(FEBRUARY 16, 2017 – RED BANK)  The Count Basie Theatre has announced the availability of five Arts Impact scholarships available to Monmouth County high school seniors graduating in 2017.

This year, the Basie will proudly offer five scholarships: the Moser-Taboada Arts Impact Scholarship, the Monmouth Medical Center – RWJBarnabas Health Arts Impact  Scholarship, the Monmouth County Freeholders’ Basie Scholarship for Continuing Education, the Siciliano Landscape Company Arts Impact Scholarship and the new Steven and Jaime Schultz Arts Impact Scholarship. The Monmouth County Freeholders’ scholarship will be awarded to a student attending a New Jersey-based college in the fall. Each will award a recipient $2500 towards their freshman year of higher education.

Students may apply for all four scholarships by visiting, downloading and populating the application form and creating an official entry packet, consisting of an essay, resume and three personal recommendations. The thesis of the essay and spirit of the Basie’s Arts Impact Scholarship program is “The Impact of The Arts in My Life.” Deadline for this year’s applications is 4pm on Friday, March 17.

“We’re proud that Basie supporters like the Moser-Taboada law firm, Barnabas Health – Monmouth Medical Center, the Monmouth County Freeholders, Siciliano Landscape Company and Steven and Jaime Schultz share our belief that the arts have an indelible impact on all aspects of life, especially higher learning,” said Adam Philipson, Count Basie Theatre President & CEO.

“Jaime and I have long appreciated the importance of the arts,” said Steven M. Schultz. “As longtime supporters of the Basie, we’re honored and proud to make this scholarship available to an area student who shares our belief that an arts-rich life is crucial to a new generation of thinkers and creators.”