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Rising Young Artist Program

Thank you for your interest in Appel Farm’s Rising Young Artist Scholarship & Tuition Assistance Program. For over 55 years, Appel Farm Arts Camp has brought together a diverse community of young people to learn, grow and explore the arts. Campers, ages 7-17, sleep away for four weeks of their summer in a nurturing creative environment learning about theater, music, dance, visual arts, photography, video, creative writing and more. Young people, who would not otherwise have the resources to participate, are chosen for this opportunity through our Scholarship & Tuition Assistance Program.

If your child is interested in attending Appel Farm through our Scholarship and Tuition Assistance Program, please carefully read the following instructions and complete the steps below.

How to Apply

  • Before applying, please read all of the frequently asked questions below to ensure your child is eligible.
  • Please complete the appropriate application for either a First-Time Camper Application or Return Camper Application by downloading a paper application using the links below.  Applications should be completed in blue or black ink, paper clipped together and returned by mail. Do not staple the pages together.
  • Please select whether you are applying for “Full Scholarship” OR “Tuition Assistance” on the first page of the application. 
  • The parent(s)/legal guardian(s), who is financially responsible for the child, should complete the pages labeled, “To Be Completed by Parent/Guardian” and attach a signed copy of the most recent IRS tax return. (if you have not filed 2016 taxes, please send your 1040 return from 2015.) If you do not file taxes, please include documentation of your income (ex. social security or food stamp allocations, child support payments, etc.)
  • The camper should complete pages labeled, “To Be Completed by Camper” of the application on their own.
  • A teacher, who is familiar with the child, should complete the final page of the application.
  • Mail the original completed application, along with the IRS tax return to the attention of Tracy Power, Camp Director. Please submit only once. Faxed or e-mailed copies are highly discouraged.


Mail: Appel Farm Arts Camp, P.O. Box 888, Elmer, NJ 08318

E-mail:     Fax: 856-358-6513


Full-Scholarship Applications – Deadline: April 1st, 2017

Tuition Assistance Applications – Deadline: 1st day of each month

Applicants applying for tuition assistance can apply at any time. Partial-tuition awards will be determined monthly. Full-scholarship awards are determined in May, so applicants are notified via e-mail the first week of June.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please send all materials together including the 1040 tax forms and teacher recommendation page. Please mail in your original application as opposed to faxing or e-mailing, even if you are mailing the application near the April 1st deadline. You do not need to overnight mail your applications! Applications will be accepted after April 1st as long as they are postmarked the week of.

All applicants will be notified of their awards through E-MAIL.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 856-358-2472, Tracy Power, Camp Director at ext. 121.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my child eligible to be a camper?

Applicants must:

  • be age 7-17 years old and able to attend camp for an entire 4 week session: June 25-July 21, 2017 OR July 23-August 18, 2017 and be accepted for attendance. Scholarship funding is not offered for our 1, 2, 6, or 8-week sessions. Campers are not permitted to arrive late or leave early from camp, for any reason.
  • be physically and mentally capable of participating fully in the camp program. Due to the residential nature of the camp program, parents of campers with special physical, mental or dietary needs should contact Tracy Power, Camp Director, prior to applying to ensure the suitability of the program for their child.

If my child qualifies, will they definitely receive an award?

Not all eligible applicants will receive an award as spaces are limited. The award selection process is very competitive for Full Scholarships, so many applicants do not receive awards each year. Awards vary based on grant funding, so many of our scholarships are specific for campers from certain regions or studying particular areas of the arts. Partial tuition assistance (10%-80% of the tuition) awards are available, unrestricted and provided for families in need. Families who are able to contribute to the tuition costs should apply for Tuition Assistance.

How are applicants chosen?

Scholarships are based on:  1) financial need, 2) potential for growth and development through the Appel Farm experience in comparison to the opportunities afforded the child at home, 3) interest and involvement in one or more of the arts offered as part of the Appel Farm program, 4) background and experience which will broaden the cultural diversity of Appel Farm, 5) space availability and previous attendance at Appel Farm. Priority is given to applicants who are new to Appel Farm or are returning for their second summer. Applicants who have attended Appel Farm for three years or more with a full scholarship are unlikely to receive a full award again and should consider applying for tuition assistance.

Who decides if my child is chosen for an award?

Recommendations for awards are made by a committee that consists of the Camp Directors and members of the Board of Trustees. The committee bases its recommendations on the qualifications and criteria listed above.

When will I find out if my child is chosen for an award?

Applications for Full Scholarships are due no later than April 1st, 2017. You will be notified by June 1st, 2017, via email, if your child has been chosen for an award or not. Due to grant funding that arrives as late as mid-June, some applicants may be placed on a waiting list. When notice of the funding is received, your family will be notified if your child is chosen from the waiting list. Notifications will be sent primarily through emails, so please provide an accurate email and mailing address. If you do not have an email address please specify on the application that you need to be notified via phone.

Applications for Tuition Assistance are accepted on a rolling basis and need to be submitted by the first of the month to be considered during that 30 day cycle. Tuition Assistance funding is limited and awards are made on a first-come first-reviewed basis so it is better to apply as early as you are able to make a commitment to camp. The review and notification process for Tuition Assistance may take up to 30 days.

If chosen for an award, will I have to pay any additional money?

If your child is awarded a Full Scholarship, you will ultimately only be responsible for your child’s canteen money. Canteen money is is spending money for trips and incidentals like sunscreen and stamps. To accept the award, we will ask that you pay $100 deposit to secure your child’s space and commit to the program. Your $100 deposit will be applied to your child’s canteen account prior to the first day of camp. Any money not spent by your child during camp will be refunded at the end of the session.

Is transportation provided to and from camp?

Bus Transportation from West Orange, NJ and New York City to and from camp is provided free of charge for full scholarship recipients and $50 each way for all other campers. We will also pick up any child, free of charge, from the Philadelphia bus and train stations and airport. Once we’ve registered your child you will need to complete several camp forms, including a Transportation Form so you can let us know if your child will need transportation.


Download the 2017 First-Time Camper Application here.

Download the 2017 Return Camper Application here.