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Students are never turned away from any SPARC program because of the inability to afford tuition. Each year, over 100 students are awarded scholarships on the basis of need, totaling over $40,000 in tuition support.

Scholarship Updates & Instructions

We have made recent changes to the scholarship (formerly referred to as financial aid) application process. Please read these updates carefully. It’s our hope that these new guidelines will create a process that is easier to navigate for all our families. If you have questions about these changes or about the scholarship application process, please contact our office at sparc@sparcrichmond.org, or call us at 804.353.3393 ext. 221.

As of Fall 2021, families only need to apply for a scholarship once per year. You are no longer required to reapply for scholarships with each new registration. This means that if you apply for a scholarship for Fall 2021 classes, you won’t need to reapply again for Winter 2022 classes or Summer 2022 camps. There is a limit of one scholarship credit per student per session.

Scholarships applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  To be considered for winter classes, be sure to submit your application by January 11, 2022.  New applications submitted after January 11, 2022 will be considered for spring and summer programs. 


1. Before you complete and submit your scholarship application, please contact our office. We will hold a spot for your student in their preferred class while you work on your scholarship application. We encourage families to contact us as soon as possible to express interest in programming so that we can do our best to hold a spot for your student(s) in their preferred class.

2. Use this new online form to complete and submit your scholarship request. 

3. After you submit your application, we will contact you by email no later than January 18, 2022 to confirm your award level. Scholarship awards range from approximately 25% to 95%.  Additional information about the scholarship award process is included in the online application.

4. When we send your award amount, we will also provide you with the information you’ll need to enroll your student(s) in class and apply your scholarship award to discount the cost accordingly.

Are you a teenager who needs to cover class costs on your own? If so, please call or email us to discuss how we can help you to address class payments. We look forward to talking with you!

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Email us at sparc@sparcrichmond.org or call 804.353.3393.