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Pre-College awards a limited number of $100 merit scholarships each semester. These awards are first come, first served and awarded to students demonstrating significant creative potential. 

Merit Scholarship Deadlines

Fall 2020: Friday, Oct. 9,  2020
Spring 2021: Friday, Jan. 29, 2021

Please review the application requirements listed below. Some items will need to be collected prior to starting the application. 

We recognize many families will not have access to scanners. Requested materials can be shared as photos taken with a mobile device or screen shots from a computer screen.

The following materials are required for your merit scholarship application.

  • A student essay or portfolio (Choose one)
    • Student Essay: Answer the following question in one page or less. 
      • How would a scholarship to a Saturday School class benefit your art practice? 
    • Portfolio:
      • Art, Media, or Design Students:  3–4 images of artwork made in the last year. This can include finished pieces, sketches or thumbnails in any medium you have worked in. Please note students with Animation or Film based work can submit one media project in lieu of 3–4 images of artwork. 
      • Performing Arts Students: A recorded performance or monologue not to exceed three minutes.

To apply, complete the application below. 

Merit Scholarship Application 

Students must apply for scholarships prior to registration. Students who are already registered for a Pre-College Saturday School course will be ineligible for a scholarship for that term and retroactive refunds will not be processed. Contact precollege@uarts.edu for more information.

Students must live in the Philadelphia area to be eligible for this scholarship.

Pre-College awards a limited number of $300 full-tuition scholarships each semester. These awards are first come, first served and awarded to students demonstrating significant creative potential and financial need. 

Full Tuition Scholarship Deadlines

Fall 2020: Friday, Oct. 2, 2020
Spring 2021: Friday, Jan. 22, 2021

Please review the application requirements listed below. Some items will need to be collected prior to starting the application. 

We recognize many families will not have access to scanners. Requested materials can be shared as photos taken with a mobile device or screen shots from a computer. 
 
The following materials are required for your full-tuition scholarship application.

  • A student essay or portfolio (Choose one). 
    • Student essay: Answer the following question in one page or less.
      • How would a scholarship to a Saturday School class benefit your art practice? 
    • Portfolio:
      • Art, Media, or Design Students: 3–4 images of artwork made in the last year. This can include finished pieces, sketches or thumbnails in any medium you have worked in. Please note students with Animation or Film based work can submit one media project in lieu of 3–4 images of artwork. 
      • Performing Arts Students: A recorded performance or monologue not to exceed three minutes.
  • High school transcripts or a Letter of recommendation. 
    • Transcripts should show grades for a minimum of two marking periods. If transcripts are not available, students can share copies or photos of report cards. Transcripts can be unofficial. 
    • The letter of recommendation can be from a teacher, counselor, employer or person who knows the student in a setting outside of the home. Recommendations should include information about how the recommender knows the student and why they think the student would benefit from a scholarship to the Pre-College Saturday School program. 
  • A copy of your Parent/Guardian’s most recent federal income tax return. 
    • The committee will only need IRS Form 1040, these are typically the first two pages of a tax return. 
  • An optional statement of special circumstances. 
    • Please share any information you would like the scholarship committee to take into consideration when making a scholarship decision. 

To apply, complete the application below. 

Full Tuition Scholarship Application

Full Tuition Scholarships are generously funded by the Louis N. Cassett Foundation, the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, and the University of the Arts.

Students must apply for scholarships at the time of registration. Students who are already registered for a Pre-College Saturday School course will be ineligible for a scholarship for that term and retroactive refunds will not be processed. Contact precollege@uarts.edu for more information.
 

Additional Opportunities
The Ellis Trust for Girls
The Ellis Trust for Girls helps young women of limited financial means, living in single-parent homes, enhance their high school experience and prepare for post-secondary success. They foster academic and personal growth by offering meaningful, high-impact opportunities for young women. Each year they award grants to eligible young women residing in Philadelphia to support their education and life goals by providing funds for education-related expenses and academic and personal development programs for students attending public & charter high schools. For more information, please call 215.790.1666, ext. 442 or go to ellistrust.org.

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precollege@uarts.edu
Pre-College Programs
211 S. Broad St, Terra Hall 910
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 717 - 6430