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Clara Elwell of Naples receives Ontario County Arts Council Scholarship

Finger Lakes Community College student Clara Elwell received the $2,000 Ontario County Arts Council Mariner Family scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year.


Each year, the arts council funds a scholarship for a second-year student majoring in the visual and performing arts at Finger Lakes Community College. The recipient is selected by the FLCC Visual and Performing Arts Department faculty. The application for this and other FLCC scholarships opens in late January at

The Arts Council awarded $1,000 grants to 4 community organizations in 2022. Read about it here

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”Thank you to the Ontario County Arts Council for this wonderful scholarship,” Elwell said. “I attended Naples Central School and have enjoyed my first year at FLCC as a theatre arts major. I performed in every show that Naples had to offer since the seventh grade, as well as the fall and spring shows during my first year at FLCC.

I also attended the Geva Theatre Summer Academy in 2019.”


Elwell volunteers at Bristol Valley Theater in Naples as an usher for its summer season. 


“Following college, I hope to continue my theater education and become an actress. FLCC is important to me because it provides me with the opportunity to study theater in an area that is close to home,” she added.

From left, Kay Howard, secretary of OCAC; Finger Lakes Community College student Clara Elwell; and Judi Cermak, past president of OCAC, at the Constellation Brands Scholarship Celebration in September 2022 at the FLCC main campus.

About the Mariner Family
Arts Scholarship

Each year OCAC and it's members fund a scholarship grant in the amount of $2,000 to a deserving second year student attending Finger Lakes Community College in memory of former OCAC President, Dottie Mariner and her family. Funding for the scholarship comes from those who support the arts council by becoming members or participating in fundraisers.

The award is given annually to a second-year FLCC student studying the visual or performing arts who is selected by the FLCC Arts Department faculty from students who apply through the FLCC Scholarship Foundation.

Help us promote and strengthen the creative
capacity of our community!

The Ontario County Arts Council
is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.

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