About The Jim Hamilton Scholarship Fund

“We had an amazing group of students last year,” said Shad Festival scholarship co-chairs Jane Wesby and Amy Coss. “The selection process was highly competitive. We were deeply inspired by the six students we interviewed. We strongly encourage all eligible students to apply this year. The community works hard to earn this money, and it is a delight to help fund the next generation of artists.”

Scholarship Requirements

The scholarship is open to any graduating high school senior, age 20 or under, pursuing a degree in the fine or performing arts. Applicants must reside in Lambertville, Milford, Stockton or Frenchtown, New Jersey or New Hope, Centre Bridge, Lumberville, Point Pleasant, Upper Black Eddy or Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. Students can be matriculating at a public or private institution.

Funding The Scholarship

The Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship is funded through the combined efforts of local businesses who support the auction, our generous community of artists who donate their art for this cause, the patrons who fund the scholarship through their purchase of the art and the hundreds of volunteers who make the whole thing happen. The Scholarship has awarded over half a million dollars to talented students since 1981. Last year, two students were each awarded $10,000.

Applying For Scholarship

Applications are due by April 4, 2023, and students must be available for an interview on the 10th and 11th.

More information can be obtained by calling the Greater Lambertville Chamber of Commerce at 609-397-0055.

Tax-Deductable Donations

Individuals or businesses wishing to make a donation to the Jim Hamilton scholarship fund can do so by making a check payable to the Delaware River Towns Charities/Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship Fund in care of the Greater Lambertville Chamber ofCommerce, PO Box 210 Lambertville, NJ 08530. Donations are tax-deductible as the scholarship fund is an IRS-recognized 501c3.

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