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Scholarships for the Summer Institute are awarded to students in high academic standing with significant creative potential and financial need.

Scholarship awards are competitive.  Scholarship applicants must submit additional application materials, which are outlined below by program. 

You must submit a Summer Institute program application (or Studio Workshop registration) prior to applying for a scholarship.  Please review the information on this page before beginning your scholarship application.

View scholarship application requirements by program.

All Art, Media & Design scholarship applicants must submit the following:

Portfolio  Upload a PDF that includes 5 - 10 pieces of artwork and a numbered image list with title and media used for each work. Your portfolio can include 2-D, 3-D or time-based media. For time-based media, include a YouTube or Vimeo link in your PDF.

Personal statement: To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Describe yourself as completely as you can in 140 characters or less.

-  Letter of recommendation

-  High school transcripts

-  Letter of hardship (optional) 

-  Additional financial information (including most recent Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040 uploaded as a PDF - full scholarship applicants only)

All Creative Writing scholarship applicants must submit the following:

-   Writing sample  Upload a PDF containing a written work (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction or scriptwriting) completed within the last year.  This piece should not exceed three pages in length and can be an excerpt from a longer work. 

-  Personal statement: To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Describe yourself as completely as you can in 140 characters or less.

-  Letter of recommendation

-  High school transcripts

-  Letter of hardship (optional) 

-  Additional financial information (including most recent Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040 uploaded as a PDF - full scholarship applicants only)

All Dance scholarship applicants must submit the following:

-   Audition  Submit a YouTube or Vimeo link to your audition.  Your audition should include up to five minutes of a technical demonstration at the barre or center, and a two-minute solo piece.  *You may submit the same audition as you submitted in the general program application.  If you auditioned in-person, please include a link to a digital audition. 

-  Personal statement: To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Describe yourself as completely as you can in 140 characters or less.

-  Letter of recommendation

-  High school transcripts

-  Letter of hardship (optional) 

-  Additional financial information (including most recent Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040 uploaded as a PDF - full scholarship applicants only)

An additional round of Scholarship Application Reviews will take place for the Creative Jazz Institute in early May.  Scholarship Applications for this review are due no later than Saturday, May 4th.  Scholarship Award Notifications will be made by mid-May. 

All Creative Jazz Institute scholarship applicants must submit the following:

-   Audition  Submit a YouTube or Vimeo link to your audition.  Your audition should include a prepared 1-2 minute piece that demonstrates a range of technical and improvisational abilities + a sight reading exercise View instructions*

*You may submit the same audition as you submitted in the general program application.  If you auditioned in-person, please note this in the audition box.   

-  Personal statement: To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Describe yourself as completely as you can in 140 characters or less.

-  Letter of recommendation

-  High school transcripts

-  Letter of hardship (optional) 

-  Additional financial information (including most recent Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040 uploaded as a PDF - full scholarship applicants only)

All Music Industry & Technology scholarship applicants must submit the following:

-   Essay  Upload a PDF containing an essay in which you respond to the following: How do you imagine this program will benefit your current interests and future endeavors?

-  Personal statement: To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Describe yourself as completely as you can in 140 characters or less.

-  Letter of recommendation

-  High school transcripts

-  Letter of hardship (optional) 

-  Additional financial information (including most recent Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040 uploaded as a PDF - full scholarship applicants only)

All Theater scholarship applicants must submit the following:

-   Audition  Submit a YouTube or Vimeo link to your audition.  Your audition should include an introduction and two of the following: comedic piece, dramatic piece, 16 bars of music (4 min).  You must be recognizable (no mask, heavy makeup or costume).

-  Personal statement: To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Describe yourself as completely as you can in 140 characters or less.

-  Letter of recommendation

-  High school transcripts

-  Letter of hardship (optional) 

-  Additional financial information (including most recent Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040 uploaded as a PDF - full scholarship applicants only)

All Studio Workshop scholarship applicants must submit the following:

Portfolio  Upload a PDF that includes 5 - 10 pieces of artwork and a numbered image list with title and media used for each work. Your portfolio can include 2-D, 3-D or time-based media. For time-based media, include a YouTube or Vimeo link in your PDF.

Personal statement: To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Describe yourself as completely as you can in 140 characters or less.

-  Letter of recommendation

-  High school transcripts

-  Letter of hardship (optional) 

-  Additional financial information (including most recent Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040 uploaded as a PDF - full scholarship applicants only)

Dates & Deadlines

Incomplete and/or late applications will not be reviewed. 

  • Open house: Sat, Mar 7
  • Priority registration deadline: Sat, Mar 7
  • Scholarship application deadline: Fri, Mar 20
  • Scholarship notification: Fri, Apr 10


Additional Information for Scholarship Applicants

Scholarship applicants must apply using the online application forms.  Once you submit your program application (or Studio Workshop registration) online, you will have the option to continue to the online scholarship application.  Please do not email scholarship materials, as they will not be reviewed.   
Start your Summer Institute application     

Scholarship funding can be applied towards tuition only (scholarships do not cover fees, housing, meals, or supplies).
View Policies for details and expense breakdown 

Do I still need to pay the deposit?

  • If you are a Partial Tuition Scholarship applicant, you are required to submit the $200 non-refundable deposit with your program application online. 
  • If you are a Full Tuition Scholarship applicant, the deposit requirement is waived (you will have the option to make this selection after you submit your program application online).  

 Additional Opportunities 

Call for Submissions - Young Writers Contest - Info coming in 2020

The Young Writers Contest is a scholarship opportunity and writing competition for applicants to the Pre-College Summer Institute in Creative Writing.  Submissions are accepted in the categories of Poetry and Fiction. 

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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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