The New York State Education Department announced that the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) will offer a total of $150,000 in scholarship opportunities for high school students to attend regional summer arts programs for summer 2022.

The goal of the scholarship program is to promote access and equity to arts education by providing need-based grants to low-income students pursuing summer opportunities. The scholarship application will evaluate financial need and will not include an audition or portfolio component.

To be eligible to apply, students must be entering 6th – 12th grade in fall 2022, live in New York State, and select a New York State-based summer arts program including music, theatre, dance, creative writing, fine arts, design, and more. Individual grants will range from $250 – $5,000 depending on financial need; grant amounts will pay up to 90 percent of the program cost. If more applications are received than available funding, scholarships will be awarded based on the most financial need.

Students can apply for a scholarship through May 1, 2022, via an online application. For more information, visit the New York State Summer School of the Arts web page or send an email to nysssa@nysed.gov.