Statement Of Purpose For The Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship

Sponsored by the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce

The purpose of the Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship is to provide two scholarships annually to area students. Students in the Chamber footprint (see list) attending either public or non-public high schools or current college students are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

First-time applicants will be high school seniors (or equivalent) entering their first year of college (or equivalent) or current college students no older than 20 years of age. The money is to be used in the pursuit of a degree in the arts (music, graphic arts, digital arts, performing arts, art education, art therapy, architecture, theater). If no applicants are deemed eligible to receive the Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship, the scholarship money will be held in escrow for future years.

The scholarship is merit-based. The selection of recipients is made by the scholarship committee based on the quality of the work and personal statement submitted by the applicant and on the applicant’s presentation during the interview. In addition to talent, the committee has to consider the candidate’s likelihood of finishing a four-year degree. Faced with two students of equal talent, financial need will be taken into account.

To be considered as a recipient of the Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship, it is mandatory to submit the application completely and accurately. Applications can be found below. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship is made possible through the generosity of many individuals, each of whom works very hard to raise money for this award. Artists donate original artworks to be auctioned providing the bulk of the money. Area businesses help underwrite the auction, thus paying much of the expenses associated with the auction, so that as much of the funds raised as possible go directly to the scholarship fund. Finally, volunteers before and during the Shad Festival promote the auction and the Festival and make it possible.

Please consider doing a Shad Fest poster for the Scholarship Art Auction or volunteering your time at the Shad Festival.

SHAD FESTIVAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Please provide us with the following information. All applications must be submitted by April 1st, 2019.

  • Shad Festival Scholarship Application Form (see below)
  • Portfolio of works containing at least 5 and 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.)
  • A 500-word personal statement, explaining your goals and future plans

(The art teacher and the guidance counselor will be sent an email and should work together to gather these documents below. We require that they come directly from the guidance office.)

  • Student Transcript – Student must maintain at least a C average to be eligible
  • Student Activity Inventory. (Please highlight Community Service)
  • Guidance Counselor Recommendation
  • “Art” Teacher or Primary “Art” Mentor Recommendation
  • Interview with scholarship committee the week of April 8, 2019, if picked as a finalist

If you have any questions about these requirements or the scholarship application, please call the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce: (609) 397-0055 or email.

The Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship Application

Sponsored by the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce

Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship Application

Applicant Contact Info

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Parent / Guardian Info

 
 


Please provide the name and email address of your counselors and teachers. We will contact them to request the documents mentioned above this application.

Guidance Counselor and Art Teacher

 
 


Please provide the following information about the top two colleges to which you have been accepted. Please rank the colleges as to your first and second choice.
If you are a current college student, please fill in the information about the college you are attending.

College #1

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College #2

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Upload Documents

Upload and/or provide links (to videos for example) Use the Upload box to upload multiple images. If you have a video you would like to submit, please use the "Online Media" field to paste a URL. If you prefer to share an online portfolio, please keep in mind we want no more than 10 items so you might want to create a separate portfolio link for this portfolio review.
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Online Media

Use for a link to a video you have created, or online portfolio with no more than 10 items to review for this scholarship application
 
 


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A 500-word personal statement, explaining your goals and future plans. Please upload only standard file types (TXT, PDF, etc) Please do not upload filetype that require an application, like Pages or Word.

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