well as the towns of Brutus, Cato, Ira and Sennett in Cayuga County