Frequently Asked Questions
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 an annual competition for high school students seeking funding to attend summer intensive arts programs. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent, dedication and a strong commitment to personal artistic growth. 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:
Literary Arts, Media Arts (Film, Photography, Animation and Anime, Computer Graphics), Performing Arts (Dance, Theater, Singing, Instrumental) and the Visual Arts & Design.
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?
All applications must be submitted via the Foundation's online submission process. The application period runs from October/November through January each year.
What does the applicant need to provide?
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 within the time period specified on the communication, the application will be withdrawn. The applicant must keep the Anthony Quinn Foundation informed of any changes to their personal email address. Please note: If you use your school email address, our confirmation email may end up in your spam folder. Please make sure to add the Anthony Quinn Foundation to your "safe senders" list.
Nominator: The applicant must select a nominator, a person who proposes the applicant as a candidate for the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship. The nominator states in their letter of nomination (100 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, and 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.
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.
Parent/Guardian Form: The applicant must provide us with the name and email address of your parent or guardian, if you are less than 18 years of age.
Artistic Statement: The applicant must provide an artistic statement that 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).
Sample of your work:
Literary Arts: The applicant must submit up to three PDF writing samples limited to one page each that characterizes the applicant's work.
Media Arts (Film, Photography, Animation and Anime, Computer Graphics): The applicant must submit between eight and twelve JPEG images or up to three YouTube video samples, no longer than three minutes each that characterize the applicant's work. Please submit for images: title; media, size of work; For YouTube video samples: title, author, the character you are portraying, if applicable.
Performing Arts (Dance, Theater, Singing and Instrumental): The applicant must submit up to three YouTube video samples no longer than three minutes each that characterize the applicant's work. Please submit the title; choreographer, author, composer; the character you are portraying, if applicable. Please note: Audi-only submissions will not be considered.
Visual Arts & Design: The applicant must submit between eight and twelve JPEG images that characterize the applicant's work, each one must be labeled with: title; media; size; and date it was completed.
What are the Foundation's Anti-Discrimination Clause and Behavioral Standards?
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.
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. The Anthony Quinn Foundation awards a maximum of $2,500. Based on the requested amount and the overall cost of the program, the Anthony Quinn Foundation may award full the amount requested or partial funding.
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 a maximum of $2,500. Partial funding from another sources is encouraged. Based on the requested amount and the overall cost of the recognized pre-college or intensive summer 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 Laura Browne: email@example.com
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.
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. Scholarship funds are awarded based on the program that the applicant indicated on the application. Changing the program could affect the outcome of your application.
What if I don’t get accepted to the program I selected?
If the applicant is chosen as a finalist, the Anthony Quinn Foundation will contact the applicant and ask for confirmation of the program they wish to attend. Scholarship funds are awarded based on the program that the applicant indicated on the application. Changing the program could affect the outcome of your application.
Can I apply to a program that I have already attended?
No. Furthermore, the nominator and/or the recommender may not be the instructor or be the recipient of the Anthony Quinn Foundation scholarship funds.
Can the scholarship funds be used for private instruction?
No. Private instruction as a program is not allowed.
What if I have already been attending a program and wish the scholarship funds to go towards retroactive payments? Can I do this?
No. The Anthony Quinn Foundation does not provide scholarship monies retroactively for a program that the applicant has already been attending.
Can the funds be used for travel expenses?
Can I use the scholarship funds for secondary education (high school) or for college tuition?
When will the applicants be notified of their status?
The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program will begin notifying students about their status on April 10th.
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.
I am a past recipient. May I reapply again for the Anthony Quinn Foundation scholarship?
No. Past Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply again.
What did the applicant pools look like in past years?
Over the past 8 years, The Anthony Quinn Foundation has received over 1,700 applications. We have awarded 93 scholarships representing 24 states, including an international recipient from Moscow, Russia. Recipients have attended programs in 26 states and 5 countries: England, Ireland, Germany, Italy and India. Among our recipients there have been National Merit Scholars, Scholastic Art and Writing Award Recipients, a Davison Fellow and a Mars Medical Challenge winner (sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation and NASA).