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The Essential Art Department (TEAD) Scholarship Program provides emerging professionals within the Location-Based Experience industry with a 50% scholarship fo TEAD courses beginning March 20, 2024. 


One scholarship will be awarded per course. 

What Is The Essential Art Department®?

The Essential Art Department® is a specialized Entertainment Industry Art Department learning platform, taught by industry professionals passionate about their work. Entertainment creation, inspiration and resources at your fingertips.


To learn more, visit

What Are Location-Based Experiences?

The industry at large has various names, including Themed Entertainment, Location-Based Entertainment, Attractions, and Travel & Leisure. Big Break Foundation identifies amusement and theme parks, museums, water parks, zoos, aquariums, science centers, family entertainment centers, live events, performing arts, immersive experiences, and industry vendors/suppliers as the Location-Based Experience Industry.​

What Is an Emerging Professional?

Big Break Foundation defines "emerging professionals" as students, early career professionals, and those who are pivoting from another career or re-entering the workforce after a long absence. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Scholarship Details

One 50% scholarship for the base course tuition will be awarded per course beginning with SketchUp for Storytellers on March 20, 2024.

This is a (6) week intensive course with Instructor-led live sessions. Originally priced at $415, Big Break will fund half the cost of enrollment (not including applicable taxes and fees) for one scholarship recipient.

Additional courses coming soon!

Scholarship Eligibility

Any person—regardless of gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, faith or other identity or characteristic—is welcome to apply. 

  • Applicants must be available to complete the course content and assignments within the designated period.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.


Selection Process

Big Break Foundation is committed to creating a transparent and fair selection process that aligns with our values of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility.​

Anonymized applications are used whenever possible to ensure an unbiased assessment.

Outlined here are key considerations of our scholarship selection process:

  • Priority will be given to first-time TEAD students.

  • Priority will be given to applicants from non-traditional educational backgrounds, as defined by the National Center for Education Statistics.

  • As part of our mission to amplify and foster diverse talent, we consider an applicant's background/identities as part of our evaluation criteria.

  • Additional factors considered include: academic and or/work accomplishments, financial need, extracurricular activities, transferable experiences/skills, community involvement/volunteerism, and commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility.

We are continuously reviewing and updating our processes to ensure fairness, equity and inclusiveness for all.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact

Selection Process
Dates & Accessibility

Important Dates

SketchUp for Storytellers | Level 1

Application Opens

Thursday, February 15, 2024


Thursday, February 22

11:59 PM Eastern Time

Scholarship Notification Period

Early March 2024  


We strive to make our opportunities and experiences accessible to all. For questions, requests for accommodation, or suggestions on how to make our application process more accessible, please contact


The Essential Art Department®
Scholarship Application

At Big Break Foundation, we deeply respect your privacy and the trust you place in us when you provide information during the application process. Any information shared by applicants will be used for evaluation purposes only. If you have questions or concerns, please contact

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Thanks for applying! We'll be in touch.

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