Does your museum offer scholarships for summer camps or classes? We are exploring possibilities for offering summer art camp scholarships so I am gathering information about scholarship opportunities at museums and art organizations.
If your institution offers scholarships, could you please answer the following questions:
Thanks so much for any information you can provide!
The Bruce Museum does offer scholarships to schools for onsite classes. We ask that the school have 25% of its population receiving free or reduced lunch and use the state provided list of this information to verify school claims. So far we've been advertising through e-blasts and on our website, but I am trying to think of more ways to get the word out.
Manager of School and Community Partnerships
One Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT 06830
We offer camp scholarships thanks to support for an individual who set up a fund many years ago. We draw from it each summer. I go through the school system and lately one particular school. We're a rather small museum, so that is easier than fielding applications. The schools know students needs as well as children that have an invested interest in art (in our case). You need to make sure their parents are able and willing to get them there, so another reason to work with the schools. They know!
At COSI we offer scholarships each year based on the available funding from Donors or annual giving campaigns specific to the scholarship need. In terms of internal operations of the scholarship process here's an insider view of what we do:
I hope you find this helpful and insightful for the good work we all do around providing and improving access to our educational programs.
At the Humboldt Botanical Garden in Eureka, CA we offered a summer day camp for the first time this past year and it included full scholarships that were funded by a local women's organization who granted the funds to us. We accepted applications (which are posted on our website at www.hbgf.org) and were able to grant 5 full scholarships. In the application we did ask for household income level. We did not ask for proof of need because we did not want to embarrass anyone. We decided inhouse that if they wanted the scholarship bad enough to lie about it, so be it. It was not a problem.
Our museum does offer summer camp scholarships. Here at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, AZ we have week-long morning camps for children ages 5-12 which families pre-register for. We also offer a more flexible program in the afternoons which we call clubHOUSE. Families do not have to pre-register for clubHOUSE (but it will secure a spot for your child) parents may choose to drop-off their children for one afternoon or as many afternoons of the summer camp program as they like. (We cap the program at 30 children per afternoon.) Our morning sessions are very popular and generally sell out. clubHOUSE is a fairly new program (debuted summer 2013) and enrollment has been growing each year but on average we only fill about have of the available spots. Since enrollment in clubHOUSE is not as high we offer scholarships for the clubHOUSE program only. Families fill out a simple form (attached to this email). A single qualifying household may receive up to 5 afternoon sessions per child but no more than ten sessions per qualifying household. They must prove need based on the current year's Federal Poverty Guidelines (½ price [150%-400%] and full scholarships [100% -133%] available based on household size and income). They may prove need with WIC, EIC, Temporary Assistance card or 2015 tax return. We mention scholarships on our summer camp webpage and mention that they are available in our advertising.
Director of Education/Associate Director
The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive Tucson, AZ 85712
p.520.881.0606 ext.105 f.520.881.9307
This is great information and very helpful! Thank you all!
Hello,The Bass Museum has been offering summer camp scholarships for 4 years now.To inform the community about them we do the following:
Our camps run on a weekly basis, so campers must sign up for one week at a time. In the past we have done partial scholarships, but have since decided to only offer full scholarships to those in need. If it is an economic hardship scholarship, we require that the parents submit a form that they can get from their school that says they qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program at their school. If they are homeschooled or decide not to apply to that program then they must submit their most recent tax return. We look at the return and base our decision off of the same income poverty level that the Federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program uses (link to income eligibility guidelines pdf Here).If it is a disability based scholarship request we ask they they provide one of the following:
I have also attached our scholarship application form.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
American Alliance of Museums2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 1005Arlington, VA 22202