Students applying to one of our residential programs may also apply for a partial scholarship toward the cost of the program’s tuition. Scholarships are limited, need based, and awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.
Donors are needed for our scholarship funds. We would love to talk to your organization about becoming a scholarship donor. Click here to schedule an appointment to speak to Dr. Houston to learn more about becoming a donor.
To apply for a scholarship, parents should indicate their interest in applying for a scholarship on the program application form. A new section will open asking questions about your family’s financial needs. In addition to information from your most recent tax documentation, the form requires students to submit an essay, portfolio, or video that will be reviewed by our scholarship committee according to the following guidelines.
SUMMER GIFTED STUDIES APPLICANTS
Students applying for scholarships to the Summer Gifted Studies program have two options for their scholarship entry:
1. Students may choose to write an essay of a MINIMUM of 500 words answering the questions, “What do you expect to gain by participating in a summer program? AND What needs can the Karnes Center programs help you meet?” Please have your child prepare their essay so that it may be entered into the scholarship application when you receive the link to it.
2. Students may prepare a portfolio in the form of a slide show (PPT), or video presentation that includes images and an explanation of a MINIMUM of 5 intellectual or creative achievements that they believe demonstrate their potential for success. NO MORE than 10 items may be included. The student may include tests, assessments, projects, papers, competitions, or other creative works they worked diligently toward. The explanation of these items does not have to show that the student won or scored the highest, but the student should be able to explain their level of engagement or excitement about each item and how they grew from participating, or how they wish they had grown more. All work must be completed by the student and parents must sign indicating that they did not provide help beyond what is reasonable for uploading the portfolio.
LEADERSHIP STUDIES APPLICANTS
Students applying for a scholarship to the Leadership Studies Program have two options for their scholarship entry:
1. Students may write an essay of a MINIMUM of 500 words answering the questions, “What do you expect to gain by participating in a summer program? AND What needs can the Karnes Center programs help you meet?” Please have your child prepare their essay so that it may be entered into the scholarship application when you receive the link to it.
2. Students my create a video presentation that highlights an area of their school, community, faith-based organization, or other area that they have a desire to improve with the information they will learn during the Leadership Studies Program. The video may include an introduction to an adult that will agree to support the student in their proposed project. The student does NOT have to have begun a project yet but should showcase the needs they want to address after attending the program. The video should be no longer than 3 minutes in length. While students may need minimal assistance for filming, that assistance cannot be of a professional nature – all projects must be created by the student. Parents will be asked to attest to the fact that the work was produced by the student.
Students applying for scholarships to the SPATY program have two options for completing their scholarship entry:
- Students must write an essay of a MINIMUM of 1000 words answering the questions, “What do you expect to gain by participating in a summer program? AND What academic or artistic goals can the Karnes Center programs help you attain?” Please have your child prepare their essay so that it may be entered into the application.
- Students may prepare a video presentation answering the same questions. The video should show skill or ability in the academic or artistic area the student intends to pursue. It should not be a video of the student reading their essay but should approach the questions in a creative way.