Scholarships & Aid

Need-Based Scholarships

Festival scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Jane Farwell Memorial Festival of Christmas & Midwinter Traditions Scholarship (2) is given to two families, and awards each family with free tuition for one full-time youth or teen. We prefer to award this scholarship to families who have not received it in the past three years. If you have received the scholarship within the past three years and still need assistance, however, please do apply. Lodging is not included with this scholarship.

The Howard Capon Memorial Scholarship (2) provides assistance for first-time participants who have never attended the festival before. The scholarship provides half off the regular, full-time tuition price. Two full-time participants will be awarded the scholarship. Lodging and any materials fees are not included.

Work-Exchange Scholarships

Dishwashing Scholarships (4)
Dishwashers play a crucial role at the Festival of Christmas & Midwinter Traditions, where we enjoy 11 different meals. There are four full-time dishwashing scholarships for this festival. Dishwashing team members are responsible for washing all dinnerware in our industrial dishwasher and putting away all dinnerware after each meal. Dishwashing team members are not responsible for washing cookware or servingware. All team members will stay in the kitchen until all dishes are put away.
Estimated Work Time: 11 hours
Scholarship: You pay just $240 for the full-time festival.

Evening Snack Scholarships (2)
Each evening of the festival includes a snack around 10:00 or 10:30PM. There are four snacks in total. The two snack team members are responsible for coordinating the evening snack in conjunction with party planners, preparing and laying-out the snack and decorations for the table, cleaning up the snack and any dishes used, dumping and cleaning out coffee & tea urns after snack, and doing a final daily wash of cups and mugs in the dishwasher. You will collect mugs and glasses from throughout the building, checking in all workshop rooms and corners, and include those in your final wash. 

Estimated Work Time: 6 hours
Scholarship: You pay just $300 for the full-time festival.

Laundry Scholarships (2)
Laundry team members are responsible for washing, drying, folding, and putting away kitchen towels, aprons, and tablecloths. This includes bringing soiled linens downstairs and starting a load of laundry after each meal, as well as attending to the laundry room throughout the day and in the evenings.
Estimated Time: 10 hours.
Scholarship: you pay just $240 for the full-time festival.

Please direct inquiries to Kelli Emerson at or call (608) 924-4000.