TJ Arts currently offers one cash award and four cash scholarships for TJ seniors who wish to study the arts in college:

  • The Founders’ Award commemorates the beginning of the theatre program at Thomas Jefferson High School and its three founders. This $500 cash award is presented to an outstanding senior who exemplifies the commitment of the original founders by demonstrating leadership, skills, dedication, responsibility, and loyalty to TJ theatre—the characteristics upon which the program was built.
  • The Kathy Cecotti Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of a beloved theatre teacher who taught at Thomas Jefferson High School for 15 years. Kathy Cecotti’s spirit of optimism even in the face of insurmountable health crises was a model for her students and all who knew her. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to the student who best exemplifies her spirit of cooperation, dedication, responsibility, love of the arts, and unwavering positive attitude.
  • The Matteo Music Scholarship was created by TJ music teacher Joseph P. Matteo in 2014 to honor members of the Matteo Family who were active musicians and music educators. This $1,000 scholarship is offered to the most promising senior majoring in vocal performance, instrumental music, musical theater, music production, music composition, music education, or another music-related major at the collegiate level. In 2021, the Matteo family is offering this as a two-year scholarship of $1,000 each year.
  • The Margie Liberati Memorial Music Scholarship was created in 2020 by her three daughters—all TJ graduates—in memory of their mother, a gifted singer and pioneer in the early days of Pittsburgh television, who passed away in December 2019. This scholarship is offered to a graduating senior from Thomas Jefferson High School who loves music and wants to study vocal performance, instrumental music, musical theater, music production, music composition, music education, or another music-related major at the collegiate level.
  • The TJ Arts Scholarship honors a graduating senior each year who plans to major in the creative or performing arts in college. This $1,000 scholarship is offered to the most promising senior majoring in theater, instrumental music, vocal music, dance, creative writing, or any visual art at the collegiate level.
Kathy Cecotti Scholarship winner, 2017