The Professional Arts Education Center is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1996 to assist talented students who have a desire to become professional performers. Without this financial assistance, many of these young people would not be able to get the private, one-on-one attention that performing arts classes offer. A majority of the funds collected throughout the year go to scholarships for students studying the performing arts in Southern California. Scholarships are awarded through competitive auditions and are distributed based on talent, desire, and need.

     Scholarships are made possible by the Diane Dooley Performing Arts Scholarship, the Patty Murphy Music Theatre Scholarship, the Lynn & Ginger Engstrom Scholarship, the Karen Morrow Stars of To-Morrow Scholarship, and the Professional Arts Education Center, a nonprofit corporation.