Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the following scholarship opportunities for the 2015 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention.  

Scholarship Opportunities for All Americans for the Arts Members

*Must be a member  of Americans for the Arts to apply.

General Convention Scholarships (up to 20 available)

Who can apply: any Americans for the Arts member who wishes to attend the main Convention

What is given: Scholarships in the form of up to $500 in post-facto reimbursement for Convention-related expenses. These scholarships can be used to reimburse (with appropriate receipts):

  • the cost of registration to the main Convention
  • the cost of airfare and/or other transportation to attend the Convention
  • accommodation costs during the Convention

General Convention Scholarship recipients will be notified of their scholarship in advance of registering, but will need to incur all expenses and then receive reimbursements for appropriate expenses after the Convention has concluded, upon receipt of (1) appropriate receipts indicating reimbursable expenses and (2) a one-page report outlining at least three core lessons learned from the Convention.

Preconference Scholarships (up to five available for each of the three preconferences)

Who can apply: any Americans for the Arts member who wishes to attend an Annual Convention preconference. To learn more about the three preconferences, please visit http://convention.artsusa.org/preconferences.

What is given: Scholarships in the form of up to $500 in post-facto reimbursement for Convention preconference-related expenses. These scholarships can be used to reimburse (with appropriate receipts):

  • the cost of registration to one of the Annual Convention preconferences
  • the cost of airfare and/or other transportation to attend the preconference
  • accommodations costs during the preconference

Preconference Scholarship recipients will be notified of their scholarship in advance of registering, but will need to incur all expenses and then receive reimbursements for appropriate expenses after the preconference has concluded, upon receipt of (1) appropriate receipts indicating reimbursable expenses and (2) a one-page report outlining at least three core lessons learned from the preconference.  Preconference scholarship recipients are encouraged, but not required, to attend the main Convention.

Practicing Artist Scholarship (up to 5 available)

Who can apply: The Practicing Artist Scholarship is open to Americans for the Arts members who are practicing artists working in any artistic discipline (visual, performing, literary, dance etc) who wish to attend the main Convention. The applicant must demonstrate that they are a practicing artist through their statement of interest, letters of support and/or resume.

What is given: The Practicing Artist Scholarship Provides the recipient with:

  • One complimentary registration to the full Annual Convention (June 12-14, 2015)
  • Up to $500 in post-facto reimbursement for the cost of airfare and/or other transportation to attend the main conference and accommodations costs during the main conference only.

Practicing Artist Scholarship recipients will be notified of their scholarship in advance of registering, but will need to incur travel & accommodation expenses and then receive reimbursements for appropriate expenses after the main conference has concluded, upon receipt of (1) appropriate receipts indicating reimbursable expenses and (2) a one-page report outlining at least three core lessons learned from the main convention.

 

Evaluation criteria for these scholarship opportunities

Scholarship recipients are selected on a competitive basis by a committee composed of Americans for the Arts staff and outside panelists. Applicants will be evaluated based on the questions asked in the statement of purpose in the scholarship application.

In order to be considered for these scholarships, you must be a current member or join  as a member of Americans for the Arts before applying.

Special Full-Ride Scholarship Opportunities

*Must be a member of Americans for the Arts to apply. Applicants who apply for, but do not receive, a Full Ride Scholarship will be automatically considered for a $500 reimbursement General Convention Scholarship.

Americans for the Arts members who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for one or all of these specific scholarships which cover most of the costs associated with attending the 2015 Annual Convention and one of our three preconferences.

Full-Ride Scholarship – Emerging Leaders (two available)

Who can apply: The Emerging Leaders Full-Ride Scholarship is open to Americans for the Arts members who are under the age of 35 and/or have less than 5 years of experience in the arts field.

What is given: The Full-Ride Scholarship provides the recipient with:

  • one (1) complimentary registration to one of three Annual Convention preconferences (June 10–12, 2015)
  • one (1) complimentary registration to the main Annual Convention (June 12–14, 2015)
  • roundtrip travel to the Annual Convention site in Chicago, IL.
  • up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, the official Convention hotel, June 10-14, 2015.

Travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete a one-page final report outlining lessons learned at the Annual Convention as well as to provide blog and/or social media content for Americans for the Arts during the preconference and Annual Convention.  More detail on the blog/social media contributions can be found on the scholarship application.

Full-Ride Scholarship – Field Diversity (two available)

Who can apply: The Field Diversity Full-Ride Scholarship is open to Americans for the Arts members who are exemplary arts leaders of color at any point in their careers who without the assistance of a scholarship would not otherwise be able to attend the Annual Convention.

What is given: The Full-Ride Scholarship provides the recipient with:

  • one (1) complimentary registration to one of three Annual Convention preconferences (June 10–12, 2015)
  • one (1) complimentary registration to the main Annual Convention (June 12–14, 2015)
  • roundtrip travel to the Annual Convention site in Chicago, IL.
  • up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, the official Convention hotel, June 10-14, 2015.

Travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete a one-page final report outlining lessons learned at the Annual Convention as well as to provide blog and/or social media content for Americans for the Arts during the preconference and Annual Convention.  More detail on the blog/social media contributions can be found on the scholarship application.


Full-Ride Scholarship – Serving Underserved Communities (two available)

Who can apply: The Serving Underserved Communities Full-Ride Scholarship is open to Americans for the Arts members who serve the needs of communities where access to the arts is limited by geography, race/ethnicity, economics and/or disability.

What is given
: The Full-Ride Scholarship provides the recipient with:

  • one (1) complimentary registration to one of three Annual Convention preconferences (June 10–12, 2015)
  • one (1) complimentary registration to the main Annual Convention (June 12–14, 2015)
  • roundtrip travel to the Annual Convention site in Chicago, IL.
  • up to four (4) nights of hotel accommodation at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, the official Convention hotel, June 10-14, 2015.

Travel and hotel accommodations must be handled by Americans for the Arts.  Full-Ride Scholarship recipients will be expected to complete a one-page final report outlining lessons learned at the Annual Convention as well as to provide blog and/or social media content for Americans for the Arts during the preconference and Annual Convention.  More detail on the blog/social media contributions can be found on the scholarship application.
 

Evaluation criteria for these scholarship opportunities

Scholarship recipients are selected on a competitive basis by a committee composed of Americans for the Arts staff and outside panelists. Applicants will be evaluated based on the questions asked in the statement of purpose in the scholarship application.

In order to be considered for these scholarships, you must be a current member or join  as a member of Americans for the Arts.

Important Deadlines

February 26, 2015, 5 PM EST All scholarship applications are due
March 20, 2015
Scholarship recipients will be notified
March 24, 2015
Awardees must confirm acceptance of the scholarship
April 3, 2015
Early Bird Deadline
April 10, 2015
Full Ride awardees deadline for travel documentation
June 10-14, 2015
Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and Preconferences
July 15, 2015
All recipients are required to submit a one-page report about their experience to Americans for the Arts.  Preconference and General Convention scholarship recipients must submit receipts for reimbursement.


 

Restrictions

  • Americans for the Arts scholarships do not cover the cost of any transportation or incidentals beyond the travel directly to and from the Convention site, ARTventure tours, or any other additional activities.
  • All reimbursement-based scholarships require receipts as proof of purchase before reimbursement will be made.  Reimbursements will not exceed $500.  Reimbursement requests received without the required one-page report and/or appropriate receipts will not be honored.
  • Convention scholarships may only be used to attend the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Chicago, IL, June 12-14, 2015.
  • Preconference Scholarships may only be used to attend the appropriate preconference, June 10-12, 2015.
  • Recipients of Full Ride Scholarships (#1) must have the ability to depart from an airport that reasonably connects to the Annual Convention host city. Airline travel for Full Ride Scholarships is based on the availability of reasonable airfare rates as deemed by Americans for the Arts. Free or award tickets may be used and result in the inability to retain frequent flier miles for the individual. If preferred air travel is unavailable or not served by your nearest airport this portion of the scholarship may be unavailable. No substitutions for air travel can be allowed except in cases where rail or car are deemed the most appropriate travel option by Americans for the Arts.
  • All recipients are required to submit a one-page report about their experience by July 15, 2015. This report should specifically detail at least three lessons learned at the Annual Convention.  Reimbursements will not be made until the one-page report is received.
  • An individual may apply for all scholarships offered provided that they meet all of the eligibility criteria for each category of award.  However a maximum of one scholarship per individual will be awarded. Applicants who apply for any of the Full Ride Scholarships will be automatically considered for a General Convention Scholarship.

     

For questions regarding scholarships, please contact Membership & Data Associate Ashley McDonald by e-mail at membership@artsusa.org or by telephone at 202-371-2830.