Creative Scholars Program

Tyler's new Creative Scholars Program, launched in Fall 2021, is a year-long full scholarship pre-college art program which is offered ten weeks in the fall semester and ten weeks in the spring semester on Saturdays. This program is open exclusively to students from public and charter high schools in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) who face financial challenges. The instruction is developed for talented 10th, 11th and 12th grade students who are interested in developing their artistic skills and seek a future in the arts.

Students have the opportunity to study with Tyler faculty members in the school’s state-of-the-art facilities, which house studios for painting, drawing, sculpture, digital arts, graphic design, printmaking, photography, fiber arts, glass, and ceramics. The curriculum will provide in-depth learning experiences that will enable students to advance their work and include extensive portfolio preparation that will prepare students to apply to top art schools.

Students will use professional art tools as well as digital creative applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, AfterEffects and more. All materials and media required for the courses are provided to the students. The Creative Scholars Program will also offer college literacy workshops to support students’ success in the college admissions process and as a college student.

Tyler's Creative Scholars Program is made possible through a generous grant from the Jacques & Natasha Gelman Foundation, whose mission is to provide support for emerging visual artists and the arts.

How to Participate

We invite teachers and guidance counselors in Philadelphia School District Public & Charter High Schools to nominate their talented and motivated students to be awarded a full scholarship to the Creative Scholars Program. Individuals may nominate up to two students by completing our online nomination form, linked below.

Nominators will submit a brief statement of support for the student, a letter of interest from the student, and three student work samples. All materials will be submitted though our website. The deadline for nominations is September 20, 2021. Space is limited, so please do not delay! 


Click to submit your nomination


COVID-19 Safety
Creative Scholars Program classes will be held in-person. All participants will follow Temple's health and safety requirement that all members of the campus community wear masks indoors and in enclosed spaces. Temple’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be informed by guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the city of Philadelphia.


Saturdays: October 2 - December 11, 2021 
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
*No class on Saturday, November 27


Saturdays: February 5 - April 16, 2022 
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
*No class on Saturday, March 5

Full-Scholarship Program: Philadelphia School District Public or Charter High School teachers and guidance counselors are invited to nominate students for Creative Scholars 2021.

Deadline for Nomination: September 20, 2021

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