Nurture the Future of the Arts
With your support, talented and motivated students can experience the arts education they deserve, regardless of their family’s income level.
“Being at Interlochen has been the greatest experience of my life. Not only am I growing as an artist, but I would not have become the person I am today if I had not come to school here.” —Mark, Academy, Dance, Age 17, Milford, Conn.
At Interlochen, artistic talent and potential is the common denominator among students—not their financial means. Often, our students have surpassed the pre-professional training available in their hometowns. At Interlochen, they can hone their skill at a higher level, while also discovering a community of like-minded individuals who can help nurture their talent and drive.
Interlochen students have always come from diverse socio-economic circumstances, but historically the majority do not come from affluent families. More than 70% of Academy students receive some kind of financial support; only one-third of Academy families pay full tuition. In comparison, according to the National Association of Independent Schools, the median percent of boarding school students on financial aid is 34%. Additionally, around 25% of Camp students receive financial aid.
In fiscal year 2015, Interlochen awarded over $12 million in scholarship support to more than 1,000 students. They arrived from every corner of the globe to pursue their artistic passions. Their Interlochen experiences will pay great dividends throughout their entire lives—for them, to Interlochen, and to the arts and culture in our world.
To support annual student scholarships, please give to the Annual Fund.
Please contact advancement at 231-276-7623 or email@example.com for more information about creating endowed scholarships or supporting existing endowments.
Robert B. Annis’ fascination with radio began during his high school years. Born in 1907 in Connorsville, Ind., Annis excelled in both academic and artistic subjects from his childhood onward. More
For Becky Ruthven, her connection to Interlochen began through her family. More
Julie Reisz’s search for Interlochen began when her son Eli’s first marimba lesson ended. More
Rocio Anica first found Interlochen not through writing, but through music when she saw a poster for Interlochen Arts Academy in her high school’s choir room. More
The sound of bulldozers signaled the start of a new recreation center on the Interlochen campus. The structure soon to stand in a wooded spot near Pinecrest Dining Hall will be a welcome addition. It also serves as a tribute to Lee Dennison, who believed a healthy combination of mind and body was the foundation for a better life. More
Michael and Joan Jackson are tireless Interlochen cheerleaders. They have a deep appreciation for its educational standards, its family-like atmosphere, and the global impact of Interlochen’s mission. And both have deep ties to the institution. More
Through a new scholarship, alumni hope to create a legacy that fulfills the desire to help kids and is worthy of the man who inspired it. More than 50 years ago, when being away from home meant a real separation from families and friends, Interlochen Arts Academy students built their own surrogate family. For many of those students, longtime biology teacher Jack Hood was the man at the heart of that family. More
Caption: Dan Trahey (All-State 1992, 1995, tuba) with first-time Camp students from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program. For Dan Trahey (All-State 1992, 1995, tuba), “Interlochen is more than a summer memory. It’s a benchmark.” More