Many organizations offer competitive, merit- and need-based scholarships for high school students seeking to enrich their lives through summer arts programs. Here are a few that we recommend checking out if you’re thinking about applying for Financial Aid.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

We have started a list of possible national and state scholarship opportunities below. If you discover a local or state scholarship opportunity that you would like to share with fellow campers, please send us the scholarship details and we will add it to the list. This list is for your reference only. We cannot guarantee the availability of any of these opportunities or that the ASC Theatre Camp qualifies for any funding prerequisite.

  • Educational Theatre Association Scholarships students must be inducted Thespians, and/or compete in the Thespian Scholarship Auditions at the International Thespian Festival.
  • The Anthony Quinn Foundation supports high school students’ extracurricular study of the visual arts and design, performing arts, media arts, and/or literary arts. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $2,500.
    • Scholarships may be used for a recognized pre-college, summer, or afterschool arts education program but may not be used for either secondary school or college tuition.
    • To be eligible, applicants must be a young adult in high school who demonstrates exceptional talent, dedication, and a strong commitment to personal artistic growth who will benefit from financial support.

ASCTC Fundraising Fun: Creative Ways to Meet Your Goals

Scholarships are well and good, but you don’t need one to raise money for camp yourself. This list of fun and creative fundraising ideas can help you meet your tuition fundraising goals.  If you have other ideas to add to this list, please share them with us.  Other campers have seen great success by using some of the ideas below.

  • Host a spaghetti dinner or bake sale at your school or church
  • Host a sonnet reading event or talent show
  • Produce a one-act play
  • Sell raffle tickets for a prize donated by a local business or community group
  • Collect money for writing poems or creating greeting cards for family and friends
  • Offer to help your neighbors with lawn care, recycling, or pet-sitting
  • Partner with a local grocery store and offer to bag groceries in exchange for keeping tips
  • Use your creative skills to sell hand-made crafts and art
  • Host a yard or garage sale with your neighbors
  • Offer to do errands or odd-jobs for people in your community that need assistance
  • Write the numbers 1-83 on 83 envelopes. If every person that you give an envelope to donates the amount written on their envelope, you will collect enough funds to cover residential camp tuition. You need just 66 envelopes to cover day camper tuition.

We have also made it possible for your friends and family to contribute to your camp tuition through our online form, Give the Gift of Camp. You can share this link with your family and friends by email and other social media. The form does not require a set payment amount, so friends and family can contribute as much as they like.

Other resources that you may find in your community include grants and arts scholarships. We suggest contacting your local arts council, community foundation, city council, school system, and state commission for the arts to inquire about funding sources in your region.

We hope that these ideas jump-start many creative fundraising efforts!

The American Shakespeare Center is a non-profit organization. Financial assistance is available through the generous donations of ASC donors and supporters. If you are interested in making a donation to the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp Scholarship Fund, please contact Development Associate Amanda Williams at amandaw@americanshakespearecenter.com.

 

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