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Applications Are Closed For The Scholar-Artist Class of 2024

Application Deadline:

Applications are closed for the 2024 graduating class 2024 of Scholar-Artists

Mail Your Applications To:

Dr. John J. Gallagher
Director of Music & Fine Arts
Longwood School District
21 Everett Drive
Yaphank, NY 11980


If you have any questions about the application process please contact us via email: [email protected]

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Scholar-Artist Arts Educator Committee:

Dr. John Gallagher | Chairman, Longwood Schools

Anissa Arnold, Herricks Schools

Shirlene Blake, Board Member, New York State Dance Education Association

Carol Brown, Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Ret.

Dr. Judith Chen, Scholar-Artist Liason

Loretta Corbisiero-Drakos, Eastern Suffolk BOCES

Dr. Diana Cook, Middle Country Schools

Lisa Drance, North Babylon Schools

Louisa Eiermann, Bayport-Blue Point Schools, Ret.

Ava Favara, Long Island High School for the Arts, Ret.

Marc Greene, Ithaca College

James Incorvaia, Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts

Susan Radin, South Huntington Schools

Joanne Spencer, Nassau BOCES

Susan Weber, Uniondale Schools, Ret.

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2021 Scholar-Artist Shaakirah Nazim-Harris poses with her award for her excellence in theatre and academics


Scholar-Artist Award Applicants must:

    1. Be nominated by their high school; with applications submitted by a district administrator.
    2. Be graduating seniors from the Class of 2024.
    3. Represent the highest level of artistic excellence.
    4. Demonstrate superior academic achievement with an un-weighted grade point average of 90 or above.
    5. Submit an essay and a portfolio of their work/performance.

Please note that an Official School Transcript with unweighted average is required for the application. The transcript must include information from:

    • All four quarters from Ninth Grade
    • All four quarters from Tenth Grade
    • First half of Eleventh Grade

A USB with the completed application materials as well as either a video of performance or a portfolio of work is to be mailed by the Arts Educator.

The envelope must clearly state which of the five arts disciplines the student is applying:


Application Materials:

Please download and fill out all of the forms listed below.

Once completed, these documents will be added to your USB and submitted with your application along with your Official Transcript, Essay, and Portfolio of your work/Recording of your performance.

Nomination Letters:

For your convenience, we have included letters below to be passed onto your District Educators and your prospective nominees.

Recording Requirements:

Applications for Dance, Music and Theater must be submitted with a video of a performance. Please review the recording requirements below prior to submitting your application. 

Rubrics & Requirements:

The following rubrics and applicant requirements provide detailed outlines for how each application will be assessed and scored within each discipline. These metrics help reviewers stay consistent and provide a useful reference for everyone involved in the process.

Personal Essay:

Each Applicant is asked to elaborate on the following two prompts:

Describe the way(s) the arts have enriched your life.

Explain how you are involved in the arts.

The following rubric outlines how the Essay portion of the application will be scored:

Program Sponsors and Supporters:

Regent Roger Tilles

Dr. Joel E. Hershey

Rev. Edward F. Conway