Support CSSSA Programs
The CSSSA Low-Income Scholarship Fund ensures that no California student is denied access to CSSSA due to financial need. Admission to the school is solely merit-based; only after a student is accepted—based on artistic promise and accomplishment—is financial need addressed.
Thanks to our donors, the CSSSA Foundation provides approximately $210,000 in financial need scholarships annually. Since 1987, the Foundation has given over $4.5 million in annual CSSSA scholarships.
Guest Artists Program
Professional artists are invited to CSSSA each summer to educate, and inspire the students. Many of these artists focus on disrupting the status quo, making art that matters and addressing social justice issues. They challenge students to work beyond perceived limitations at an increasingly professional level.
In honor of Rob Jaffe, the beloved former CSSSA Director, a special fund was created to support Guest Artists in perpetuity. The Rob Jaffe Memorial Fund helps ensure that this unique program continues to bring today's most innovative and accomplished artists to CSSSA.
High Tech Equipment and Supplies
In order to provide a cutting-edge, pre-professional experience to students, the CSSSA Foundation facilitates the donation or use of high-tech equipment from generous sponsors. Equipment can include specialized tools, technology, software, hardware, and more.
The film program is particularly grateful to Sony Pictures Entertainment for its decades of support.
Outreach and Diversity Initiatives
Regional Outreach Coordinators
During CSSSA application season (November to March), the Foundation deploys Regional Outreach Coordinators to underrepresented sectors of California to raise awareness about the CSSSA opportunity. These Coordinators spend months working with schools and students to guide them and encourage them through the application process.
Press & Media
Raising awareness about the value of CSSSA is an integral part of ensuring that every teen artist has a chance to attend. By reaching out to press and media and increasing our social media footprint, the CSSSA Foundation is working to strengthen CSSSA and support its students before, during, and after their session.
The CSSSA Foundation works to maximize its effectiveness by developing partnerships with community organizations with overlapping goals and interests.
Advance CSSSA Graduates
Herb Alpert Emerging Young Artists Scholarships
Every summer, 21 CSSSA students are selected to receive prestigious Emerging Young Artists college scholarships from the Herb Alpert Foundation. In each of the seven disciplines, three outstanding students are selected by the faculty—two students receive a $2,500 scholarships, and one student receives a $40,000 scholarship.
CSSSA Alumni Network
CSSSA alumni hold a unique bond with each other and with their shared experience. They consistently report that a CSSSA summer changed their lives! The CSSSA Foundation manages the Alumni Network to help foster these connections, strengthen professional networks, and engage the community. Through events and outreach for college-age and professional alumni, the Foundation is forming a lifelong hub to encourage and support alumni. Find us on social media via LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and sign up for our alumni emails to get event invitations, updates, and more.
CSSSA College Scholarships
In honor of two extraordinary CSSSA supporters—founder Mel Swope and teacher Calvin Pritner—two scholarships are awarded in their names. The Mel Swope Performing Arts Scholarship and the Cal Pritner Theater Scholarship are fitting tributes to two men who have placed such strong value on encouraging young artists to succeed.
The CSSSA Foundation maintains strong relationships with arts colleges and arts departments across the country. Twelve institutions provide exclusive tuition discounts for CSSSA students. Each school has its own process for determining how discounts are offered and applied. More information can be found on our College Partnerships page.
The General Fund
A gift to The General Fund provides flexible funding for all areas of need, from general operating expenses to scholarships and bridge to college to alumni success programs. It enables the Foundation to most effectively direct funds toward programs and provide adequate resources to administer them.
Our Endowment ensures the security of the Low Income Scholarships in the years to come. Currently, the Foundation has an endowment of over $3 million.
You Make CSSSA Possible
Support CSSSA as it trains and empowers the next generation of artists. Your gift, no matter the amount, helps CSSSA Foundation achieve its mission and extend its impact far into the future.
Or by Mail / Phone
California State Summer School Arts Foundation
12575 Beatrice Street
Los Angeles, CA 90066
To donate by phone, please call (626) 584-4055