Since launching in 2015, we’ve recognized the desire among our community members to explore further art education opportunities beyond our direct program offerings. However, we also understand that not everyone has the financial capacity to cover the costs associated with art classes and workshops. In recognition of this need, we are piloting a $10,000 scholarship fund in 2018 exclusively for veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers interested in art education opportunities. The primary purpose of this fund is to increase long-term artistic access among alumni of ASAP programs by providing need-based financial support for art education activities. We hope to continually broaden this fund to serve all veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers in need of financial support to engage in the arts -- regardless of whether they have graduated from our programs. Should you be interested in applying for a scholarship, we ask you to thoroughly review the sections below to learn about our eligibility criteria, evaluation process, and application instructions.
Am I eligible to receive funding? All veterans, service members (active, reserve, National Guard), immediate family members of service members or veterans, and caregivers are eligible to apply for scholarship support. However, preference will be given to individuals who have participated in ASAP’s classes, workshops, and/or performances. For this calendar year, the scholarship will only be open to individual applicants, not groups.
What types of arts opportunities will the scholarship fund cover? Scholarship funds will only be provided in support of art education opportunities. This includes classes, workshops, seminars, intensives, retreats, and individual lessons. For the purposes of the scholarship fund, we broadly define the arts as the performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, musical arts, and comedic arts.
What types of costs will the scholarship fund cover? Scholarship funding can only be used for the direct costs associated with an art education opportunity. We will consider tuition assistance, travel costs, and art supply expenses, though preference will be given to individuals in need of tuition assistance.
How often can I receive scholarship funding? Individuals are only able to receive scholarship funding once per year. Once a recipient receives funding, they are not eligible to apply again until the next calendar year.
How much financial support can I receive per year? We will consider requests for partial and full funding support. However, the maximum amount of scholarship funds for which an individual can apply and receive is $500 per year.
Will I have to report back on my use of scholarship funds? Yes. If you receive scholarship funding, you will be required to submit a scholarship report detailing your experience, and receipts for all scholarship-related expenses within four weeks of completing your desired program.
Applications must be submitted online via our application form at least six weeks in advance of the start date for your desired art education opportunity. All scholarship applications will be evaluated by our staff on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. The primary criteria that our staff will use to evaluate applications is detailed below:
Criteria 1 - Interest & Impact: Effective applicants will clearly articulate their interest in the desired art education opportunity, as well as the impact that participation will have on their personal, artistic, or leadership development.
Criteria 2 - Financial Need: Successful applicants will be able to clearly explain their financial need. Applicants must be able to demonstrate how, without the scholarship, they would either (a) be unable to participate in the art education opportunity, or (b) face a significant financial burden by participating the art education opportunity.
Please click the "Apply Now" button below to access the scholarship application form. We will only consider fully-completed applications, so we ask that you respond to every question before submitting. Should you have any questions or concerns about the scholarship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to reviewing your application!
Receipt of scholarship funding may be considered taxable income. Please consult your tax advisor before applying.