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The James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition

About the scholarship

Annually, the McLean Community Center recognizes the hard work and talent of young performing artists through the James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition. Following a preliminary round and final round of competition, three prizes (1st - $1,200; 2nd - $800, and 3rd - $400) are awarded in each of four categories: Dance, Theater, Instrumental Music and Vocal Music. In 2020, the 1st place Instrumental Award was named in honor of Anita Lamkin, a longtime friend of young musicians and supporter of music performances in McLean.

Who can apply: High school students who reside or attend school in the MCC tax district (Small District One A-Dranesville) are eligible to apply.


  • Application forms and information will be available online in December 2021.
    • Students may enter in more than one category, but must submit an application form for each
    • A nonrefundable, $20 fee is required for each application form submitted.

  • Application Deadline: Friday, Jan. 28
    Preliminary Round: Week of February 7
    Final Competition: Wednesday, April 20, 8 p.m.

    If you have any questions about the James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition, please contact Danielle Van Hook
    at Danielle.VanHook@fairfaxcounty.gov

Would you like to make a donation in support of the Macdonald Scholarship Fund? Find out more information, here.