Financial Aid & Sponsor a Student

Because EVERY child should have access to a high quality arts education.

Seeing theatre, and participating in theatre-making empowers us to be bolder, wiser, and more compassionate on stage and in life. American Stage Education & Outreach provides Theatre for Young Audiences, and Educational Theatre experiences for youth. Our productions, classes, and camps for young people set them on a path of intellectual, creative, and socio-emotional growth.

Our SPONSOR-A-STUDENT program provides financial support for young people to experience theatre and playmaking across our programs. At little to no cost, children and teens have the opportunity to attend Summer Programs, Classes at American Stage during the school year, participate in our Write On! playwriting and drama club programs at their school, or see a professional production via our School Tour or our Student Matinee Series.


Para más información sobre la solicitud de ayuda financiera en Español, por favor envíanos un email a o llamanos al (727) 823-1600, extensión 212.

Did You Know?

  • 20% of all classroom space is reserved for financial aid families.
  • In 2019, American Stage awarded over 250 scholarships to students in our community for our summer programs.
  • American Stage Education partners with 8 local schools and 3 community organizations, providing drama and playwriting programs to under-served students, as well as neurodiverse participants throughout the year.
  • American Stage Education serves over 21,000 youths and adults in our community each year.


Financial Aid – Know Before You Apply

Applying for Sponsor A Student is easy!

  • The deadline to apply for financial aid for Fall 2021 Classes is Wednesday, Sept 8th..
  • After completing an online application, you will receive an email confirming receipt.
  • You will hear from us (via the email you provided on your application) to confirm if you have received a Sponsor A Student financial aid package. This email will also include next steps on enrolling and preparing for the session.

Important Reminders:

Every Sponsor A Student application requires support materials be uploaded or mailed. Applications cannot be processed until we receive both support materials. Required support materials are:

1. Send in One of Following Options:
Statement of Interest: A brief (1/2 – 1 page) letter or video (30-60 seconds) from your student answering the following questions:
– Why do you want to attend the program?
– What do you hope to gain or learn through our programs?
– What do you think you can bring or give to this program?
– A sample of the student’s artistic work (a piece of writing, poetry, drawing, video of a performance, a song they like to sing, a joke they enjoy telling, etc.). Photos and scans of original documents are great. Please note that the artistic piece can be a work in progress and does not need to be polished. Our main goal is to the see the student exercising their creative expression.
– A letter/statement of recommendation from the student’s teacher about why they see them an excellent fit for this program.

2. Select one of the following to prove your annual income (Please blur or black out your social security number before including):
– Your most recent household tax returns (2019 or 2020)
-4 Pay Stubs
-Letter from your employer
-Disability Insurance
-Unemployment Documentation


Tips for a great application:

  • Be specific. We want to get to know you and your student! The more information you provide, the better! When describing your family’s need in the application, provide as many details as possible (Why are you applying for financial aid, what is your current financial situation, etc.), so that we can award aid accordingly.
  • Be prompt. Be sure to submit your application on time! Late applications will likely not be processed.
  • Be precise. Be sure to complete each section of the application as accurately as possible. 


Financial Aid Application for Summer 2021!


Sponsor-A-Student and make dramatic difference in a child’s life with a tax-deductible donation!

$5000 – Applies to School Tour, providing 5 weeks of full time pay for 4 professional actors who travel to elementary schools across Pinellas, Hillsborough , and beyond with full set and costumes in tow to perform beloved titles from classic children’s literature, like Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and more!  This program sparks the imaginations of up to 20K students each fall semester, the largest audience of any American Stage production.
$2500 – Applies to programs like School Tour, and/or sponsorship for a Student Matinee to fill our mainstage theatre with middle or high school students on a field trip to see a production and chat with the cast and crew.
$1000 – Allows for students to actively participate in creating and performing theatre, either by employing a Teaching Artist to lead a Write On! Drama Club or Playwriting Outreach Program in a school, or by providing financial aid for a young person to participate in on-site classes or our summer camp!
$500 – Provides financial aid for programs like our 3-week Summer Musical Theatre Performance session, in which students rehearse with professional teaching artists and directors to perform a one act musical.
$250 – Provides financial aid for programs like our 1-week Summer Camp sessions in acting, playwriting, voice, and more.
$100 – Applies toward Sponsor-A-Student as partial financial aid for a summer program or an on-site class during the school year. Partial financial aid is the most common request from families in need.

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