Scholarships and Grants
The Waldorf School of Philadelphia strives to make Waldorf education accessible to families through a combined strategy of competitive tuition rates, generous financial aid awards, scholarships and grants.
- Community Scholarship Program for new students who are entering grades 4 through 8.
- Good Neighbors Summer Camp Scholarship for non-affiliated local families who would like to join our summer camps.
- The Lewis Smith Orchestra Grant for enrolled students who play in our string orchestra, grades 4 through 8.
- The Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia
- Financial Aid Program
Community Scholarship Program
The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is strongly committed to a student body that reflects the ethnic, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity of our city. Prospective students who are entering grades 4 through 8 and who reside in Germantown or neighboring community may apply.
The Community Scholarship Program offers awards of up to $5,000 each year towards the cost of annual tuition. The Community Scholarship Program is extended each year through graduation assuming recipients continue to thrive at our school and demonstrate the qualities for which the grant is given.
Community Scholarship Program Candidate Families
Waldorf education can only achieve its fullest potential with the active involvement of each student's family. The ideal candidate family will -
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to and understanding of Waldorf education, including our school's media guidelines and policies
- Demonstrate an active interest in participating in their child’s school life
- Attend class meetings, parent conferences, and parent education events
- Reside in Germantown or a neighboring community
Community Scholarship Program Candidate Students
Prospective students who are entering grades 4 through 8 will demonstrate:
- Academic potential
- Positive social skills
- A keen interest in the arts
- An openness to new ideas and experiences
Community Scholarship Program Application Guidelines
Applicants must complete the grade school admissions process, submit a need-based financial aid application via SSS, and complete the Community Scholarship Program Application Form.
The Children’s Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia
The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is a proud partner of the Children's Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia which provides opportunities for tuition scholarships for Philadelphia residents with children attending K through 8th grade. Learn more about CSFP and the application process.
Financial Aid Program
The Waldorf School of Philadelphia considers financial aid applications for all students who are 5 years by June 1st. The financial aid application window is from October through January and the deadline for applications is January 7th, 2022. Families are advised of financial aid awards on or about February 1st. Learn more about our financial aid program.
Good Neighbors Summer Camp Scholarship
The Good Neighbors Summer Camp Scholarship is our way of giving back to families in our immediate neighborhood. Grants of up to 75% of the cost of summer camp are available for our early childhood summer:garten program for non-Waldorf affiliated families, subject to space, and the availability of funds.
- Does your family live in our school's immediate neighborhood, PA 19144?
- Is your child 3 years old by June 1st and bathroom independent?
- Does your household income fall within the 2021-2022 Income Scale?
If the answer to these three questions is yes, then your family is eligible to apply for a Good Neighbors Summer Camp Scholarship.
Applications are considered on a first-come-first-served basis and we offer one child per family up to two-weeks of camp for up to 75% of the cost of camp. All of our campers are expected to attend full days of camp and actively participate in the life of the camp. To apply, follow the instructions on the Summer:Garten page of our website.
The Lewis Smith Orchestra Grant
Playing a stringed instrument is a skill built over time through perseverance, patience, and practice. Commencing in 4th grade and continuing through to graduation in 8th grade, all Waldorf students are required to take private string instrument lessons. This requirement ensures students are prepared for and able to keep pace with our instrumental music curriculum and fully engage with and contribute to our various orchestra ensembles.
The Lewis Smith Orchestra Grant supports students entering grades 4 through 8 with a range of awards up to $500 per year to support the cost of private string lessons and/or $250 per year to support the cost of instrument rental. The Lewis Smith Orchestra Grant is to be extended each year through graduation assuming the student continues to thrive at our school, continues to demonstrate the qualities for which the grant is given, and assumes the availability of funds.
The Lewis Smith Orchestra Grant Candidate Students
- All students entering grades 4 through 8 are eligible to apply
- To qualify, applicants must be recipients of financial aid through our school's financial aid program, or recipients of a CSFP scholarship
- Grants will be extended each year through graduation assuming the student continues to thrive at our school, demonstrates the qualities for which the grant is given, and assuming the availability of funds
The Lewis Smith Orchestra Grant Application Guidelines
- Submit your Lewis Smith Orchestra Grant Application Form no later than November 1st, 2020. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR 2021-2022 IS NOT YET OPEN. CHECK BACK.
- Applications should be sent to Olena Shumska, Development Associate, The Waldorf School of Philadelphia, 6000 Wayne Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Each application will be considered in the order received until grant funding has been exhausted.
"My heart is warmed to receive a Lewis Smith Orchestra Grant. I personally knew Lewis and his love for life and music. How wonderful to have his spirit live on by supporting students and nurturing their own love of music. One of the many reasons we chose Waldorf education was because of its vibrant stringed instrument program and its commitment to teaching children about the value of music. At the same time, the outside lessons and rental of instrument are a financial burden for those of us who struggle to afford even subsidized tuition. This grant helps ease the burden and as a result, makes our Waldorf experience whole. Thank you for this grant and for nurturing in our family love and appreciation for music." - Waldorf Parent and Lewis Smith Orchestra Grant Recipient
"The Waldorf School of Philadelphia's music curriculum is an intentional approach not only to a child's music education but the evolution of the student as a human being. The Lewis Smith Orchestra Grant allows our family to make this essential aspect of our daughter's Waldorf education possible by enabling her to receive a level of instruction she needs to guide her abilities as they grow and to inspire her desire to achieve." - Waldorf Parent and Lewis Smith Orchestra Grant Recipient
About Lewis Smith
Lewis Smith was a devoted parent and a great friend to the Waldorf School of Philadelphia. Lewis believed in the strength of the Waldorf curriculum and the philosophy and ideas of Rudolf Steiner. Among many things, Lewis served on the Board of Trustees and was a very active member of the school's fundraising committee. Along with others, his vision for our school helped to create the thriving and growing community that it has become today.