Applications open for the Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship

Applications for the 2018 Shad Fest Art Scholarship, being renamed the Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship, are now being accepted.
Shadfest Scholarship
The Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship is sponsored by the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.  Two $10,000 scholarships are available to students who are residents of Lambertville, Milford, Stockton or Frenchtown, New Jersey; or New Hope, Centre Bridge, Lumberville, Point Pleasant, Upper Black Eddy or Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania.  All applications must be submitted by April 2nd, 2018.
Applicant Criteria & Required Materials:

  • Applicants must be attending college in the fall of 2018 and pursing a degree in the fine or performing arts. You must be 20 years old or younger to apply.
  • GPA minimum of C average.

Required Materials

  • Shad Festival Scholarship Application Form
  • Student Transcript
  • Student Activity Inventory including Community Service
  • Guidance Counselor Recommendation
  • Art Teacher or Primary Art Mentor Recommendation
  • A 500-word personal statement, explaining your goals and future plans
  • Portfolio of works containing at least 5and no more than 10 examples of your work. Portfolios will be judged on potential, accomplishment, attitude, and intent. Digital portfolios are strongly preferred. However, visual artists are encouraged to bring representative pieces to the interview. (If you are a performing artist, a video or audio disk of performances is acceptable, no more than 10 to 15 minutes in length.)

Applications are due by April 2, 2018 and finalists must be available for an interview the week of April 9, 2018. Applications are available at More information can be obtained by calling or emailing Nancy Boyce at the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce at or calling 609-397-0055.
“The communities served by the DRTCC have shown amazing support of each other while maintaining their own unique individuality. Each community represented benefits from the next and it only made sense to expand the financial benefits to young, artistic individuals looking to bring their own new uniqueness through art education to the communities we serve,” said David Morgan, Executive Director of the DRTCC.