Apply to take a free course
The Steel Yard offers scholarships for students who may not otherwise be able to afford to enroll in a welding, blacksmithing, jewelry, or ceramics course. Whether you’re new to the Yard or you’ve been here before, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn a new art form or a trade that promotes experimentation and personal growth.
Scholarships can be applied to ONE course registration in any of our departments. These scholarships are offered on a rolling basis to individuals who show a combination of commitment to learning as well as a need for financial assistance. Awards must be applied within one year of the date of receipt.
HOW TO APPLY
- ONLINE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
- MAIL: Fill out the printable PDF form, and mailing it to the following address: The Steel Yard, 27 Sims Ave Providence, RI 02909 (coming soon)
Please note that Steel Yard course Registration and Enrollment Policies apply to the course selected by scholarship recipients. Awards are neither transferable nor may they be deferred.
The Steel Yard is committed to diversity and inclusion. It is the policy of The Steel Yard that there shall be no discrimination with respect to race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, gender, age, physical limitations or military status.
The Steel Yard recognizes that there are demographically underrepresented groups within the industrial arts. The lack of these voices is a detriment to not only those underrepresented groups but also to current practitioners of the industrial arts. The Steel Yard believes that:
- EVERYONE deserves access to industrial arts education.
- EVERYONE can benefit from taking classes at The Steel Yard, whether that means for recreation or for vocation.
Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (QT/BIPOC) experience social and economic barriers that prevent them from being able to access the industrial arts. QT/BIPOC have historically been denied the benefits of their labor in this country, and we acknowledge that we reside on the stolen lands of the Narragansett & Mashpee Wampanoag.
In addition to working towards safe environments for our students, The Steel Yard seeks to provide equitable economic access to QT/BIPOC students. As a component of our Scholarship Program, we offer the following standing scholarship to courses:
- 25% off scholarship with the code QTBIPOC25
- 15% off scholarship with the code QTBIPOC15
QT/BIPOC students may select the discount that feels helpful for them. Please understand that this is a QT/BIPOC only offering; we also offer scholarship programs for individuals who do not identify as Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Color.
WHAT DOES “BIPOC” STAND FOR?
BIPOC stands for “Black, Indigenous, People of Color.” This term is used to acknowledge that there are experiences unique to black and indigenous persons that are erased by the term POC (People of Color).
WHAT DOES “QT” STAND FOR?
QT stands for Queer or Trans. “Queer” is a word that may describe sexual and gender identities other than straight and cisgender. We choose to specifically highlight Trans identities, as they have historically been left out of mainstream queer movements.
WHY A DISCOUNT FOR QT/BIPOC STUDENTS?
QT/BIPOCs have historically been underrepresented in the industrial arts. By offering a standing scholarship for our courses, we seek to decrease the barriers to access to QT/BIPOC communities.
HOW DO I USE THIS SCHOLARSHIP?
Once you’ve added the course in which you’d like to enroll, you can apply the discount code at the checkout page.
WHAT IF I CANNOT AFFORD TO TAKE A COURSE EVEN AFTER APPLYING THE QT/BIPOC SCHOLARSHIP CODE?
The Steel Yard offers larger scholarships with partial or full course fee waivers. In order to be considered for those scholarships, please fill out this form.
DO I NEED TO PROVIDE PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION AS QT/BIPOC?
We do not require proof of identification to apply the scholarship code during check-out. We operate on an honor system, with the hopes that only students who identify as QT/BIPOC will use the scholarship.
HOW MANY TIMES CAN I USE THE QT/BIPOC SCHOLARSHIP CODE?
The QTBIPOC scholarship can be applied to any course, with no limitations on how many times it may be used by a QTBIPOC individual.
CAN I USE THE QT/BIPOC SCHOLARSHIP CODE WITH A GIFT CERTIFICATE?
Yes! Your gift certificate can be used to pay for your enrollment, and the discount will be applied on top of it.
CAN THE QT/BIPOC SCHOLARSHIP BE USED TO PURCHASE MERCHANDISE OR GIFT CERTIFICATES?
No, it may only be used on course enrollments.
WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU COLLECT FROM ME IF I APPLY THE QT/BIPOC SCHOLARSHIP CODE?
While we do not collect any information regarding your identity prior to enrollment. All students will be given a participant survey at the beginning of class, which may ask for demographic information. This information is de-identified, meaning it is anonymous and will not be linked to your record.
For fundraising and grant application purposes, The Steel Yard may record the number of times this code is used.