Our support for The NOCCA Institute began in 2007 and this, in part, helped them to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. We now help them to fund talented students who want to pursue a career in arts.
(Programme concluded and no longer supported by the Trafigura Foundation)
The lively NOCCA professional arts training facility is truly one of a kind. It’s dedicated to helping young artists of limited means attend the Centre, where they’re immersed in classical music, culinary arts, dance, drama, theatre design, visual arts, creative writing and more. Admission is by audition and there is no tuition fee. Trafigura Foundation is a leading supporter of its Financial Aid Programme, led by The NOCCA Institute.
Our funding has been put towards exposing pupils to dynamic opportunities, like training with masters on industry-standard equipment and summer study sessions at pre-college programmes. Over the 2016-2017 school year, the NOCCA Institute made 204 Term-Time Financial Aid awards to students, totalling USD 121,250. The Institute funded an additional 31 awards totalling just under USD 50,000 for Summer Study Financial Aid. Approximately half of recipients came from below poverty-level homes. The 2017 graduates who received Financial Aid from the Institute while at NOCCA were granted USD 11 million in college scholarship offers.