As of March 16, Camp Arena Stage will only accept scholarship applications via email ( If access to technology is not possible, call 202-600-4064 to arrange an alternative. Applications cannot be dropped off in person. No US Mail, Fed Ex, Priority Mail, couriers, etc.

Scholarship deadline extended to March 25. Please contact us with questions via email.

Application Process
  • 2020 Scholarship Application
  • Complete application and attach proof of need.
  • Return all materials to Camp Arena Stage. All materials must be received by March 18, 2020 for review.
  • Applicants will be notified on March 30, 2020.
  • Applicants must accept or decline their scholarship in writing by April 13, 2020.
 Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

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.
  • 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.
  • Return their complete application by the deadline. Only complete applications are considered.

Parent Contribution:

  • All applicants are required to contribute a minimum of $100 per camper. Full camp tuition is $1,700. Please ask for only what you need. You may be asked to contribute more. Our funds are very limited.
  • 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 early drop off and 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 deadline.

Proof of Need and 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 2019 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.
  • 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 and in the future.

Camp Arena Stage defines need using the federal income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced lunch. In 2019/20, these are:

One Dependent - combined household income of $21,978 or less annually.

Two Dependents - combined household income of $29,637 or less annually.

Three Dependents - combined household income of $37,296 or less annually.

Important Information

DeadlineMarch 19, 2020

Scholarship Application Download (PDF)

Our SponsorsCamp Arena Stage scholarships are supported by Friends of Southwest DC.