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The Circus Up Scholarship Program aims to provide aspiring and practicing circus artists, who are part of historically under-resourced and under-represented communities, with the funds and opportunity to deepen their knowledge, practice, and performance of the circus arts. 


If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact us at:


If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, click this button!

Please note: If you are not part of a historically under-resourced and under-represented community, this scholarship may not be for you. As part of Circus Up’s mission, we give priority to members of BIPOC communities. Thank you for your understanding.

Eligibility Includes:

  • Financial needs based (please see the Sliding Scale pricing suggestions at the end of page)

  • Has strong interest in movement arts 

  • Can attend at least 80% of classes 

  • Lives in the Greater Boston Area

  • Priority given to members of BIPOC communities

*We use "priority" to mean mainly work with this community before others

*We use the following definition of BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Latinx, Asian, Native American, Pacific Islander, and all other ethnicities of color

La Elegibilidad Incluye:

Los requisitos para recibir ayuda económica incluyen: 

  • Financiero necesidad económica (consulte las sugerencias de precios de escala móvil al final de la página)

  • El deseo a aprender artes circenses

  • Puede asistir al menos al 80% de las clases.

  • Vive en Boston o cerca

  • La prioridad es para los estudiantes de BIPOC*


*Esto significa que elegimos trabajar con estudiantes BIPOC antes que con otros estudiantes.

*BIPOC significa: personas negros, indígenos, latinos, asiáticos, nativos americanos, de los isleños del Pacíficos o de otras etnias que no estan caucasico


More important information:

  • Youth scholarships ages are 8-18

  • Adults is for 19+ and does not cover/provide for any transportation to/from classes

  • Scholarship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. They must be completed at least two weeks prior to the registration day of the class.

  • All Scholarships are reviewed by the Circus Up Scholarship Committee and distributed based on available funds as well as criteria created by the Scholarship Committee. This fund is primarily intended for people who will be taking class in the greater Boston area.  You may be asked for a short follow up conversation.

  • Scholarship participants can find all waivers to be completed here!

This scholarship fund was made possible through donations made by individual Circus Up donors, grants, and donations from students of the Commonwealth Circus Center and ESH.

Sliding Scale Pricing

Circus Up uses circus arts to overcome social barriers and build community with people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. To us this means that all of our events, classes, and workshops should be made as accessible as possible. Our sliding scale reflects this, by having those who can pay more cover costs for those who can only pay less. By paying at a higher level, you are helping ensure that this work empowers an economically diverse community of people.

Below are guidelines for pricing, however, we understand that everybody's financial situation is different and varies by a multitude of factors other than income.

Sliding Scale Pricing Suggestion Per 1 Hour Instruction

Household Income




$75K or higher


less than $45K

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