Friday, February 20, 2015

"Scholarship Dough" Fundraiser Kicks Off Tuesday, February 24

FOFA's annual cookie dough and popcorn sale begins this Tuesday, February 24, continuing through Wednesday, March 18, 2014. Take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy fresh-baked cookies (the easy way!) AND provide much-appreciated scholarship money that supports eligible Downers Grove South fine arts students seeking help to continue their music or visual art studies. (Read "Student Voices" from past scholarship recipients.)

How? Simply place your order for cookie dough or gourmet popcorn through any participating band, orchestra, choir, or visual arts student. View the complete collection of cookie and popcorn choices or download an order form.

NOTE: Students selling at least 15 items win a custom or already-designed skin for their phone or other device!

Each item is $13. Please make checks payable to Downers Grove South Fine Arts. Orders can also be turned in to the DGS Fine Arts Office, the band or choir mailbox, or one of the Fine Arts teachers.

Then, on Monday, April 20, plan to pick up your order between 2:00 and 6:00 pm in the Orchestra Room.

Support DGS Fine Arts!
Remember, this is FOFA's largest fundraising event, designed to support students' visual and musical arts endeavors. We appreciate your help! If you have any questions, please contact Walter or Karolle Krajewski at 630-951-0347.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Apply Now for FOFA's Summer Study Grants

Student Artists and Musicians:

If you are interested in continuing your fine arts studies this summer at a music or art camp, but need financial assistance to attend, please consider applying for a scholarship from Friends of Fine Arts, which annually supports over $3,000 in summer study grants to student musicians and artists.

To be considered, your application must be submitted by Friday, April 10, 2015. The Summer Study grant application is on a Google form, completely paperless.

You can complete the form here: FOFA Summer Study Grants. (You must be logged in with your District 99 e-mail to access and utilize the form.)

Questions about the application process? Please ask Mr. Williams, Downers Grove South Fine Arts Department Chairman at

Monday, February 9, 2015

Scholarship Opportunities for DG Student Musicians (Juniors Only)

Once again, applications are being accepted for the Downers Grove Music Club's Rising Stars Music Awards.

The Music Award information and application is available in the Educational Opportunities section of the DG Music Club's website or it can be accessed directly at this link: Email inquiries may be made to the following address:

This monetary award opportunity is available to all Juniors enrolled in music at both South and North High Schools. Up to Six awards will be given and each recipient will receive $400 toward furthering their musical education through continued study during the summer. As outlined in the actual application, the requirements of the application are as follows:
  • Purpose: to recognize up to SIX District 99 High School Music students for excelling at a high level of achievement;
  • Eligibility: current high school Juniors who are actively pursuing music are eligible to apply;
  • Requirement: the award recipients are required to perform the following year at the Downers Grove Music Club’s Rising Stars program scheduled annually in April;
  • How to Apply: complete the written application, along with a required recording;
  • Selection Criteria: the merit of the applicant’s musical accomplishments and the quality of the applicant’s musical performance.
  • Award Notification: the announcement of the Rising Stars Music Award recipients will be made at the spring awards ceremonies at both Downers Grove North and South.
The application must be submitted either via hardcopy, postmarked no later than April 1, 2015. Or it must be submitted electronically with a date and time stamp of no later than 11:59 pm April 1, 2015.  

Mailing address: Downers Grove Music Club, Attn: Rising Stars Music Awards, P.O. Box 551, Downers Grove, IL  60515

Last year's winners are performing on Tuesday, April 21st at 7:30 pm. The location is Four Corners Community Church, 8251 Lemont Road in Darien. Faculty, friends and family are welcome to attend this exciting event.