Recipients of these scholarships are determined and awarded during the CSSSA summer session by the CSSSA director, department chairs, and faculty. No additional application or paperwork is required.


Herb Alpert Foundation Emerging Young Artists Scholarships

The CSSSA Foundation is proud to be the exclusive partner of the Herb Alpert Foundation Scholarships for Emerging Young Artists, a major funding program for college-level artists. Each year, 21 CSSSA students receive awards ranging from a one-time scholarship of $2,500 to a four-year scholarship totaling $40,000. The Herb Alpert EYA Scholars are able to use these funds to cover tuition and educational expenses at any college or university they choose to attend.

Alece Plasencia, CSSSA College Counselor
Alece is dedicated to working with CSSSA's scholarship winners from high school through college. For over 29 years, Alece has provided expertise in college counseling at LAUSD high schools.

Mel Swope Performing Arts Scholarship

Established in 2014, the Mel Swope Performing Arts Scholarship offers a $10,000 college scholarship to one outstanding Music, Theater or Dance student at CSSSA who demonstrates excellence in the Performing Arts. 

Cal Pritner Theater Scholarship

The Cal Pritner Theater Scholarship is a $10,000 annual college scholarship presented to one outstanding CSSSA student who demonstrates excellence in Theater. The first award was presented in 2015.

Calvin Pritner was a long-time Theater faculty member at CSSSA. He brought his love of Shakespeare to CSSSA for nearly 20 years, and will be missed by CSSSA students and faculty across the country. We are proud to honor Cal Pritner’s legacy and lasting contribution to CSSSA through this special scholarship.