Financial Aid

Washington Studio School is deeply committed to promoting growth and diversity in our community, and we believe that students from any and all backgrounds should have access to quality studio-arts education. WSS offers financial aid to eligible students in the form of full or partial scholarships and work-study positions. While qualifications for the two programs differ, both will utilize the same application and review process.

 

Please see below for application deadlines and more information. Questions? Send us an email at admin@washingtonstudioschool.org or call 202-234-3030.

Scholarships

To ensure that arts education is accessible to talented students regardless of economic background, WSS offers scholarship assistance to adults and teens requiring full or partial financial assistance. The number of scholarships available will vary from year to year according to resources and availability of funding. We are grateful for the generosity of our donors who support all or part of the available scholarship opportunities. Please see below for our different scholarship options. 

 

WSS JOAN BURGESS SHOREY SCHOLARSHIP 

Established in honor of longtime WSS student, friend, and supporter, Joan Burgess Shorey, the scholarship is generously funded in large part by the WSS Joan Burgess Shorey Legacy Fund and by our community of donors. The program provides full or partial tuition assistance to teens and adults with limited economic resources. Teens may apply to attend WSS’s highly regarded three-week Summer Teen Intensive Program, and adults or teens may apply to attend a ten-week class or workshop throughout the year.

 

About Joan Burgess Shorey

Joan Burgess Shorey was raised in Chicago and lived in Washington, D.C. from 1964 until her death in early 2018. She attended Vassar College and the Harvard School of Design after which she moved back to Chicago to a career in community planning work. In D.C., she co-founded a consumer organization, Concern, Inc., worked for Solar Lobby, helped organize Sun Day, and was an aide to Congressman Richard Ottinger. She embraced volunteer work throughout her life and became, along with her husband, Ev, a stalwart of the citizens association CAG, and was a leading supporter of the Georgetown Public Library. She was an active member of The Folger Library Poetry Board and student body at Washington Studio School, taking numerous classes and supporting the organization throughout her tenure in various capacities.

 

Learn more about the Joan Burgess Shorey Legacy Fund.

WSS ALMA THOMAS SCHOLARSHIP 

The WSS Alma Thomas Scholarship, inaugurated by The Friends of Alma Thomas, 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 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 to attend one ten-week class or a workshop

 

Mariah R. 

"I have grown tremendously in my artistic abilities thanks to [WSS]. My experience has significantly shaped the way I think about, look, and appreciate art, as well as certain aspects of my own life. I'm so thankful to have had such an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Margaret

"I am an Art Teacher in DCPS...thanks to the Washington Studio School and the Alma Thomas Scholarship, I was able to take time for my art this summer. I feel strongly that this experience has helped me reconnect with my love of the portrait."

Work-study

WSS offers work-study positions to potential students who might be otherwise deterred by tuition fees. The program is first-come, first-served, and there are a limited number of opportunities each term, depending on the needs of the School. Work-study students may enroll without charge in a ten-week class, in exchange for 40 hours of unpaid work for the class. The 40 hours must be completed by the end of the term in which a student is taking a class. Work-study assignments may include anything from sitting at the front desk to greeting visitors in the evenings, tidying up classrooms in between classes and assisting with set-up and hospitality during public programs or events.

 

Drop-in Figure Drawing/Painting sessions, workshops, and other special classes are excluded from the work-study program. Work-study students must demonstrate professionalism, reliability and accountability, and are expected to provide their own supplies for classes.

Deadlines

Spring Term: Sunday, March 15, 2020

Summer Term: Sunday, June 7, 2020

 

FAQs

How do I apply?


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis thoughout the year but must be sent at least three weeks prior to the beginning of a term to be considered. All applicants must complete the online Financial Aid Form (click "Apply Now" link above) and submit the following documentation: • An artist’s statement, explaining why you would like to study at WSS, identifying the program or coursework you wish to pursue, and the amount of scholarship funds you are seeking; • A letter of reference from at least one art teacher, art tutor, or art advisor; • A portfolio of current work, or a resume/CV for those applying to the work-study program; • 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. If this information is not available, please upload a blank document and notify WSS if a tax form is unavailable by sending an email to laila[at]washingtonstudioschool.org. Before sending the tax return to WSS, please blank out the taxpayer's Social Security Number. DC Public High School or Charter School teachers need not submit tax returns, only proof of employment. If you are unable to submit your application online, download the application and send it with requested materials by email to admin@washingtonstudioschool.org or by mail to: WSS Financial Aid Program 2129 S Street NW Washington, DC 20008




What documentation do I need?


  1. An artist’s statement, explaining why you would like to study at WSS, identifying the program or coursework you wish to pursue, and the amount of scholarship funds you 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 or 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. Please notify WSS if a tax form is unavailable by sending an email to laila[at]washingtonstudioschool.org. Please blank out the taxpayer's Social Security Number before sending to WSS. DC Public High School or Charter School teachers need not submit tax returns, only proof of employment




What is the deadline?


Scholarship and work-study applications must be submitted by the following deadlines: Winter Term: Friday, December 20, 2019. Spring Term: Sunday, March 15, 2020 Summer Term: Sunday, June 7, 2020




How are applications reviewed?


Applications are reviewed by a committee. Selected applicant(s) will be contacted by the Artistic Director/Head of Faculty or her designee to arrange for an interview and portfolio review.




What are the criteria for acceptance?


Scholarships are awarded based on:

  1. • Financial need
  2. • Applicant’s portfolio
  3. • Interview and/or demonstration of interest




What happens next?


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 applicable program, class, or workshop.




I have other questions.


Questions regarding scholarship opportunities may be addressed to the Artistic Director/Head of Faculty, Jill Phillips or Managing Director, Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah at admin@washingtonstudioschool.org or 202.234.3030.




What if I just want to donate to a scholarship fund?


Please consider joining the WSS Circle of Giving and help us connect the underserved in the DC Metro community to our exceptional visual arts learning experience in a welcoming, inclusive, and focused environment. 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. Tuition for one teen for our Summer Teen Intensive Program $1850 Tuition for two 10 week classes for an adult or teen $1000 Tuition for one 10 week class $500 Tuition for one workshop $250 Art supplies for our Summer Teen Intensive Program $100 Any dollar amount is welcomed and appreciated!




Can I apply for partial funding?


Yes! We welcome applications from students requesting full funding to enroll in a ten week class or workshop, or partial funding. This includes those students interested in, or already inrolled in, our Foundation Certificate or Master Certificate Programs.





 

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