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, or summer intensive arts education program. The Scholarship Program is a competitive program and the applicants considered to be the most passionate, best qualified and most promising are awarded funding. The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program exists to help students achieve a level of learning that the applicant 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 an applicant?

Scholarships are awarded competitively. Ideal applicants 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, dance, theatre, singing, instrumental, 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, or summer intensive arts education program identified by the applicant. The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship funds will go toward one program – not multiple programs. The applicant must provide proof of acceptance to their program of choice. If the applicant is selected as a scholarship recipient, they must provide the Anthony Quinn Foundation with a plan for how they 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 (not a parent’s; nominator’s; recommender’s). This is our only way of communication with the applicant. If we attempt to contact the applicant and the applicant does not respond, the application will be withdrawn. The applicant must keep the Anthony Quinn Foundation informed of any changes.
  2. Nominator:  The applicant must select a nominator, a person who proposes the applicant as a candidate for the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship and states in their letter of nomination (150 words or less) why the applicant should be considered for the scholarship. The nominator can be a teacher, advisor, or other adult outside the applicant’s family, but must be someone other than the recommender. The applicant must provide the nominator’s name and email address and a request for the letter of nomination will be sent directly from the Foundation.
  3. Recommender:  The recommender is the person whom the applicant chooses to endorse their candidacy for the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship and to write the letter of recommendation (500 words or less). The recommender can be a teacher, advisor, or other adult mentor outside the applicant’s family, and must be someone other than the nominator. The applicant must provide the recommender’s name and email address and a request for the letter of recommendation will be sent directly from the Foundation.
  4. Personal Statement The applicant must provide a personal statement which demonstrates what the applicant is passionate about, and why this particular program the applicant is applying to is important to them. What does the applicant hope to accomplish during the program and expect to gain from this program’s instructional experience? (500 words or less).
  5. Sample of your work:
    1. Visual Arts & Design: The applicant must submit between eight to twelve jpeg images that characterize the applicant’s work.
    2. Dance, Theatre, Singing and Instrumental: The applicant must submit up to three video samples no longer than three minutes each, that characterize the applicant’s work.
    3. Media Arts:  The applicant must submit between eight to twelve jpeg images or post up to three samples, no longer than three minutes each that characterize the applicant’s work.
    4. Literary Arts:  The applicant must submit up to three writing samples limited to one page each that characterize the applicant’s work.
  6. Anti-Discrimination Clause and Behavioral Standards:: 
    1. The Anthony Quinn Foundation does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, religion (creed), national origin (ancestry), gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran status, political beliefs, height or weight in any of the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship processes or in its operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all the applicants, The Board of Trustees, our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.
    2. Plagiarism is 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 phrases and not appropriately documenting notes and bibliographic references.

How are the 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 Anthony Quinn Foundation’s board and staff and operate under a strict conflict of interest policy and the anti-discrimination clause.

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

Not necessarily. Based on the requested amount and the overall cost of the program, the Anthony Quinn Foundation may award full or partial funding up to $3000.

Are the funds sent directly to the recipient?

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

How much is awarded per recipient?

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 or intensive summers arts education program the Anthony Quinn Foundation may award only partial funding. Before the payment of the scholarship funds, the recipient must show proof of acceptance into the program, and that any remaining balance has been paid by the recipient. The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship requires that all recipients pay the non-refundable deposit fee, if applicable, and submit proof of payment to the Anthony Quinn Foundation. The recipient must provide the deadline by which the tuition is to be paid 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 the applicant has been chosen as a semi-finalist, the Anthony Quinn Foundation will contact the semi-finalist and ask them to confirm the name of the one program the semi-finalist indicated on the application. If a second choice of program was indicated, they will be required at this point to select one of the two.

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 the applicant indicated on the application. The Anthony Quinn Foundation allows the applicant to list up to two programs on the application. If the applicant does not get accepted to the first choice program, the applicant must inform us, and the second choice program will be selected as the program of choice. If the applicant decides not to attend either program, the 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 or are currently attending.

Can the scholarship funds be used for private instruction?

No. Private instruction as a program is not allowed. The nominator and or recommender may not be the instructor or be the recipient of the Anthony Quinn Foundation scholarship funds.

What if I have already been attending a program and wish 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 Anthony Quinn Foundation 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, or summer intensive arts education program.

When will the applicants be notified?

The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program will begin notifying students in April.

Can the applicant use the funds for next year?

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