Each Semester has strict scholarship deadlines, please check for applicable restrictions.
Applicants must also disclose if they are currently enrolled or plan to enroll in classes with another program (for example: Ah Haa, Telluride dance, Montrose Rec Center, ect.) during the same semester in which they plan to attend Weehawken classes on any sort of scholarship or financial assistance. Fail to disclose can and likely will impact scholarship awards in the future. Thank you.
Application for Scholarship-Simple or Needs Based
Application for Scholarship-Nominated
Weehawken Creative Arts is pleased to offer scholarships for classes and workshops to deserving people interested in taking advantage of the cultural and fine arts events offered. The scholarship fund is funded by a portion of Supporter, Patron, and Benefactor level Memberships as well as through individual designated contributions, designated grants and fundraising efforts that come out of each semester (for example, funds for the Winter/Spring semester are raised during the Fall semester and funds for the Summer semester are raised in the Spring, etc). For this reason, the fund fluctuates from semester to semester.
There are now three types of scholarships available:
1) Simple Scholarship Application:
Allows for up to two scholarships per semester in the dance program or one scholarship per semester in our other arts classes and programs. This scholarship is has a basic application form with a maximum request of 50% of the cost of the class or a maximum of $100 per class (ex: if a class is $200 or above, the maximum allocated would be $100). For each “Simple Scholarship” awarded, Weehawken expects the student/family to sign-on for at least 8 hours of volunteer labor in exchange. Failure to complete volunteer hours will result in expulsion from the scholarship program in the future.
2) Needs-Based Scholarship Application:
This scholarship allows for a request of up to 100% of the cost of the class, with a limit of one dance class per semester or 2 regular arts classes over the course of a year. This scholarship application requests the completion of 2 essay questions as well as a listing of two references that would/could verify your “need” with Weehawken. For each “Needs-Based Scholarship” awarded, Weehawken expects the student/family to sign-on for 8 or more hours of volunteer labor in exchange. Failure to complete volunteer hours will result in expulsion from the scholarship program in the future.
3) Nominated Needs-Based Scholarship:
In this instance, an authority figure or adult (such as a teacher, school nurse, employer, counselor, pastor, etc) can nominate a deserving and needy student for up to a 100% scholarship for a particular class each semester. For each student nominated, there is a limit of one dance class per semester and/or one arts class per semester. This application requires the completion of 2 essay questions and contact information for at least one other person that could/would confirm the student’s need. Volunteer hours with this scholarship are negotiable, depending on the nominated student’s particular situation.
We do expect the following of scholarship students:
80% attendance at the class. Meaning, if more than two classes are missed (without good excused cause) it will mean that the student becomes ineligible for a scholarship in the future.
8 hours of volunteer help contributed for each scholarship granted.
Model student behavior – students on scholarship should act as leaders in their class. It is an honor to have a scholarship.
Scholarship families are not eligible to purchase reserved (front row – more expensive) tickets to the show.
Students must also let us know of other extra-curricular activities they are currently involved in this semester at the time of application. (For example: participation in dance at another studio in the area, ski lessons, basketball, etc).