Larry Baza Scholarship Application Deadline Extended to April 21st 2024

SDUSD High School Seniors: Ready, Set, Go! Larry Baza Scholarship Application Set to Open 3/1/24

The Visual and Performing Arts Foundation (VAPA) for SDUSD is once again pleased to offer two (2) $1,500 tuition scholarships for the second annual funding cycle of the Larry Baza Arts Scholarship, created in memory of VAPA Foundation Co-founder Larry Baza and funded by private donations.

This scholarship assists graduating seniors from the geographical operating area of the San Diego Unified School District. We are seeking individuals who have demonstrated a desire to create art in their communities and will continue to foster a spirit of creativity. For this reason, scholarships will be awarded based on artistic merit and financial need. Applicants should fully complete the application form, provide an explanation of their financial need and transcripts from their high school.

Message from the SDUSD Director of Visual and Performing Arts-

The Larry Baza Scholarship is a community-raised effort to uplift the next generation of creatives as they grow and refine their artistic voice in higher education. Educators- this is a fabulous opportunity for SDUSD High School seniors, thank you all for sharing this call with your students. We are overjoyed to see their responses!

Russ Sperling
SDUSD Director of Visual and Performing Arts

The deadline to apply is extended to April 21th, 2024 at 11:59pm.

Eligibility requirements

Graduating San Diego Unified School District high school or charter school seniors in any art discipline are eligible to apply. Applicants must comply with the requirements below. All applications must include the listed items at the time of submission in order to be reviewed, ranked, and considered for funding.

  • Artist’s narrative – Applicants must provide a brief personal story on how the arts have impacted their life, including a description of their background and focus, explanation of financial need and how the funds will support the artist’s professional practice. If submitting in video, audio, visual format, acceptable file types would be .jpg, .png, .docx, .pdf, mp3, URLS, etc.
  • Artist work samples – Applicants must include three examples of their work. Acceptable file types would be .jpg, .png, .docx, .pdf, mp3, URLS, etc.
  • Letter of support or testimonial – Applicants must provide a written signed statement from an individual or organization familiar with their body of work that can substantiate the artist’s practice, impact in their community, and financial need.
  • High School Transcript– applicant must supply a high school transcript reflecting a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Enrollment in a Post-Secondary Education Institution – student must be planning to enroll/ be enrolled for the Summer/Fall 2023-24 school year (with verification i.e. acceptance letter) in a community college, university, or accredited post-secondary educational institution at the time they are notified as a finalist of the award.

Application Review Criteria

A review panel will adjudicate complete and eligible applications based on the following criteria. Application questions will address these same criteria:

  • Personal impact – demonstrates the artist’s clear and strong personal, artistic, and professional impact that would be achieved with VAPA support.
  • Artist’s merit – describes the artist’s personal story, artistic practice, financial challenges, and long-term aspirations.
  • Financial need – demonstrates the artist’s financial need.

Key Dates

Application Opens: March 1, 2024

Application Deadline: April 21, 2024 11:59PM

Review Period: April 15-April 31, 2024

Finalists Contacted: May 1, 2024

Deadline to Verify Enrollment: May 10, 2024

Winners Announced May 20, 2024

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