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Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers

Funded by a bequest from Berrien Fragos Thorn, creative arts scholarships have been initiated in order to foster and encourage the creative talents of individuals with a history of migration to obtain work in agriculture. Eligible applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing further development of their talents in one of the following disciplines:

  • Visual-painting, sculpture, photography, etc.
  • Performing-dance, theatre, music, etc.
  • Media-film, video, animation, computer graphics, etc.
  • Literary-poetry, short stores, etc.
  • Crafts-traditional folk arts, furniture, weaving, pottery, etc.

There are two options in applying for funding:

Grants under $500.00:

  • No deadline for application—requests will be reviewed case-by-case
  • Complete Sections A and C of this application

Grants up to $2,500.00 awarded semi-annually:

  • Application deadline June 1 and November 1
  • A budget or documentation of expenses must be submitted with the application. Money may be used for workshops, materials, study with a mentor, course enrollment, mileage, lost wages…
  • A portfolio or samples of work are required, i.e. photos, tapes, video, etc.
  • Complete all Sections of this application

Application criteria:

  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • Applicant need not be enrolled in school
  • Because there is no essay required, the Letter of Recommendation is very important and should address the quality of both the applicant and the intended project.
  • A history of movement to obtain work in agriculture is REQUIRED.

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships For Migrant Farmworkers Application

Geneseo Migrant Center