Photo of young boy and teacher with violinIn an effort to provide access to high-quality, unique arts education experiences, the Patel Conservatory provides in excess of $250,000 in scholarships each year to students and families whose ability to attend might otherwise be limited.

Scholarships are awarded by the Scholarship Committee and typically cover a percentage of tuition. Registration and recital fees are not included. Please note that scholarships are generally not awarded for private lessons, Suzuki, On-Camera Acting, adult classes, fall/spring productions, or recital fees.

To apply for a scholarship, visit FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment to complete an application and pay the $30 application fee (once per year). Once an online application has been completed, the following documents will need to be submitted to FACTS to complete the application process:
•  Copies of your most recent Federal tax forms including all supporting tax schedules.
•  Copies of your most recent W-2 forms for both you and your spouse.
•  Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and TANF.
Documents must be submitted by the deadline for priority consideration.

Financial Aid application deadlines for 2017-2018:
Fall Semester – July 22, 2017

The Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, political beliefs, national origin or disability

Patel Conservatory Financial Aid Privacy Policy
The Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. For purposes of determining financial aid eligibility and processing registrations, the Patel Conservatory may request personal information that could reasonably be used to identify you, including, but not limited to, your name, address, email address, birth date, financial account information and credit card information. Such information will be utilized only for the purpose stated. To accomplish such purpose, the Patel Conservatory may disclose the information to its employees, consultants and agents who have a legitimate need to know the information. Access to such information is restricted only to those users and is password protected.
The Patel Conservatory does not collect social security numbers and full social security numbers are not visible to Patel Conservatory staff through the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment application. Any credit card information that is collected is immediately destroyed or encrypted once payment has been processed. We do not sell, rent or trade personal information for commercial purposes. We will not share your personal information with any third party without your written request to do so, unless required by law (i.e. by subpoena or court order).
The Patel Conservatory site may contain links to other independently run Web sites that are not controlled by the Patel Conservatory or the Straz Center and are not covered by this privacy policy. The Patel Conservatory is not responsible for the privacy practices, security or content of such Web sites.

For more information regarding our privacy practices, please email

By choosing to provide us with your personal information, you are consenting to these terms and conditions.

Scholarships are funded in part by the Bailey Family Foundation Scholarship Fund, Broadway Ball Stars, Mrs. Ellie Fishman and The Fishman Family Foundation, Patricia H. Linton Scholarship Fund, Herbert G. McKay Emerging Artists Fund, Ed and Linda Oelschlaeger Scholarship Fund, Franci Goldman Rudolph Scholarship Fund, James & Amy Shimberg Scholarship Fund, Gasparilla Music Festival, GTE Financial and Frank & K.K. Cooper.

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