Scholarships

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.

PROCESS

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.

APPROVAL

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.

RESTRICTIONS

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.

MATERIALS FEE

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

  1. Reg­is­ter for a course online at www.sfreconline.org
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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. 

Applicants who are not currently enrolled in the class or workshop for which they are requesting a scholarship will not be considered. If you feel that your cir­cum­stances have not been ade­quately addressed, or if you would like spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion, please con­tact the FOSAS office directly at: (415) 753‑7006 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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