Scholarships

Weehawken Creative Arts is pleased to offer scholarships for classes and workshops to deserving people interested in taking advantage of the cultural and fine arts events offered. The scholarship fund is funded by generous donations, which vary each season. For this reason, the fund fluctuates from semester to semester. Each Semester has strict scholarship deadlines, please check for applicable restrictions. All deadlines must be strictly adhered to!

Applicants may apply for 5-100% of tuition.

Applicants must also disclose if they are currently enrolled or plan to enroll in classes with another program (for example: Ah Haa, Telluride dance, Montrose Rec Center, etc.) during the same semester in which they plan to attend Weehawken classes on any sort of scholarship or financial assistance. Failure to disclose can and likely will impact scholarship awards in the future.

Please note: Scholarships are not available for the aerial silks program in any location.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE FALL SESSION IS 5 PM ON January 6, 2022

Please note: If you intend to apply for a scholarship, DO NOT enroll in the class until AFTER receiving notification of a scholarship decision. Upon receipt of application, we will hold a space in requested class pending our decision.

There are two types of scholarships available:

Apply for a needs based scholarship

Needs-Based Scholarship Application – This scholarship allows for a request of up to 100% of the cost of the class, with a limit of one dance class per semester or 2 regular arts classes over the course of a year. This scholarship application requests the completion of 2 essay questions as well as a listing of two references that would/could verify your “need” with Weehawken. For each “Needs-Based Scholarship” awarded, Weehawken expects the student/family to sign-on for 8 or more hours of volunteer labor in exchange. Failure to complete volunteer hours will result in expulsion from the scholarship program in the future.

Nominate another for a scholarship

Nominated Needs-Based Scholarship – In this instance, an authority figure or adult (such as a teacher, school nurse, employer, counselor, pastor, etc) can nominate a deserving and needy student for up to a 100% scholarship for a particular class each semester. For each student nominated, there is a limit of one dance class per semester and/or one arts class per semester. This application requires the completion of 2 essay questions and contact information for at least one other person that could/would confirm the student’s need. Volunteer hours with this scholarship are negotiable, depending on the nominated student’s particular situation.

NEW! Weehawken Dance & Mountain Market proudly present an ALL NEW scholarship opportunity: The Mountain Market Weehawken Dance Scholarship for a deserving Ridgway dance student. This scholarship is a Nominated Scholarship. In this instance, an authority figure or adult (such as a teacher, school nurse, employer, counselor, pastor, etc) can nominate a deserving and needy RIDGWAY student for up to a 100% scholarship for a particular class each semester. The Scholarship Details: 1 student shall receive 1 FULL RIDE Weehawken Scholarship for 1 year including: Any Required Uniform (if in ballet) & dance shoes Tuition for 1 year (limit 1 class per semester) 4 tickets to each of the winter & spring productions. Show fees are covered. Registration fee is covered. TO THE NOMINATOR: The purpose of this scholarship fund is to support people who show a demonstrated interest in Weehawken Dance and, due to their economic circumstances, are unable to pay program tuition or fees (and in some instances – even purchase basic materials to take these classes such as leotards and shoes). We are very proud of this advancement and even more proud of the talented scholarship students who participated in our programs over the years. This year, Weehawken will again provide a number of scholarships to students who would otherwise be unable to attend our programs, upon the advice of “experts” who nominate candidates who truly demonstrate a need. Please fill out and email or mail back the nominated scholarship application to tell us.
Click here for the Mountain Market Scholarship Application

We do expect the following of ALL scholarship students:


80% attendance at the class. Meaning, if more than two classes out of ten are missed (without good excused cause) it will mean that the student becomes ineligible for a scholarship in the future.

Eight hours of volunteer help contributed for each scholarship granted.

Model student behavior – students on scholarship should act as leaders in their class. It is an honor to have a scholarship.

Please be aware:


Scholarship families are not eligible to purchase reserved (front row – more expensive) tickets to the show.

Students must also let us know of other extra-curricular activities they are currently involved in this semester at the time of application. (For example: participation in dance at another studio in the area, ski lessons, basketball, etc).

It is especially important for students who are granted Weehwaken Dance Scholarships be loyal to, and supportive of our program. Therefore, scholarship recipients and work-trade students are not permitted to participate in other dance programs without the prior approval of the Artistic Director for Dance.

Scholarships are not available for the aerial silks program at any location.