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Area 3 Foundation offers scholarships to Walt Disney (Florida) character performers, and former character performers who are pursuing a college education. The Area 3 Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) independent organization, is a facilitator of the scholarship.


Deadline for application materials to be received is April 1st.

The Area 3 Foundation also features a scholarship to honor our friend, Sheldon Pinckney - The Sheldon Pinckney Scholarship for the Creative Arts.
For more information about this scholarship and how to donate to it, please download the flyer by clicking here.


  • Minimum of two years of full-time service at the Walt Disney World Resort in the character department at any of the Orlando resorts or two years as a casual regular employee. Or the dependent of an employee that meets the employment criteria.

  • Responsible for providing proof of a minimum of two year of full-time service at Walt Disney World Resort in the character department. We will accept proof from Walt Disney World HR department, pay check stubs, or references from two fellow employees known to Board Members.

  • Acceptance to a post-secondary institution eligible to award what is known as “Title IV Financial Aid” or more simply federal financial aid (FAFSA). For a listing please visit

  • Receipt of all materials by the application deadline.

  • Additional consideration is given to applicants majoring in education, health professions and social services. Any applicant majoring in the creative arts will automatically be eligible to be considered for the Sheldon Pickney Scholarship for the Creative Arts.

  • Scholarship awards are based on a combination of factors including interview, essay, GPA

  • and academic as well as career goals. Awards are competitive and limited. Applicants are encouraged to apply each year regardless of outcome.

*Applicants majoring in one of the Creative Arts will automatically qualify for the Sheldon Pinckney Scholarship.

Applicant must be available for personal interview.

For new scholarship applicants, please click here for an application.

For returning scholarship applicants, please click here for an application. 

If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact us at



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