+What is the Scholarship Value?
• $5,000 per award
+How many awards will be bestowed in a fiscal year?
• The maximum amount within one fiscal year is 21 scholarships awarded to eligible candidates.
• Seven for Careers in TV & Radio, seven for TechWorks and seven for VideoWorks.
+What is the source of scholarship funding?
• The Sheffield Institute for The Recording Arts will award up to but not more than 21 scholarships with each scholarship being worth $5,000 to eligible candidates.
+What criteria must a student meet to be eligible for the scholarship?
• Eligible candidates must be a high school graduate from a Maryland high school.
• Candidates must have a personal interest in a Sheffield Institute program and be able to illustrate this interest by extra curricular activities or membership in a group or club. Examples would be a graduate who belonged to the high school’s AV club, a band member, or a student who participated in a multimedia curriculum program.
• Applicants must complete an application and submit in writing how a SIRA program will benefit their career plans noting specifically how the training will prepare them for their field of interest.
• Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or higher during their senior year of high school.
• Applicants must have achieved an 80% or higher attendance rating during their senior year of high school.
• Candidates must have reliable transportation to and from class.
• Candidates must be able to secure the remaining costs of the program.
• Applicants must meet all established criteria.
• Applicants must complete an application and submit in writing how a SIRA program will benefit their career plans noting specifically how the training will prepare them for their field of interest. A letter of recommendation from one of their teachers must also be included.
• SIRA’s scholarship committee will review all applications and letters of interest to determine if the programs offered will benefit the candidates.
• Applicants will be interviewed to further determine if the programs offered will be beneficial and to discern the level of commitment of the applicants to acquire employment in the field of interest.
• All Applications and interviews must be done one month prior to class start.
• Final selection is determined by the SIRA scholarship committee. Candidates must be deemed committed and dedicated to successfully completing a SIRA program. If all criteria is satisfied and as long as the scholarships have not been depleted, a scholarship award will be granted.
The SIRA Scholarship Committee will consist of the following individuals:
SIRA President, SIRA Director of Administration, Admission Representatives, one working professional from each of the industries represented by our three programs.
All applications must be received no later then tow months prior to class start.
Each scholarship is valid for one year. Every effort to offer the awardees their semester of choice will be given; however, if there is not an available seat in the requested semester, the awardees must choose a different semester where there is an opening.