FAQ

What is the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program?

The Anthony Quinn Foundation recognizes that there is a crisis in arts education.  The Scholarship Program has been developed to provide financial assistance to high school students who wish to attend a recognized pre-college, summer or after-school arts education program.  The Scholarship Program is a competitive program and the applicants judged to be the most passionate, best qualified and most promising are awarded funding.  The Anthony Quinn Foundation (AQF) Scholarship Program exists to help students achieve a level of learning that he/she would not have otherwise been able to achieve. The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship cannot be used for secondary school or college tuition.

What does the Foundation look for in nominees?

Scholarships are awarded competitively.  Ideal nominees are those who would benefit from financial support and demonstrate exceptional talent and dedication with a strong commitment to personal artistic growth in one of the following areas:  visual arts and design, performing arts, media arts, and literary arts.

If awarded a scholarship, does the applicant have to apply the funding to a specific program?

Yes.  The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship funds must be applied directly to a recognized pre-college, summer or after-school arts education program identified by the student on the application.  Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship funds will go toward one program – not multiple programs. The applicant will need to provide proof of application and acceptance to their program of choice.  If you are selected as a scholarship recipient, you must provide the AQF with a plan for how you will personally fund the remainder of the tuition.

How do I apply?

The applicant must provide by the deadline:

  1.  Personal email account:  The applicant must have an active, personal email account that the applicant will check regularly for updates.
  2. Nominator:  The applicant will select a nominator, a person who proposes the applicant as a candidate for the AQF Scholarship and can be a teacher, advisor, or other adult outside the applicant’s family, but must be someone other than the recommender, who will write a letter of nomination (150 words or less).  The applicant will need to provide the nominator’s name and email address.
  3. Recommender:  One letter of recommendation (500 words or less):  The recommender is the person who you choose to endorse you as a candidate for the AQF scholarship and writes your letter of recommendation.  The recommender can be a teacher, advisor, or other adult mentor outside the applicant’s family, but must be someone other than the nominator.  The applicant will need to provide the recommender’s name and email address.
  4. Personal Statement (500 words or less): A personal statement should demonstrate what you are passionate about, and why this particular program you are applying to is important to you.  What do you hope to accomplish during the program and what do you expect to gain from this program’s instruction’s experience?
  5. Sample of your work:
    1. Visual Arts & Design: Please submit between eight to twelve jpeg images that characterize your work.
    2. Performing Arts:  Please submit up to three samples that characterize your work; no longer than three minutes each.
    3. Media Arts:  Please submit between eight to twelve jpeg images or or post up to three samples, no longer than three minutes each that characterize your work.
    4. Literary Arts:  Please submit up to three writing samples limited to one page each that characterize your work.
  6. Behavioral Standards: 
        1.The AQF expects that the applicants and recipients of the scholarship awards will act in a responsible and mature manner at all times.
      2.Plagiarism as defined, but not limited to, submitting work done by another person or failing to cite another person’s ideas; failing to properly place quotation marks on borrowed sentences or phases and not appropriately documenting  notes and bibliographic references.

How are scholarship applications evaluated?

Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges who are practicing artists and/or arts educators whose professional expertise ranges across the spectrum of fields for which scholarships are awarded.  The judges are independent of the Foundation’s board and staff and operate under a strict conflict of interest policy.

If selected for a scholarship, will the student receive the full amount requested?

Not necessarily.  Based on the requested amount and the overall cost of the program, the Foundation may award full or partial funding.

Are the funds sent directly to the student?

No.  Funds awarded are sent directly to the arts education program of choice, not to the student.

How much is awarded per student?

The Scholarship award amounts are up to $3000 or 50% (whichever is less) of the total tuition cost.  Most scholarships range from $1,000-$3,000 but partial funding from another source is encouraged.  Based on the requested amount and the overall cost of the recognized pre-college, summer or after-school arts education program the Foundation may award only partial funding.   Before the payment of the scholarship funds, the applicant must show proof of acceptance into the program, and that any remaining balance has been paid by the applicant.  The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship requires that all recipients pay the non-refundable deposit fee, if applicable, and submit proof of that payment to the Foundation. The recipient will need to provide the deadline by which the tuition is to be paid by and request an invoice from their program to be submitted to the Anthony Quinn Foundation Accounting: accounting@anthonyquinnfoundation.org.  Scholarship recipients will be required to complete a post program, follow-up survey.

I have decided to apply to two different programs; can I receive a scholarship for both? Or can I split my scholarship monies to pay for the two different programs?

No.  The scholarship funds will be for one program. If you have been chosen as a semi-finalist, we will contact you and will ask you to confirm the name of the one program that you have indicated on your application.

I stated on the application that I wanted to go to a specific program, but now I have changed my mind and want to apply to another program.  Can I apply my scholarship funds toward this new program?

No.

What if I don’t get accepted to the program I selected?

Scholarship monies are based on the program that you indicated on your application.  If you do not get accepted to that program, you must inform us and your application will be taken out of consideration.

Can I apply to a program that I have already attended?

No.  Scholarship recipients cannot use The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship funds to return to a program that they have already attended in the past (except in the case that the program is at a higher level).  The applicant must provide the needed information for The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Committee to discern that this is a different program or at a higher level.

Can the scholarship funds be used for private instruction?

No.  Private instruction as a program is not allowed (with the exception of a Master Class).  The recommender may not be the instructor for the Master Class or be the recipient of the AQF scholarship funds.  The applicant must provide the needed information for The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Committee to discern that this is a Master Class.

The Applicant has already been attending a program and wishes the scholarship funds to go towards retroactive payments.  Can I do this?

No.  We will not provide scholarship monies retroactively for a program that the applicant has already been attending.

Can the funds be used for travel?

No.

Can I use the scholarship funds for secondary or for college tuition?

No.  The AQF Scholarship cannot be used for secondary school (high school) or college tuition.  The Scholarship Program has been developed to provide financial assistance to high school students who wish to attend a recognized pre-college, summer or after-school arts education program.

Can an organization apply for funding support?

No. The Scholarship Program has been developed to assist individual High School students.

When will the applicants be notified?

The AQF Scholarship Program will begin notifying students in April.

Can the applicant use the funds for next year?

No.   All Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship funds must be expended by December 31st of the year in which the funds are awarded.