Camp Arena Stage provides a limited number of need-based scholarships each year, including the Tommy Raskin Memorial Scholarship, the Friends of Southwest DC scholarship, and others. Both full and partial scholarships are granted. Scholarships are available for any of the 2-week sessions. All complete applications received by March 17, 2023 will be considered.

Application Process

  1. Complete application and attach proof of need.
  2. Return all materials to Camp Arena Stage. All materials must be received by March 17, 2023 for review.
  3. Applicants will be notified on March 31, 2023.
  4. Applicants must accept or decline their scholarship in writing by April 11, 2023.



Applicants must:
  • Reside and attend school in the D.C.-Metro area within the Capital Beltway. Priority is given to those applicants who reside in the District of Columbia and attend D.C. Public Schools.
  • Be able to attend the full two weeks of the camp session. No exceptions are made for vacations, summer school or other summer programs.
  • Return their complete application by the deadline. Only complete applications are considered.
Parent/Guardian Contribution:
  • All applicants are required to contribute a minimum of $100 per camper. Full camp tuition is $950. Please ask for only what you need. You may be asked to contribute more. Our funds are very limited.
  • Payment plans can be arranged for the parent contribution.
  • If your child receives and accepts a scholarship, your contribution must be paid to Camp Arena Stage as a nonrefundable deposit.
  • Scholarships cover only the regular camp day, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Fees for extended day care are not covered by the scholarship.
Complete Applications and Deadlines

The Camp Arena Stage scholarship board will only consider complete applications received on or before the March 17, 2023 deadline.

Materials may be emailed to or mailed to:
Camp Arena Stage
1101 6th Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20024 

Proof of Need and Income Guidelines

Applicants must demonstrate financial need. To demonstrate need, choose one of the following options to include with the scholarship application:

  • An official letter from the applicant’s school stating they qualify for free or reduced lunch.
  • A completed 2021 or 2022 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 or recent unemployment) 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 2021/22, these are:

One Dependent - combined household income of $23,828 or less annually.
Two Dependents - combined household income of $32,227 or less annually.
Three Dependents - combined household income of $40,626 or less annually.

Those whose combined household income exceeds this amount may still apply for scholarships.

Note: If your proof of need is determined to be fraudulent or misleading, your child will not be eligible for financial aid at Camp Arena Stage now or in the future.

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