The Dorothy B. Dressler Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established to provide opportunities to area residents with financial need to participate in the many art programs offered by Laurel Arts. It honors Dorothy B. Dressler, who supported Laurel Arts and the arts in Somerset County for over three decades. Dressler was a widow who had expressed interest in offering her home as a center for the arts as a memorial tribute to her husband, Philip d’huc Dressler.

Applications can be picked up at The Philip Dressler Center for the Arts and The Education & Dance Center.

The scholarship is funded by generous community support and by Laurel Arts’ Annual Golf Tournament. To make a contribution to the Dorothy B. Dressler Scholarship Fund or to find out more about the Annual Golf Tournament, call 814-443-2433.

The Locklin Award for Excellence in the Arts

This award was established in 2006 in memory of Robert B. Locklin, Jr., who was the Executive Director of Laurel Arts from 1988 – 1996. Locklin held a M.A. in Music Composition and dedicated his life to music and arts education.

The Competition is open to all Somerset County High School Seniors who are continuing on to further education and currently participate in the Arts (music, dance, drama, visual arts or creative writing). Any student meeting the criteria may apply for the scholarship by completing an application form, essay, and obtaining a letter of recommendation from the teacher in his or her art discipline. Numerous students from the same school can apply.

Finalists will be selected based on the completed application packet including the application, essay, and letter of recommendation. If selected as a finalist, the student will be contacted by Laurel Arts and given a time to compete for the Locklin Award of $500. Applications can be picked up at The Philip Dressler Center for the Arts, 214 South Harrison Avenue or your school guidance office.