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Camp Arena Stage provides a limited number of need-based scholarships each year for the 4-Week Intensive. Both full and partial scholarships are granted.

Application Process

  • 2016 Scholarship Application will be available January 2016.
  • Complete application and attach proof of need.
  • Return all materials to Camp Arena Stage. All materials must be received by March 11, 2016 for review.
  • Applicants will be notified on March 25, 2016.
  • Applicants must accept or decline their scholarship in writing by April 1, 2016.
  • Applicants on the waiting list will be notified of their final status on April 8, 2016.

Our Sponsors

Camp Arena Stage scholarships
are supported by Toni A. Ritzenberg,
the Robert & Natalie Mandel Family Fund
and Friends of Southwest DC.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria


Scholarships are intended for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 15 as of July 1, 2016.


Applicants must reside and attend school in the D.C. Metro area within the Capital Beltway. Preference is given to those applicants who reside in the District of Columbia and attend D.C. Public Schools.


Applicants must be able to attend the full four weeks of camp. No exceptions are made for vacations, summer school or other summer programs. Scholarships are not available for the 2-Week Session.

Parent/Guardian Contribution

  • All applicants are required to contribute a minimum of $100 per camper ($25/week). If your child receives and accepts a scholarship, this amount must be mailed to Camp Arena Stage as a nonrefundable deposit. We have very limited funds. Please ask for only as much assistance as you need, so as many young people as possible can benefit from these scholarships. Full camp tuition is $1,700.
  • Scholarships cover only the regular camp day – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fees for early drop off and extended day care are not covered by the scholarship.

Complete Applications & Deadlines

The Camp Arena Stage scholarship board will only consider complete applications received on or before the deadline.

Proof of Need & Income Guidelines

Applicants must demonstrate financial need in the form of either

An official letter from the applicant’s
school stating he/she qualifies for free or reduced lunch.
A completed 2015 tax return with the applicant listed as a dependent. W-2’s will not be accepted.

A letter explaining extenuating circumstances not represented in documentation (e.g. medical expenses) may be included in addition to one of the above proofs of need.

Camp Arena Stage defines need using the federal income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced lunch. In 2012/2013, these are:

One dependent
combined household income of $20,000 or less annually.
Two dependents
combined household income of $27,000 or less annually.
Three dependents
combined household income of $34,000 or less annually.