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Balus Scholarship for Music & Performing Arts

Since 2004, the Balus Scholarship has funded young musicians early in their career to learn more about instruments and music with professional musicians. The scholarship was made possible by the Mark and Cathy Balus Foundation Psalm 116:12.
Allison Karasiewicz (left) was the 2018 Balus Scholar and student at Letchworth School District living in Pike, New York. She studied with Prof. Armenio Suzano, Dean of the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College

The scholarship is $500.00 and is awarded each year to one high school student living in Wyoming County who wishes to further their studies in music and/or performance arts. 

Criteria and requirements, student must:

  • Live in Wyoming County
  • Be enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior at a public, private or home school 
  • Have a strong interest in music and or performance arts

Student must submit:

  • A Completed application form (provided below)
  • A short biography and or resume’ of his or her music /performance career and involvement in and outside of school (1 page maximum )
  • A formal letter requesting the scholarship.
  • A letter of support from a current or future music /performance instructor or mentor

If a student advances to the finals, then they will be invited to audition for the scholarship. 

Winner of the Balus Scholarship will be required to perform at the following events:

  • ACWC Annual Community Arts Grants Awards – usually held in March.
  • ACWC Annual Meeting – usually held in May. 
  • ACWC Balus Scholar recital – usually held in the Fall.

If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact the Arts Council for Wyoming County at (585) 237-3517




Applications must be received by December 31.  Final report due by October of the following year.

Our Mission

To bring art to the people and people to the arts by:
• Providing services to artists
• Fostering connections between artists and community
• Offering a safe space for all people to express self and art

Main Building

31 S. Main Street
Perry, NY 14530
(585) 237-3517

Satellite Office

(please contact the Main Building for availability at this office)
36 Center Street
Warsaw, NY 14569

To receive regular email updates about ACWC events and opportunities, send your request to: info@artswyco.org

For general information or matters regarding the Letchworth Arts and Crafts Show, contact: LACScord@artswyco.org

Direct inquiries about Community Arts Grants to Linda Franke at franke@artswyco.org

Folk/Traditional Arts information can be obtained from Karen Canning at glowtraditions@goart.org

To contact the Executive Director, Jacqueline Swaby, call 585-237-3517 EXT 100