ALBANI — The New York State Summer School for the Arts (NYSSSA) will offer a total of $150,000 in scholarship opportunities to high school students to attend other regional summer arts programs for Summer 2022, the state Department of Education announced today.
Students can apply for the scholarship until 1 May via an online application at the NYSSSA website, http://www.oce.nysed.gov/nysssa.
“We are excited to offer this new scholarship program to students interested in the arts,” said Chairman of the Board of Trustees Lester W. Young, Jr.
The judges believed that every student should have the opportunity to participate actively in arts education. This scholarship program will allow students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to connect with the arts via summer programs that may previously have been a financial challenge for their families.”
“An arts education can change a student’s life, and this new scholarship program will break down financial barriers that may prevent students from attending summer arts programs,” said State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa. “NYSSSA staff and faculty continue to advance NYSSSA programming to adapt to the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic. I look forward to the success of this new scholarship program.”
The goal of the scholarship program is to promote access and equality in arts education by offering need-based scholarships to low-income students to pursue summer opportunities. The scholarship application will assess financial need and will not include an exam or portfolio component.
To be eligible to apply, students must be enrolled in grades 6 through 12 in fall 2022, live in New York State, and choose a summer arts program in New York State including music, theater, dance, creative writing, fine art, design, and more. Individual scholarships range from $250 – $5,000 depending on financial need; Scholarship amounts will pay up to 90% of the program cost. If more applications are received than available funding, scholarships will be awarded based on financial need.
NYSSSA offered programming roughly in summer 2020 and 2021. No virtual or in-person NYSSSA program will be offered in summer 2022 due to several factors, including financial challenges and virtual format fatigue.
NYSSSA is a program of the State Department of Education and Office of Cultural Education. The NYSSSA serves an important need to nurture and enhance the artistic capabilities of the state’s most talented young artists regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual expression, or economic status.
More information can be found on the NYSSSA website.