The Jerry Menz Arts Scholarship provides opportunities for talented youth to succeed at the highest possible levels in the arts by offering scholarships for the Park District’s programs in voice, music, theatre and dance. The Arts Scholarship is presented in honor of Mr. Jerry Menz, who served as Decatur Park District Director of Recreation from 1961 – 1993 and was a driving force in the creation of many of the District’s cultural arts programs, including the Decatur Park Singers, Young Park Singers, Greater Decatur Chorale, Best of Summer Stock, Storyteller Theatre, and the Park District’s dance programs.

During his tenure, Menz also served as a mentor to youth in the arts, including Park Board Commissioner Chris Riley and his wife Karen. A Decatur native, Riley participated in B.O.S.S., the Young Park Singers, and the award-winning Decatur Park Singers. Riley continues his involvement as a singer/soloist in the Greater Decatur Chorale and in the promotion of the District’s cultural arts programs for youth.

To be considered for the Jerry Menz Arts Scholarship, artists are asked to complete an application, available below or at the Poage Arts & Recreation Center. Applications are taken for the fall/winter term and the summer term. Call 421-6648 for information on application deadlines.

Download the Jerry Menz Arts Scholarship application.