Rising Young Artist Scholarship Program FAQ
Who can apply?
Applicants must be between the ages of 7-17 years old at the start of camp and ready for a sleep-away camp experience.
How are applicants chosen for awards?
Scholarships awards are based on the following general criteria:
- Interest and involvement in one or more of the arts offered as part of the Appel Farm program
- Financial need
- Potential for growth and development through the Appel Farm experience in comparison to the opportunities afforded the child at home
- Background and experience which will broaden the cultural diversity of Appel Farm
- Space availability and previous attendance at Appel Farm
***Priority is given to applicants who are new to Appel Farm or are returning for their second or third summers.***
Some funds have additional requirements based on geographic location, school type, free and reduced lunch, etc. Appel Farm will automatically review applicants for any funds for which they qualify based on information provided on the Appel Farm Scholarship Application.
Is my income the only factor in determining awards?
Though the scholarship application asks for gross household income, it is not the only factor the committee evaluates when making awards. Our rubric considers a variety of factors like teacher recommendations, child’s interest in the arts, and other financial circumstances as explained in the narrative portion of the application. We are sensitive to the fact that many middle income families, especially those with multiple children or financial hardships like medical expenses or debt, have trouble affording camp, yet don’t qualify for other scholarship programs because their income is too high. Our message is, if you are having trouble affording camp, we want to help.
Do I need to include my Tax Return with my application?
In previous years, we’ve required families to submit their Tax Return as proof of income. However, we are no longer requiring this information to be considered for partial assistance. If you want your camper to be considered for a full scholarship, then you are required to submit proof of income, however, it is not limited to tax forms. You can also submit pay stubs, benefit award letters, or other documentation of annual income. If we have any questions about your total annual household income, we will contact you.
Do I have to submit a Teacher Recommendation Form?
If your child will be first-time camper, you must submit a Teacher Recommendation with your child’s application. If your child is a return camper, then your child’s behavior from the last summer & counselor feedback will be used for consideration in lieu of a formal recommendation.
Who decides if my child is chosen for an award?
Recommendations for awards are made by a committee that consists of the Camp Directors and staff. The committee bases its recommendations on the qualifications and criteria listed above, and uses a sliding income scale to determine award amounts.
If my child qualifies, will they definitely receive an award?
Not all eligible applicants will receive an award as spaces and funds are limited. Some of our scholarships are specific for campers from certain regions or studying particular areas of the arts. Awards are made monthly until funds have all been awarded, so applying early can help your camper’s chances of securing an award.
When will I find out if my child is chosen for an award?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and need to be submitted by the first of the month to be considered during that 30-day cycle. Funding is limited and awards are made on a first-come first-reviewed basis so it is better to apply as early as you are able to make a commitment to camp. The review and notification process may take up to 30 days.
If chosen for an award, will I have to pay any additional money?
If your child is awarded a full scholarship, you will only be responsible for your child’s canteen money. Canteen money is spending money for trips and incidentals like sunscreen and stamps. To accept the award, we will ask that you pay $100 deposit (non-refundable) to secure your child’s space and commit to the program. Your $100 deposit will be applied to your child’s canteen account prior to the first day of camp. Any money not spent by your child during camp will be refunded at the end of the session.
If your child is awarded less than full tuition, upon accepting the award, you will be responsible for paying the remaining tuition balance and canteen money prior to the start of your camper’s session.
Is transportation provided to and from camp?
Bus Transportation from West Orange, NJ and New York City to and from camp is provided free of charge for full scholarship recipients and $50 each way for all other campers. We will also pick up any child, free of charge, from the Philadelphia bus and train stations and airport. Once we’ve registered your child you will need to complete several camp forms, including a Transportation Form so you can let us know if your child will need transportation.