Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Pittsburgh CLO Academy believes that children should have the opportunity to follow their dreams.  We are proud to offer two unique programs dedicated to developing the talents of young performers, and turning that dream into a reality. 

If applying for Financial Aid, Scholarship, or Mini-Stars, do not register online.
Download the appropriate packet below to complete your registration.

The 2016-2017 Mini Star & Scholarship Auditions will be held on Sunday, August 14, 2016

Mini Star Auditions: 11:00am-1:00pm
Scholarship Auditions: 1:00pm-3:00pm
To apply:

  • Please download the packet below and review the audition guidelines.
  • Call 412-281-2234 to schedule an audition time.
  • Bring your comlpeted Mini Star/Scholarship application along with a headshot (or 8x10 photo) and resume to the audition. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • If you audition for Mini Stars, you are automatically considered for scholarship.  No separate audition is required. 
  • For more information about our Mini Stars Program, click here.

2016-2017 Financial Aid Applications

Financial aid is available for qualifying families and is based on financial need. Financial Aid is available for the Fall and Spring Semesters only. To apply:

  • Please download the packet below and review all application requirements.
  • Send your completed application to the CLO Academy, postmarked no later than August 15, 2016.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

CLO Academy Scholarships

The CLO Academy awards full-tuition scholarships honor of the Academy's founder Charles Gray and William A. Maffie. These scholarships are awarded based on a combination of need and merit.

  • Available to students ages 8-18 attending the Children’s School, Student School, and/or Pre-Professional School.
  • Multiple Class discounts to not apply to students who receive financial aid or a scholarship.
  • Work study is required for all scholarship recipients about 75%.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Any interested CLO Academy Student who excels in any or all of the following areas is eligible to audition: acting, singing and dance.
  • Scholarships are determined through an audition process and essay submission. Award amount is based upon the panel evaluation of artistic merit and quality of the written essay.
  • Scholarships cannot be applied to private lessons.
  • Scholarships must be accepted for the full 2016-2017 school year.
  • More than four unexcused absences per semester can result in the loss of one's scholarship.
  • Multiple class and private lesson discounts do not apply to students who receive financial aid or scholarship.

Audition Information and Guidelines:

  • Students will audition at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy on August 14, 2016 before a combined panel of adjudicators including independent artists and CLO Academy faculty and staff.  Each discipline of Acting, Voice and Dance will be represented by an adjudicator.
  • Students must perform a one-two minute presentation highlighting their performance skills. 
    • The audition material may consist of one or more of the following disciplines: Song, Monologue and/or Dance.
    • Students may be asked to demonstrate additional skills, including but not limited to music scales and dance technique.
  • Final scoring will be based upon student audition results and the written essay. Upon the decision of the panel, the Pittsburgh CLO Academy will notify the student of the outcome.

To schedule an audition, please call 412-281-2234.

Mini Star Auditions

The Pittsburgh CLO Mini Stars Program is an elite professional development program designed for Grades 6-12.  This exclusive group of students are exposed to quality training, performance experience, behind-the-scenes process and constructive networking skills such as public speaking, public relations, social media etiquette and personal marketing management.
In addition to the rehearsal and performance aspects of the program, CLO Mini Stars are required to take a certain number of classes and serve as ambassadors to the CLO at various functions throughout the year.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Mini Stars Scholarships are determined by an audition process and an essay submission. 
  • Any interested student entering 6-12 grade who excels in any or all of the following disciplines is eligible to audition: acting, singing and dance.
  • 5-12 Scholarships are available for the 2016-2017 Academy year.  Mini Star scholarship recipients receive a 100% tuition discount.
    • Mini Star Scholarship cannot be applied to private lessons or master classes.
    • If scholarship is awarded, the maximum discount available to be applied toward any production class such as MT Production or All-Academy Musical is 25%.
    • Multiple class and private lesson discounts do not apply to students who receive financial aid or scholarship.
  • Mini Stars must register for four mandatory classes including (1) Jazz or Ballet, (1) Audition Technique or Acting, and (2) additional Dance, Group Voice, Acting, or Elective classes of your choice.
  • Mini Stars must attend all mandatory rehearsals and performances.
  • Mini Stars are required to assist and participate in the following:
  • All master classes, MTX, and the Fall production at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy.
    • Professional performance opportunities, including but not limited to board meetings, private parties, and CLO special events and fundraisers
    • Professional development opportunities, including but not limited to social media promotions for Summer Season and various CLO shows, the Gene Kelly Awards, Guild Ball,, and appear at CLO community outreach events such as Children's International Theater Festival, Great Race, and Three Rivers Arts Festival.
  • Mini Stars must represent the highest standard of excellence as an ambassador to the CLO including class attendance, talent, behavior, appearance, respect for others, and value of the program.

For more information about the CLO Mini Stars, click here.

Financial Aid Guidelines

We are proud to offer financial aid for the 2016/2017 Academy Year.  Financial Aid is available to qualifying families and is based on financial need. The guidelines below outline our expectations for Financial Aid students.

Eligibility:

  • Any CLO Academy student who meets the income guidelines and submits a completed application packet by August 15, 2016 will be considered for financial aid assistance.
    • Financial aid can only be applied to Children's School, Student School, or Pre-Professional School classes. Financial aid cannot be applied to private lessons, workshops, mast classes, etc.
    • Financial aid cannot be combined with any Academy scholarships, including but not limited to merit-based scholarships and Mini Star scholarships.
    • If financial aid is awarded, the maximum discount available to be applied toward any production class such as MT Production or All-Academy Musical is 25%.
    • Multiple class and private lesson discounts do not apply to students who receive financial aid or scholarship.
  • No audition is necessary to receive financial aid. 
  • All students must re-apply for financial aid in the fall of each year prior to the start of class. Past awards do not guarantee future financial aid.

Attendance & Conduct:

  • Regular attendance is mandatory to maintain financial aid. Excessive absenteeism will result in the loss of the financial aid.
    • Three excused absences will be permitted per semester.
    • Please have school musicals and other CLO events cleared ahead of time with the Scholarship Coordinator. Exceptions will be made for medical and family emergencies.
  • Students are expected to behave in a responsible and respectful manner at all times. Poor conduct will result in the loss of financial aid.

To Apply:

  • Print the financial aid application below, and gather tax returns, proof of income and, if applicable, documentation of Federal Assistance.
  • Complete the Academy Registration form and $25 registration fee.
  • Provide two clearly marked schedules:
    • Class Schedule One: the classes you would like to take should you receive financial assistance.
    • Class Schedule Two: the classes you would like to take in the event you do not receive financial assistance.
  • Write a letter outlining your reasons for requesting financial assistance.

Mail completed Financial Aid Application and materials to:

Pittsburgh CLO Academy Financial Aid
Attn: Catherine Kolos, Admissions Coordinator
130 CLO Academy Way, 8th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Incomplete Applications will not be considered. Applications must be postmarked by August 15, 2016.

Gene Kelly Scholarships

The scholarships below are offered in conjunction with the Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater. 

  • Gene Kelly Awards Cash Scholarships
  • CLO Ambassadors’ Scholarships
  • CLO Guild/ Constance T. Rockwell Schoalrship
  • Point Park University Scholarships
  • La Roche College Dance Scholarship
  • Westminster College for the Arts Talent Award

All 2016 Gene Kelly Scholarships have been awarded.  Please check back in January for the 2017 application guidelines.

CLO Guild / Constance T. Rockwell Scholarship

Recognizing the achievements of local high school seniors pursuing a further education in the performing arts.

These scholarships were named for the late Connie Rockwell, who founded the Pittsburgh CLO Guild in 1953 and played a valuable leadership role in the local theater arts community for more than 50 years. They are awarded annually to deserving local high school seniors, in keeping with Mrs. Rockwell’s desire to recognize, encourage and support talented high school students who want to pursue an education and a career in the performing arts.

High school seniors who want to pursue a college education in the theater arts are encouraged to apply. Scholarships are issued in a minimum amount of $4,000 and are awarded based on talent, financial need, scholastic merit and school and community involvement. Prior to submitting a scholarship application, the student must have applied to an accredited college, university or conservatory that offers a four-year program with a requisite audition. After reviewing the applications, the Scholarship Committee interviews and auditions each semi-finalist.

The CLO Guild Scholarships are awarded in the spring at the Gene Kelly Awards.  All are welcome - you do not have to be a Gene Kelly participant to apply.

For more information about the CLO Guild/Constance T. Rockwell Scholarship, call Scholarship Chair Patti Matty Blenko at 412-835-4579.

The 2016 CLO Guild Scholarships have been awarded.  Please check back in January for the 2017 application guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I apply for both Financial Aid and a Scholarship?

A: Yes. You may apply for both.

Q: Can I receive both a scholarship and Financial Aid award?

A: No. You may receive one or the other, but not both.

Q: Can I receive multiple class discounts if I receive Financial Aid or a Scholarship?

A: No. Discounts do not apply to students receiving Financial Aid or a Scholarship.

Q: Can I receive Financial Aid for Private Piano or Private Voice lessons?

A: No. Financial Aid can only be applied towards regular classes, i.e., Ballet, MT Tech, Acting, etc.

Q: Are there any classes that Financial Aid or scholarships are not applied to?

A: Yes. Financial Aid and scholarships do not apply to private voice or private piano lessons, MT Workshop, All Academy Musical or MT Production.

Q: Can my 5-year-old daughter audition for a Scholarship?

A: No. Scholarships are only for students 10-18 years old, enrolling in either the Student School or the Pre-Professional School.

Q: Does Financial Aid/Scholarship only apply towards one semester?

A: Financial Aid/Scholarships allocations are for a full school year, Fall and Spring.

Q: Is there any Financial Aid or Scholarships for the Summer Programs?

A : No. Financial Aid and Scholarships are only offered during the regular school year.

Q: May I apply for Financial/Scholarship more than one time?

A: Yes. You may apply every Fall.

Q: If I receive Financial Aid for one year do I have to re-apply again for the following year?

A: Yes. You must reapply every year during the fall semester.