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Saturday School Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities for High School Students

A limited number of need- and merit-based scholarships are awarded to students each semester.

Merit Scholarships


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 Deadline

Spring 2023: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023

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

      • Visual art students: Submit 3–4 images of artwork made in the last year, which can include finished pieces, sketches or thumbnails in any medium you have worked in. Note: Students with animation- or film-based work can submit one media project in lieu of 3–4 images of artwork. 

      • Performing arts students: Submit a recorded performance or monologue not to exceed three minutes.

      • Writing students: Submit a piece of written work (fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction) completed within the last year. The piece should not exceed three pages in length and can be an excerpt from a longer work.

Apply for a merit-based scholarship.

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.

Need-Based Scholarships

Pre-College awards a limited number of need-based scholarships each semester. These awards are first-come, first-served, and awarded to students demonstrating significant creative potential and financial need. Scholarship awards will vary in amount, from partial- to full-tuition. 

High-Need Scholarship Deadline
Spring 2023: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023

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 high need 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

      • Visual art students: Submit 3–4 images of artwork made in the past year, which can include finished pieces, sketches or thumbnails in any medium you have worked in. Note: Students with animation- or film-based work can submit one media project in lieu of 3–4 images of artwork. 

      • Performing arts students: Submit a recorded performance or monologue, not to exceed three minutes.

      • Writing students: Submit a piece of written work (fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction) completed within the last year. The piece should not exceed three pages in length and can be an excerpt from a longer work.

  • 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, a counselor, an employer or a person who knows the student in a setting outside 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 they make a scholarship decision. 

Apply for a need-based scholarship.

Need-based scholarships are generously funded by the Louis N. Cassett Foundation, the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation and University of the Arts.

Students must apply for scholarships before 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.

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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.

Questions?

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

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