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About the CSSSA Foundation

The California State Summer School Arts Foundation provides critical funding support to the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) through a model public-private partnership ensuring that no qualified student is turned away from CSSSA, due to financial circumstances.

In collaboration with funding partners from business, family foundations, the entertainment industry and individual donors, the CSSSA Foundation is proud to provide full and partial financial aid scholarships to all incoming California students who qualify.

The CSSSA Foundation also raises funds to support all of the cutting-edge guest artists who perform during the school session.

The CSSSA Foundation supports alumni as they move on to college and career opportunities through the Bridge to College program, with lead funding provided by the Herb Alpert Foundation. Bridge to College is a rich resource designed to prepare students for a creative life by furnishing college scholarship opportunities and advancement information by discipline.

The Foundation was created to support CSSSA and CSSSA students long-term, rewarding excellence with opportunity.

CSSSA Foundation Staff

Heidi Kershaw, Executive Director
Emily Nye, Development and Communications Manager
Julie Zovak, Development Associate