The Sharon Art Studio is committed to seeing that no one is turned away from our programs due to a lack of funds. In pursuit of this goal, a variety of means are available for students to apply for scholarships.
The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department has an extensive scholarship program, and individuals are encouraged to pursue these first, as the benefits apply to as many classes as are taken in a year. To apply or for questions about eligibility, please contact the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department directly at (415) 831‑2717 for information on how to qualify or visit www.sfrecpark.org.
The Friends of Sharon Art Studio (FOSAS) is devoted to supporting the Sharon Art Studio’s goal to promote artistic development, creative expression, and ensure that quality art programs are accessible to all. Toward this aim, FOSAS provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for students in need of financial assistance.
FOSAS scholarships are provided as reimbursements on course fees. Scholarship applicants must first register for the class or workshop online at www.sfreconline.org and pay the full class fee at that time. Applicants must be currently enrolled in the course for which they are requesting a scholarship. Once the Scholarship application is submitted, the applicant will receive an award notice within two weeks. Reimbursement checks are mailed promptly upon session commencement unless the course begins later in the session, in which case reimbursement is withheld until the drop period has passed.
SCHOLARSHIP REQUEST DEADLINES
Scholarship requests are accepted starting on the first early registration date of each session and will be accepted throughout the session until available funds are depleted. Scholarship requests submitted by the session deadlines below will receive priority consideration. Requests submitted after the session deadlines will be considered if received at least two weeks prior the class start date, and if funds are still available.
Scholarships will be granted based upon eligibility and demonstration of need. In the event that there are more eligible requestors than there are funds in any given session, applicants who have not received prior financial assistance will be given priority.
Scholarships are limited to one request per applicant per session. Individuals may request no more than two full (100%) scholarships or four partial (50%) scholarships over the course of one fiscal year. A year is equivalent to four consecutive sessions beginning with the Summer session and ending with the Spring session. If you receive the maximum scholarship awards over the course of a year, then the following year your requests will be considered only after new requests have been awarded. Scholarships are not rewarded retroactively, and requests received less than two weeks before the course start date will not be reviewed.
Please note that some classes and workshops have additional material fees that are included in the course fee, or are paid directly to the instructor. FOSAS scholarships only apply to course fees and DO NOT cover any Material Fees.
TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIPS
The Friends of Sharon Art Studio offers two different scholarships: The Friends of Sharon Art Studio (FOSAS) Scholarship (available to ALL ages) and the Harriet J Stix Encouragement Scholarship (available to those 18Y & up can be used towards classes AND open studios). Details about each scholarship are available on the scholarship forms which can be downloaded on this site (see below) or picked up at the studio.
TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
- Register for a course online at www.sfreconline.org
- Obtain a scholarship form from the studio or download a scholarship form on this site. Download the FOSAS Scholarship (for all ages) by clicking here. Download the Harriet J Stix Encouragement Scholarship form by clicking here.
- Complete the form and attach any supporting document(s) requested on the form:
- Partial Scholarships (50%) – write a letter explaining your need for financial aid.
- Full Scholarships (100%) – write a letter explaining your need for financial aid, and enclose an official document that describes your financial situation (a copy of last year’s tax return, a document from a social service agency, etc.)
- Submit the completed Scholarship Request (and additional supporting document(s) as required) to a Studio Staff Member, FOSAS’ on-site office located upstairs in the Sharon Art building, or mail to: FOSAS, Attn: Scholarships, 1032 Irving Street #520, San Francisco, CA 94122
If you have questions regarding the policy, process, eligibility, or status of your Scholarship Request, please contact the FOSAS office. Office hours are at: info(at)sharonartstudio.org.
To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the provided scholarship application, and submit to FOSAS per the instructions listed above.
Please note that for a full (100%) scholarship you must also provide proof of financial need. Remember that FOSAS scholarships are currently awarded on a reimbursement basis, and you must register for your class and pay at that time in order to be considered for a scholarship.