Opportunity for our Future Musicians

Folsom Concert Association (FCA) Announces: 2020 Dick Merz Scholarship Program

The Folsom Concert Association provides Performing Arts Scholarships to university/college-bound high school seniors seeking a career path in the entertainment arts. This includes vocal or instrumental performance, theatre and or film acting, theatre/film/music production, and/or business.

Scholarships will be awarded Spring 2020 and are applicable beginning in the Fall Semester of 2020. The scholarship award and money will be up to the amount of $5,000.



  • Accepted for enrollment at an accredited junior college, college or university in one of the following:
    • Music
      • Voice
      • Instrumental
    • Theatre
      • Acting
      • Theatre Tech (lighting, audio, set design, stage management, costuming)
      • Directing
    • Film/Television/Radio
      • Acting
      • Video Production and Editing
      • Directing
      • Sound Engineering, Recording and Reinforcement
    • Dance
  • Currently involved in high school/regional music (IE band, choir) or performing arts (i.e. dance, theatre), or video/film production
  • Current cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, which must be shown on official transcript
  • Must be a currently enrolled student at one of the following high schools:
    • Cordova High School (Rancho Cordova)
    • El Dorado High School (Placerville)
    • Folsom High School (Folsom)
    • Folsom Lake High School (Folsom)
    • Granite Bay High School (Rocklin)
    • Independence High School (El Dorado)
    • Oak Ridge High School (El Dorado Hills)
    • Ponderosa High School (Shingle Springs)
    • Rocklin Independent Charter Academy (Rocklin)
    • Union Mine High School (El Dorado)
    • Virtual Academy High School (El Dorado)
    • Vista del Lago High School (Folsom)
    • Victory High School (Rocklin)
    • Walnut Wood High School (Rancho Cordova)
    • Whitney High School (Rocklin)
  • Alternatively, a 12th-grade student living within the enrollment boundaries of the schools listed above must be enrolled in one of the following:
    •  A WASC-accredited public or private school
    • A home school program affiliated with a WASC-accredited high school

Selection Criteria:

  • Scholarship Application
  • Extra-curricular school activities
  • Community Service
  • Awards and Honors
  • Essay Response
  • Demo or samples of your work in music or the visual or performing arts
    • Up to three 60 second clips on a CD, DVD, Blue-Ray or thumb drive, or email
      • Two of the clips must be video clips
      • A third clip may be video or audio
      • YouTube or URL is NOT ACCEPTABLE
    • The video and audio clips may be emailed to
  • Two Letters of Recommendation, which emphasize your involvement in the music/arts and “why” you should be selected for this scholarship
    • One of the Letters of Recommendation should be from an arts teacher, director, or arts professional
    • A second Letter of Recommendation from one of the above or from an employer or other teacher
    • Do not submit a Letter of Recommendation from a relative.
  • High Definition Digital Head Shot (NOT A SELFIE) with a solid color background.
  • Send questions to


  • Scholarship application packets must be submitted, or postdated no later than Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • Via email to
    • OR
  • Via USPS to:
    • FCA Scholarship
    • Folsom Concert Association
    • PO Box 1457
    • Folsom, California 95763-1457

IRS EIN: 94-3224032 2014 FLCCA