Rising Star Awards - Presented by the Investors Foundation is also supported by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. Major support for Education Outreach is provided by MetLife Foundation. Rising Star scholarships are made possible by John Burgio & Ruth Bedford in Memory of Jane Burgio, Douglas Michael Krueger Scholarship Fund Trust, VSA New Jersey, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. Rising Star Awards is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a not-for-profit arts organization.