How to apply for scholarships

Paramount School of the Arts is proud to offer scholarship assistance to families and students.

Please note if you are submitting a scholarship application- do NOT pay for your class/camp. Our staff will assist in getting your student registered while scholarship applications are being processed.


How to apply for a scholarship:

  1. Download the application

    English Form     Forma en Español

  2. Complete the forms thoroughly
  3. Return application as soon as possible using one of the following methods:
  • Drop off at 8 E Galena Blvd, Suite 230, Aurora, IL 60506. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Mail to Paramount School of the Arts, 8 E Galena Blvd, Suite 230, Aurora, IL 60506
  • Email
Please call 630-896-6810 with any questions.

Submission of this application does not promise a scholarship award. The amount and term of all awards are made at the sole discretion of Paramount School of the Arts. Any falsifications of information included in this application will result in the immediate termination of any scholarship award. All scholarship awards are made based on availability of funds in the Paramount School of the Arts budget and may be modified or terminated at any time at Paramount School of the Arts’ discretion.



This scholarship is in honor of the members of the Cates-Foster family and their contributions to technical excellence at Paramount Theatre since 1931.


George Foster began his career as Projectionist and Stage Hand in 1931. His brother, Wayne Foster, also worked as a Projectionist at Paramount Theatre. In the 1960s, George’s son, Mickey Foster, worked as a Projectionist and Sound Technician until he was named Technical Director in 1979. Continuing the family tradition, Mickey’s daughter, Lou Ann Cates, began her employment at Paramount in 1979 and worked in Wardrobe, Lighting, Sound and Stage Management until she was named Technical Director in 2009. Along the way, Lou Ann’s mother Elsie, as well as the following family members, worked at Paramount in some capacity: Daniel Foster, Anita Foster, Susan Foster, Lloyd Cates, Megan Foster, Brandon Roberts, Courtney Cates-Roberts and Kimberly Cates. Lou Ann Cates retired as Technical Director and Union Steward in 2019.

This scholarship will be used to cover class supplies, project expenses, field trip costs and tuition for a student in need of financial assistance in classes and/or camps specific to the area of technical theatre.

Technical theatre encompasses all that goes into making a staged production. The areas of technical theatre are scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, media, wigs, hair and makeup and properties. All of these areas work together in a production to establish the place, time period and mood of the production.



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