Support CSSSA Programs

Low-Income Scholarships

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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

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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


The CSSSA Foundation additionally supports CSSSA programs by facilitating the donation or use of high-tech equipment from generous sponsors. 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, 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 CSSSA session.


Community Partnerships

The CSSSA Foundation works to maximize its effectiveness by partnering with community organizations that already have relationships with students and their support systems. We are proud to partner with College Track and be part of their mission to support students from the ninth grade through graduation from a four-year college. Our combined resources will help these students reach their potential. 

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Advance CSSSA Graduates

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Alumni Network


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, 3 outstanding students are selected by the faculty—2 for the $2,500 scholarships, and 1 for the $40,000 scholarship.


CSSSA College Scholarships

In honor of two extraordinary CSSSA supporters—founder Mel Swope and teacher Calvin Pritner—two scholarships are awarded each year 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.


College Partnerships & College Access Tools

The CSSSA Foundation holds strong relationships with arts colleges and arts departments across the country. These 12 institutions provide exclusive tuition discounts for CSSSA students. Each school has its own process for determining how these discounts are offered and applied. More information can be found on our Bridge to College page along with detailed resources on how to apply for college, seek financial aid, and more.


CSSSA Alumni Network

CSSSA alumni hold a unique bond, with each other, and with their CSSSA experience. Alumni consistently report that CSSSA changed their lives. To help foster these connections and continue the sense of community students find at CSSSA, The CSSSA Foundation has created an alumni network to help keep CSSSA alive for alumni and for future CSSSA students. Find us on social media via LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter to get alumni stories, updates, and more.

CSSSA Sustainability


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.

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.

Donate Now

In supporting CSSSA, you are supporting the next generation of artists. Your gift, no matter the amount, helps CSSSA achieve its mission and extend its impact far into the future.

Mail + Phone

If you prefer to donate by mail, please make checks payable to:

California State Summer School Arts Foundation
12575 Beatrice Street
Los Angeles, CA 90066

To donate by phone, please call (626) 584-4055