The Kathleen Monahan Foundation Fund Scholarship

The Kathleen Monahan Foundation Fund Scholarship provides financial support for high school seniors from Tarpon Springs in their pursuit of a performing arts education/career.

The mission of the Kathleen Monahan Foundation Fund (KMFF) is to support, promote and fund the performing arts and arts education opportunities for arts organizations, professional artists, and residents of the greater Tarpon Springs community. The KMFF’s focus is to increase the ability of people from all cultural and economic backgrounds to experience the joy and wonder the performing arts bring to our lives.

The fund will award two (2) scholarships of $1,000 each.

Selection Criteria

  • The scholarship funds shall benefit graduating seniors from Tarpon Springs High School, or students who live in Tarpon Springs and attend a Pinellas County arts magnet program. Preference is given to those living in Tarpon Springs.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated involvement in the performing arts while in high school.
  • Applicants must plan to pursue a secondary education in the performing arts at an accredited educational institution.
  • Scholarship recipients must be in good academic standing.

Application Timeline

  • Applications will open on Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • All applications must be received by 11:59pm on Friday, April 14, 2023
  • Scholarship selection will be announced on May 5, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

What must applicants provide?

A completed application and an essay of 800 words or less, stating why you believe you should be awarded the scholarship.

GPA (provided by school administration)

How will the scholarship be awarded?

The scholarships will be awarded based on the decision of an independent committee which will review applications and make recommendations for awards.

What will a scholarship pay for?

The scholarship can be used to pay for traditional educational expenses, with a focus on paying tuition and textbook costs. All scholarship payments will be made to the chosen educational institution of the student, as specified in their application.

About Kathleen Monahan

Kathleen is singularly responsible for making Tarpon Springs a major regional center for the performing arts. As the founding Director of Cultural and Civic Services for the City of Tarpon Springs, Kathleen has developed a full range of programs (concerts, musicals, drama, dance, lecture series) which are now performed in four venues within the city. In addition to her undergraduate degree (cum laude) from the University of California, Irvine, she holds advanced degrees from Wesleyan University (CT), the University of South Florida, and the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her doctoral degree in ethnomusicology. Kathleen has served on numerous state and local not-for-profit boards and grants panels. An accomplished flutist and choral singer, she continues to support the local arts scene in her role as the vice president of the Kathleen Monahan Foundation Fund Inc.

The KMFF was founded by the late Brent Wadsworth, a renowned golf course developer and philanthropist, and his wife Jean, to recognize Kathleen’s contributions to the arts in Tarpon Springs. Get more information on the Kathleen Monahan Foundation Fund.