Statement Of Purpose For The Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship

Sponsored by the Greater Lambertville Chamber of Commerce

The purpose of the Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship is to provide two scholarships annually to area students. Students in the Chamber footprint (see list) attending either public or non-public high schools or current college students are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

First-time applicants will be high school seniors (or equivalent) entering their first year of college (or equivalent) or current college students no older than 20 years of age. The money is to be used in the pursuit of a degree in the arts (music, graphic arts, digital arts, performing arts, art education, art therapy, architecture, theater, culinary arts). If no applicants are deemed eligible to receive the Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship, the scholarship money will be held in escrow for future years.

The scholarship is merit-based. The selection of recipients is made by the scholarship committee based on the quality of the work and personal statement submitted by the applicant and on the applicant’s presentation during the interview. In addition to talent, the committee has to consider the candidate’s likelihood of finishing a four-year degree. Faced with two students of equal talent, financial need will be taken into account.

To be considered as a recipient of the Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship, it is mandatory to submit the application completely and accurately. Applications can be found below. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship is made possible through the generosity of many individuals, each of whom works very hard to raise money for this award. Artists donate original artworks to be auctioned providing the bulk of the money. Area businesses help underwrite the auction, thus paying much of the expenses associated with the auction, so that as much of the funds raised as possible go directly to the scholarship fund. Finally, volunteers before and during the Shad Festival promote the auction and the Festival and make it possible.

Please consider doing a Shad Fest poster for the Scholarship Art Auction or volunteering your time at the Shad Festival.


Students  — Please provide us with the following information. All applications must be submitted by June 30, 2021.

Teachers & Guidance Counselors — Please provide us with the following information.
All applications must be submitted by June 30, 2021.

  • Shad Festival Scholarship Application Form (see below)
  • Portfolio of works containing at least 5 and no more than 10 examples of your work. Portfolios will be judged on potential, accomplishment, attitude, and intent. Digital portfolios are strongly preferred. However, visual artists are encouraged to bring representative pieces to the interview. (If you are a performing artist, a video or audio disk of performances is acceptable, no more than 10 to 15 minutes in length.)
  • A 500-word personal statement, explaining your goals and future plans

(The art teacher and the guidance counselor will be sent an email and should work together to gather these documents below. We require that they come directly from the guidance office.)

  • Student Transcript – Student must maintain at least a C average to be eligible
  • Student Activity Inventory. (Please highlight Community Service)
  • Guidance Counselor Recommendation
  • “Art” Teacher or Primary “Art” Mentor Recommendation
  • Interviews with the scholarship committee on July 15 and July 16, 2021, if picked as a finalist, you will receive your date for your interview.

If you have any questions about these requirements or the scholarship application, please call the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce: (609) 397-0055 or email.

This scholarship has been given significant financial support from the Friends of Ely Park, a non-profit founded by Mr. Hamilton for the purpose of revitalizing Lambertville’s only dedicated green space and to make it safer, more welcoming and user-friendly.

The Jim Hamilton Shad Festival Scholarship Application

Sponsored by the Greater Lambertville Chamber of Commerce

The application deadline for the 2021 Jim Hamilton Memorial Shad Fest Scholarship has passed. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 scholarship.

In 2022, we plan to return to our traditional schedule. Applications for the 2022 scholarship will open February 15, 2022 and close April 8, 2022. Winners will be presented at the Shad Festival Poster Auction on Sunday, April 24, 2022. If you are a resident of the South Hunterdon Regional or New-Hope Solebury high school sending districts and pursuing a college degree in the fine, performing, or culinary arts, you are eligible to apply. You must be 21 or younger to apply. The Jim Hamilton Memorial Shad Fest Scholarship has received significant financial assistance from the Friends of Ely Park.

Shad’Toberfest Canceled

As you may have heard, Lambertville was devastated by flooding from Ida.
We decided to cancel Shad’Toberfest. This decision was not made lightly. However, we could not burden the already stressed infrastructure of the City. The festival brings thousands of visitors to Lambertville and that burden would not help our City right now.
The need in Lambertville is great with over half the homes in the City affected by Hurricane Ida’s unprecedented flooding.
There are some people that will spend a year getting their house back to a livable condition and some who will never return to their beloved homes because of the severe damage they sustained. In light of this tragedy, we are working on a fundraiser to benefit those flood victims hit hardest by Hurricane Ida. Stay tuned for details.