Apply for Scholarships

Scholarship Options

Our studios are open to everyone who wants to learn and create. We offer a variety of scholarships in an effort to make our classes accessible to as many people as possible. Full- and half-tuition scholarships are available for all classes and workshops. Every student is eligible to apply for merit-based half-tuition scholarships. BIPOC individuals, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans are qualified to apply for full scholarships.

Full scholarships for veterans are provided by The Fine Foundation.

If you have questions about scholarships, please email Valerie or call 412-365-2145, x. 210.

Youth Scholarships

PGC is committed to facilitating access for all young people. We offer full- and half-tuition scholarships for middle school and high school students based on application strength. No previous glass or art experience is required. Our only prerequisites are enthusiasm, curiosity, and an eagerness to learn.

Summer Boot Camp Scholarship Application Deadline: JUNE 6.       APPLY NOW

Fall 2022 SiO2 Scholarship Application Deadline: SEPTEMBER 8.       APPLY NOW

8-Week and 4-Week Classes

Full- and half-tuition scholarships are available for all classes. Every student is eligible to apply for merit-based half-tuition scholarships. BIPOC individuals, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans are qualified to apply for full scholarships. Full scholarships for veterans are provided by The Fine Foundation.

FALL 2022 APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED: JULY 1 - SEPTEMBER 11  APPLY

 

One-week Winter/Spring Intensives

Full- and half-tuition scholarships are available for all one-week intensive classes. Every student is eligible to apply for merit-based half-tuition scholarships. BIPOC individuals, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans are qualified to apply for full scholarships. Full scholarships for veterans are provided by The Fine Foundation.

One-week Intensives

Full- and half-tuition scholarships are available for all one-week intensive classes. Every student is eligible to apply for merit-based half-tuition scholarships. BIPOC individuals, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans are qualified to apply for full scholarships. Full scholarships for veterans are provided by The Fine Foundation.

Sometimes popular classes fill up prior to the scholarship deadline. Unfortunately, PGC cannot hold spots. Students wishing to secure a spot in a class (with a willingness to pay for it whether or not they receive a scholarship) should register and pay in full. If a scholarship is awarded, then the amount of the award will be refunded to that student.

Summer Scholarships
All summer scholarship applications must be submitted online by MARCH 15. Recipients will be notified and must pay their balance before April 15.

TEEN ONLY! Summer Boot Camp Scholarship Application Deadline: JUNE 6.       APPLY NOW

Workshops (2-hour - 2-day short classes)

Full- and half-tuition scholarships are available for all classes. Every student is eligible to apply for merit-based, half-tuition scholarships. BIPOC individuals, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans are qualified to apply for full scholarships. Full scholarships for veterans are provided by The Fine Foundation. 

ROLLING APPLICATION DEADLINE (Applications should be received at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the workshop): CONTACT VALERIE

The most common of all application rejections is for the simple fact that they are incomplete or received after the deadline.

What makes a good scholarship application?

When the scholarship committee reviews applications they are looking both at the written statement as well as the images included.  Here are a few things to consider for both the written essay and the images:

The written short essay asks for up to three bits of information:

  1. Your art and/or glass experience-  In a few sentences try to describe what got you into glass, what you’re currently doing, and where you’re hoping to go with your work.  If you have no glass experience talk about your work in other mediums and why you would like to explore using glass in your work. 
  2. What interests you about each class you have chosen-  This is really an essential part to the written section, talk about how your practice relates to or would benefit from the course you are seeking a scholarship for.  If it’s the instructor you’re inspired by and/or the technique.  If you have no glass experience, talk about why you want to translate your work into glass and why the particular course would help you do so. 
  3. Information related to financial need and how this scholarship may remove a barrier to enrolling in this class-  In a sentence or two let the committee know why this scholarship would help make it possible for you to attend and participate in the class. 

The images:

  1. Include 5 images!  Include a few detail shots of your best works if you’re not sure if you have 5 separate pieces you want to include.  If you are not submitting glass, include images of your other artworks. 
  2. The images do not have to be related to the course you are applying for.  We would prefer to see you demonstrate your work as an artist/ craftsperson at your highest level, regardless of technique.
  3. Do the best you can with the images themselves, we understand that not everyone can afford to have their work professionally photographed.  Some things to consider when shooting your photos:  LIGHT!!  Make sure there is good light, outside can be a great option for getting enough light.  Clarity, make sure you have the image or the detail of the image in focus.  Background, using a neutral or white background can really help distinguish the colors. 
  4. Make sure to add text to give the photos context related to title, materials used, date, and scale. 
  5. If you have tried multiple times to upload photos and are struggling with the upload requirements, you can also email your images to jason@pittsburghglasscenter.org.