PG&E to help Arts Council with scholarships for needy kids for summer art school

10/14/2011 3:26 PM

10/14/2011 3:27 PM

Merced County Arts Council and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said they’re working together to help Merced area students attend a summer arts program.

Each year, up to 10 local students attend the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. Many more can’t attend because of the cost of tuition, sundries and field trips. Scholarships from PG&E will help those students by providing up to $2,000 in grants to help high school students living in Merced County attend the school.

CSSSA costs $1,500 for a four-week program that includes housing and meals. Scholarships are offered by CSSSA, but don't always cover the entire tuition cost. The scholarships also can’t cover costs such as travel to the school, according to a news release from the council.

Students can learn how to apply for CSSSA by visiting or by speaking with their high school art teacher. The Arts Council staff will work directly with high school art teachers and students who have been accepted to determine each student's financial need.

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