Washington Studio School is committed to ensuring arts education is accessible to talented students regardless of economic background and offers scholarship assistance to students who may not otherwise be able to take advantage of the School’s offerings. The number of scholarships available will vary from year to year according to the School’s resources and availability of funding.

Summer Teen Intensive Program Scholarship. This is a full or partial tuition scholarship available to a high-school age teen to attend WSS’s highly regarded three-week summer program for teens.

Washington Studio School Alma Thomas Scholarship. This scholarship is in honor and memory of abstract expressionist painter and art educator Alma Thomas. Thomas was the first fine arts graduate of Howard University and an art teacher at Shaw Jr. High School from 1924 to 1960. Thomas was the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The Scholarship is available to DC resident teens and adults from historically underrepresented communities, particularly those who identify as people of color, who attend the University of District of Columbia, Howard University, DC public high schools or charter schools. The scholarship is also available to art teachers in DC public high schools or charter schools. The winning applicant(s) will receive full or partial tuition to WSS’s Summer Teen Intensive Program or enrollment for one ten week class or a workshop. The award may also include a stipend.

This Scholarship is generously inaugurated by The Friends of Alma Thomas. Read the full Press Release.

All applicants must complete the online Scholarship Application Form (or download and mail a application) and submit the following documentation:
1. An artist’s statement, explaining why they would like to study at WSS, identifying the program or coursework they wish to pursue and the amount of scholarship funds they are seeking;
2. A letter of reference from at least one art teacher, art tutor or art advisor;
3. A portfolio of current work;
4. The prior year’s local and federal tax returns. If the applicant is under the age of 18, the local and federal tax returns of the parent(s) or guardian of the applicant must be submitted. DC Public High School or Charter School teachers need not submit tax returns, only proof of employment.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants interested in the Summer Teen Intensive Program must submit their application no later than May 1.

If you are unable to submit your application online, the application and materials should be sent to: WSS Scholarship Programs, 2129 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20008.

Interview: The Artistic Director/Head of Faculty or her designee will contact the applicant to arrange for an interview and portfolio review.

Decision: Scholarships are reviewed by a committee and awarded based on:
– Financial need
– The applicant’s portfolio
– The interview and/or demonstration of interest.

WSS will respond in writing to all applicants informing them of the decision before the beginning of the term for which the scholarship is sought.

If awarded, the funds will be applied directly toward the program, class or workshop for which the scholarship is sought.

Questions regarding scholarship opportunities may be addressed to the Artistic Director/Head of Faculty, Jill Phillips or Managing Director, Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah at (202) 234-3030.


Art For All. Donate to our Scholarship Fund today. Your tax-deductible gift of any size will help make a difference in a student’s life and support the advancement of Washington Studio School’s scholarship program. 

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