Youth and Adult Scholarships

The Crucible offers full and partial scholarships for youth and adults who would otherwise not be able to participate in classes or camps. Each year, we offer over $150,000 in youth and adult scholarships, holding 20% of all youth class spaces for scholarship students. Our scholarships are funded by The Crucible’s general funds, foundation grants, and individual donations. Scholarships are offered on a first come, first served basis, based on availability and the criteria below. We accept scholarship applications throughout the year.

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Scholarship applications are considered based on economic need, artistic ability and/or promise, and applicants’ zip code (priority given first to West Oakland residents, then Oakland residents, then Greater Bay Area residents).

Low-income youth and adults and those who need financial support to attend are encouraged to apply. Applicants who add diversity to our community are especially welcomed. Scholarships are awarded to youth and adults based on the strength of their applications, financial need, and class availability.

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Youth students must be ages 8-17, and if awarded a scholarship will be placed into age-appropriate classes. Requests for specific sessions and classes are not guaranteed.


Please completely fill out the scholarship application form, and submit your application no later than three weeks prior to your class start date.

Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received. If you are granted a scholarship, you will be notified by email or phone at least one week prior to the class start date. These awards are designed for adults and families with financial need and are allocated based on availability of funds and class space. Spaces are limited.

The Crucible reserves the right to cancel scholarships at any time for any reason.

Special Scholarship Fund for Oakland-Based People of Color

The Raphael Allen Fund

Throughout his life, Raphael was dedicated to facilitating interpretive engagement with nature and history, by researching and including the stories of under-represented people in his tours, writings, and talks. His happy face was often seen at The Crucible, and one that left us much too soon. In his honor, the Raphael Allen Fund fund provides full and partial adult scholarships to Crucible classes for people of color who live in Oakland and need financial support to attend.

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