Opportunity for our Future Musicians

Folsom Concert Association (FCA) Announces: 2019 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 are awarded each spring and are applicable beginning in the following fall semester. The scholarship award and money will be up to the amount of $5,000.



  • Must be a currently enrolled student at one of the following high schools:
    • Cordova High School (Rancho Cordova)
    • Folsom High School (Folsom)
    • Oak Ridge High School (El Dorado Hills)
    • Ponderosa High School (Shingle Springs)
    • Vista del Lago High School (Folsom)
    • Union Mine High School (El Dorado)
    • El Dorado High School (Placerville)
    • Granite Bay 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 private school
      • A home school program affiliated with a WASC-accredited high school
  • Currently involved in high school/regional music (IE band, choir) or performing arts (IE dance, theatre), or video/film production
  • Current cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, which must be proven with official transcript
  • 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
      • Directing
      • Video Editing
      • Sound Engineering
    • Dance

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
      • 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 art teacher, director, or arts professional
    • A second Letter of Recommendation from one of the above or from an employer or teacher
    • Do not submit a Letter of Recommendation from a relative.
  • High Definition Digital Head Shot
  • Send questions to


  • The date will soon be announced for the submission of the 2019 Scholarship application packets. Applications must be submitted by March 14, 2019.
  • Via email to
    • OR
  • Via USPS to:
    • FCA Dick Merz Scholarship
    • Folsom Concert Association
    • PO Box 1457
    • Folsom, California 95763-1457

IRS EIN: 94-3224032 2014 FLCCA