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How to Apply

Scholarship applications open through May 1, 2023

Please see the following requirements before applying:

General Requirements

  • All students applying for the Empire State Summer Arts Scholarship MUST be full time permanent residents of New York State.  No exceptions will be made. 
  • Students MUST CURRENTLY be in grades 6-12.
  • The selected summer arts program must be New York State-based.

Individual grants will range from $250-$5,000 depending on financial need and program tuition. Financial need is assessed using your 2023 NYS Tax Return. If more applications are received than available funding, scholarships will be awarded based on the most financial need.

Arts programs can specialize in music, theatre, dance, creative writing, ballet, fine arts, design, and more.

It is recommended that students submit an application after they’ve selected and been accepted to a summer arts program. Upon completion of the application form, the student and their parent/guardian will receive an email communication from the Empire State Summer Arts Scholarship Office. This email communication will contain instructions on how to submit financial information and detailed information regarding the arts program you are applying to/attending.

Please be sure to include a valid email and contact number on your application as we will be following up to request more financial information. 

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Link to Application Form