LEAVE NO CHILD BEHIND:
The Open Space Scholarship Fund
When Open Space Studio first opened in 2010, it did so on the founding principle that a student’s love for dance or any expression of passion should never be dependent on their socioeconomic or financial status. So we take pride in making instruction available to young people drawn to the art of dance through our in-house scholarship program. To that effect, Miss Nicole has awarded scholarships for roughly 15 to 20 percent of our total student enrollment every year for the past decade.
Scholarships at Open Space Studio are need-based and awarded by studio management to students who have proven to show a commitment to dance practice. Since the majority of the fund comes directly from the studio, we have the ability to facilitate these scholarship awards in a variety of means. For some students, the award manifests through comped or discounted tuition, while for others we may cover fees to third-party vendors for things such as costumes or competition entry fees, or even something as simple as offering a family we know is struggling at the time a 4-pack of recital tickets.
The studio funds the majority of the scholarship program directly out of it's profits . This has not always been an easy task for a small business to manage, but somehow Miss Nicole has made it work.
More importantly, we could not make this program a success without the generous private donations that we have received from our families and local community. These combined with our famous decade-old tradition of the Fifty/Fifty Raffle held at the Annual Recital each year helps to carry the fund over the finish line each year--just in time to start the process all over again for the incoming fall session!
We know that everyone is experiencing difficult financial strains due to the pandemic, but if you are able and would like to donate to our scholarship fund, please know that you are helping to fulfill a dream for a student who otherwise may not get the opportunity...
If you are interested in donating to our scholarship fund, please send check or money order to;
Open Space Studio
Attn: Nicole Purtell-Hill
19R Court St.
Plymouth, MA 02360