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Teen Photography Program Scholarship Application

2016-2017 School Year

 

Applications: Please submit the following:

  1. this form
  2. current school transcript
  3. essay questions
  4. any existing photography work or portfolio
  5. two letters of recommendation from a teacher and your guidance counselor
  6. a parent statement of commitment (This should be a paragraph written and signed by a parent or guardian stating that they are committed to helping you maintain perfect participation and attendance in the program, and will not plan appointments, trips, or other events that will conflict with your class participation.)

 

Fill out the application below or PRINT A PDF and mail to: NYC SALT 214 W. 29th Street, Suite 1401, NY, NY 10001

or email a scanned copy to applications@nycsalt.org

Please scan and email all your supporting material to applications@nycsalt.org or upload below

 

Applications will not be considered if they are incomplete or do not include supporting material.
For more information contact Stephanie Baer, Program Coordinator: applications@nycsalt.org or 917-929-0325

Application Deadline: May 31, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Applicants will be informed of their application status by June 28, 2016.

 

Important Dates

Tuesday – Thursday, June 7 through June 9, 2016 (4:00-8:00 pm):

Qualifying students participate in 30-minute professional interview session and must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or sponsor. The interview will take place at: 214 West 29th Street Suite 1401, between 7/8th Ave.

 

Program Description

Students complete a 35-week college-level, pre-professional immersion in digital photography and

storytelling. The studio program is free of charge for students who qualify. We offer a one-year scholarship to the NYC SALT photography program with a value of $7000 for youth ages 14-19 in high school who qualify for free or reduced price lunch in public schools to attend our photography program. Qualification is verified with each student’s school.

If you are not sure if you qualify or if you have special circumstances, please speak to us about determining your eligibility.

 

The focus of our program is to provide our students with photography and digital media classes taught by professionals working in the creative industry in NYC. We not only give instruction on the craft of photography, but also on the business of how to make a living with photography. Students are taught how to use Digital SLR cameras and Adobe software, as well as familiarized with equipment in a photography studio. We take field trips to creative industry companies to learn about career paths, and we will do Saturday fieldtrips once a month to cool places for photo shoots. During the summer, students are encouraged and helped to identify precollege and enrichment opportunities to further their interests. In addition, we include a college prep program that will help students study for the ACT and support them with college selection, applications and financial aid. We engage college guidance counselor, ACT teacher, tutors and other special guests to assist our students in getting ready for college. Furthermore, we will take multiple college visit trips in and out of state to a variety of schools to offer our students a greater understanding of what college life is about.

*There is no prerequisite for this course.

 

Financial Information:

Upon acceptance to the program, students’ schools will be contacted to confirm their eligibility for freeor reduced price lunch. If the school is unable to confirm your eligibility, we have a couple otheroptions for qualifying:

 

  1. Provide documentation that your family is receiving SNAP, FDPIR, or TANF benefits.
  2. Submit the names and ages of your household members, your family’s gross income for 2015,and the signature of an adult family member.

 

If we are not able to confirm your eligibility with your school and you are not able to provide any of the above documentation, we are willing to consider petitions for exceptions in special circumstances. Please speak with us if this applies to you.

 

Eligibility

The Residency Program is an intensive and challenging program requiring an exceptionally high level of commitment from all participants.

 

The class meets on Thursdays from 4:00pm to 7:00pm from the beginning of September to mid-June, with a mandatory lab class every Tuesday from 4-6pm and Saturday field trips once a month throughout the year. A schedule will be given to students and families at orientation at the beginning of the year.

 

The class meets with breaks corresponding to the school calendar. The program’s total time commitment is a minimum of six-eight hours per week. This includes Thursday’s class, lab hours on Tuesdays, monthly Saturday field trips as well as additional special events (e.g. ACT prep once a week, fall retreat, college visit during spring break). We expect all students to meet this requirement with integrity and commitment. An attendance policy is strictly enforced. After three unexcused

absences, the student will lose his/her spot in the class.

 

Do not apply to this program if you are bound to any prior clubs or programs for the school year. Your success in this program correlates to the amount of time and energy you put into the work you do with us. Perfect attendance is mandatory. The value of your experience depends on maintaining great dedication to our program and your fellow NYC SALT photographers.

 

During lab classes, students will be taught how to use Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Photo Mechanic and be assigned a photo editor to work with them throughout the year. Students will be given weekly assignments and be responsible to upload their work to a class folder for critique in class each week. At the end of the year, all students are expected to contribute to planning a gallery show of their work for the community.

 

*Students applying must have a grade point average of a “C” or above to be eligible for the program. Please submit a school transcript, 2 letters of recommendation and a parent commitment letter along with your application.

STUDENT APPLICATION: Please fill out all the form fields. If you cannot fill in a field under social media please type an 'x' .

Please upload your transcript, letters of recommendation and parent statement separately below or you can email  them to applications@nycsalt.org. Forms can also be mailed to NYC SALT 214 W. 29th Street, Suite 1401, NY, NY 10001.

 

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PART ONE: STUDENT CONTACT INFORMATION

 

PART THREE: STUDENT ESSAY

To provide us with a better understanding of your photography experience and interest in the class, please type your detailed answers to the following questions on a separate piece of paper:

Please write a one-page essay about why you are interested in photography and what you like best

about it. If you are reapplying, please write a one-page essay about what you have accomplished and learned during your time with the photography program.

Why would you like to be a part of our program?

What do you hope to accomplish? What will you bring to the class to help build it into a strong community of students?

PART TWO: SOCIAL MEDIA

Part of our curriculum focuses on social media platforms to publish your photography work. We would like to see how you are currently using social media to express yourself! Please list links to the accounts listed below and any not listed that you feel comfortable sharing with us:

Do you want to go to college? If so where and what

are you interested in studying? Do you desire to

create a portfolio to use for college applications?

If so, please list them and what day of the week is committed to each activity.

If so, please describe the skills you learned, what classes you’ve taken and how many sessions.

PLEASE UPLOAD FORMS HERE:

Please fill out all the form fields.

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Please email your transcript, letters of recommendation and parent statement to applications@nycsalt.org.

Forms can also be mailed to NYC SALT
214 W. 29th Street, Suite 1401, NY, NY 10001.

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