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Scholarships at the Barnes

The Barnes offers need-based scholarships for spring and fall courses, including individual short courses as well as semester-long courses. Dedicated seats are held in these classes for scholarship recipients. We accept applications during a window before each semester begins, generally two months between when the classes are first listed on our website and the set deadline for applications. The next application period begins in July 2020.

In addition to individual scholarships, the Barnes awards two Violette de Mazia Scholarships and five Richard J. Wattenmaker Scholarships each year. These scholarships are offered to students interested in completing the two-year Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program. Scholarship recipients must complete the certificate within three years, or the balance of their scholarship will be forfeited. Exceptions to this are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

How to apply:

  • For individual short courses and semester-long courses, applicants will complete the online form, which includes the applicant’s name, contact information, financial information, and a statement of intent.
  • The statement of intent (minimum 200 words) will outline the applicant’s interest in taking a class or completing the certificate program. The statement will be considered in the scholarship determination process.
  • An applicant can list up to three class choices in case the applicant’s first preference cannot be accommodated.

For Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program Scholarships:

The Barnes has received important support to establish the Violette de Mazia Scholarship Program and the Richard J. Wattenmaker Scholarship Fund. We are most grateful to the donors who have made this possible.

Students interested in completing the certificate program can apply for either the two-year Violette de Mazia Scholarship or the two-year Richard J. Wattenmaker Scholarship. In addition to the standard application (when open), those applying to the Violette de Mazia Scholarship or Richard J. Wattenmaker Scholarship for the two-year Barnes-de Mazia Certificate Program are asked to submit a letter of support from a mentor, former teacher, work supervisor, or colleague in the field. Letters of support for certificate scholarships may be submitted separately from the application, but the application will not be reviewed until all materials are received.


  • Receiving a scholarship for one course does not guarantee scholarships for additional courses.
  • Scholarships are not awarded for off-site, summer, and horticulture classes or tours.
  • Only one scholarship will be awarded per person, per semester.
  • Regular attendance is an important part of the learning process. Scholarship recipients are expected to complete all required course work and attend all classes. Failing to do so, or missing two or more classes in a semester-long course, may affect eligibility for future scholarships. Due to the nature of 4–6 week short courses, any absence may affect eligibility for future scholarships.
  • Scholarships cover tuition only. Students are responsible for any class materials.

If you have questions about Barnes classes and scholarships, email us or call 215.278.7300.

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Scholarships to Barnes-de Mazia adult education courses are made possible, in part, by generous support from Betsy Z. and Edward E. Cohen and the Dina Wind Art Foundation.

Non-discrimination Policy
The Barnes Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, citizenship or immigration status, veteran status, disability, age, marital or familial status (including pregnancy), status as a victim of domestic or sexual violence, or genetic information when considering admissions, financial aid, participation in its programs, or employment. The Barnes will not retaliate against a person because he or she complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. For further information about this policy, contact: General Counsel of the Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

The Barnes Foundation is committed to making its educational programs available to individuals with disabilities. If you are interested in enrolling in any educational program held at the Philadelphia campus and you use a mobility device or require accommodation to participate in the program, call 215.278.7300 to discuss how the Barnes can meet your needs.