In 2016, 20 cherubs were supported with a collective total of $76,500 in financial aid and/or scholarships.
Any cherub applicant can apply for financial aid, which is given on the basis of need. Students who apply for financial aid are automatically considered for any named scholarships for which they also might qualify.
Victoria Radke of Arkansas said although she likes to think she would have been able to attend the program without the financial aid she received, it would have been much harder.
“I don’t think I would’ve had as much spending money here,” Radke said. “There would’ve been a very high chance that I wouldn’t have been able to come.”
Anum Shafqat of Illinois was one of eight cherubs who were awarded named scholarships. Shafqat received the Joan Beck and Ruth Moss Buck Journalism Scholarship.
“I honestly thought I would be paying a lot of money for this program,” Shafqat said. “I also told myself beforehand, if I don’t get a scholarship, if I don’t get financial aid, I’d rather just save up for college and not have that extra money burden on my parents.”
In addition to the Joan Beck and Ruth Moss Buck Scholarship, other named scholarships in 2016 were the Peter Alexander International Student Scholarships, the Norma Kinsel – Linda Foley Cherub Scholarship, the Mary Lou Song Cherub Alumni Scholarship, the Diane Granat Yalowitz Memorial Fund Scholarships and a scholarship funded by an anonymous donor.