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Arts Fellowship Fund
The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts makes investments in a limited number of exceptionally talented young dancers, musicians, actors and visual artists as they complete their training and begin their professional life. The goal is to help these individuals become successful so they may someday serve as leaders in their field and help others in the future. Established artists and American arts institutions identify and recommend candidates to a Selection Council, which makes the final decisions. A distinguished mentor provides guidance and support to each Fellow for the duration of the one- or two-year grant. Up to 10 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellows are selected each year. The program reflects the late Leonore Annenberg’s lifelong commitment to the arts, her desire to provide opportunities for artistic growth, and her intention to strengthen American cultural life.

Selection Process

The Fellowship Fund in the Performing and Visual Arts collaborates each year with several distinguished arts organizations and institutions to identify potential arts fellowship candidates. Collaborating organizations and institutions have included: Upon request, the partner organizations and institutions compile dossiers for a highly qualified nominee. The dossiers include the candidate’s résumé, photo, career plan, professional needs, budget and budget narrative, identification of mentor(s) during the term of the grant, additional materials and press coverage, information on the nomination process, a minimum of 2 endorsement letters, and confirmation of financial need and U.S. citizenship. Organizations submit the dossiers to Fellowship Fund program staff, who may request additional information. Program staff recommend up to 10 nominees to a Selection Council, which makes the final award decisions. Note: Unsolicited requests are not accepted.
College Scholarship Fund
The Leonore Annenberg Scholarship Fund identifies high school juniors of uncommon intelligence, empathy, and drive who overcome challenging circumstances and demonstrate exceptional character and academic achievement. Educational partner organizations recommend outstanding candidates to a national Selection Council. Recipients receive a four-year, all-expense scholarship to any fully accredited, U.S.-based college or university. A knowledgeable and committed mentor assists each scholar through the process of selecting, applying to, and preparing for college. The mentor also maintains contact with the scholar throughout the college years. Up to five Leonore Annenberg Scholars are selected each year. The program reflects the late Leonore Annenberg’s lifelong commitment to education and her desire to prepare the next generation of national and international leaders.

Selection Process

The Scholarship Fund collaborates each year with the following educational organizations to identify and screen potential scholar-candidates from their partner schools: Each organization compiles dossiers for 3-5 highly qualified students. The dossiers contain evidence of the student’s exceptional academic ability, leadership, integrity and good character, economic need, persistence, community service, and commitment to excellence. Such evidence includes the student’s résumé; official high school transcript; scores on preliminary scholastic aptitude and achievement tests, state reading and mathematics tests, and advanced placement tests; school principal’s nomination form; three detailed recommendation letters (from a school leader, guidance counselor, teacher, and other members of the community); descriptions of community service and extracurricular activities; confirmation of U.S. citizenship and economic need; the student’s personal statement; a timed writing sample; copy of a term paper or other student work product; and highlights of the student’s personal interview. Organizations submit the dossiers, together with an unranked assessment of their candidates, to Scholarship Fund program staff, who conduct additional interviews with the candidates. Program staff recommend up to 5 nominees to a Selection Council, which makes the final award decisions. Note: Unsolicited requests are not accepted.
Elementary School Fund
The Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children provides educational resources to public elementary schools in the U.S. with the highest concentration of poor children. The resources must be of immediate and direct value to, and use by, students. Educational partner organizations, many of which participated in the Annenberg Challenge for School Reform (1995-2001), identify and nominate schools for an award. A Selection Council makes the final school grant decisions each year. Up to 8-10 elementary schools are selected for an award each year. The program reflects the late Leonore Annenberg’s desire to add value to the school experience of each child.

Selection Process

The School Fund for Children collaborates each year with the following educational organizations to identify potential award recipients among their partner schools: Each organization compiles dossiers for 2-4 public elementary schools that serve large populations of poor students and lack essential resources. The following criteria are considered in the nomination process: school location and stability, total school population, racial/ethnic composition, enrollment history and average daily attendance, student suspensions and serious incidents, school leadership, teacher experience and expertise, student achievement, and anecdotal information about the school, its students and its neighborhood. Organizations submit the school dossiers to School Fund program staff, who may request additional information. Program staff recommend 8-10 nominees to a Selection Council, which makes the final award decisions. Note: Unsolicited requests are not accepted.

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