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
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 one year 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 part-time or seasonal employee. Or the dependent of an employee that meets the employment criteria.

  • Responsible for providing proof of a minimum of one 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 federal financial aid, degree or certificate awarding, post-secondary institution.

  • 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 for the Sheldon Pinckney Scholarship for the Creative Arts.

  • Scholarship awards are based on a combination of factors including essay, GPA and academic career goals. Awards are competitive and limited. Applicants are encouraged to apply each year regardless of outcome.

  • Award funds are only guaranteed for the amount awarded by the committee. These are one time awards. Applicants and recipients are required to apply each year. Annual amounts may vary.

  • Scholarship criterion is subject to change.

  • Preference is given to a current or former cast member of the Walt Disney World® Character department.

  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • The scholarship committee reserves the right to disqualify any candidate for misrepresentation of self on the application.

  • Recipients are required to provide official proof of enrollment after the drop/add period of each term. Failure to do so will result in loss of funds for next term.

  • Scholarship Application Materials for First Time Applicants

  • Completed scholarship application

  • Current, official (not a photocopy) transcripts mailed directly from applicant’s postsecondary institution (transcripts received from other than institution will not be accepted, no exceptions) or high school transcript. If the applicant has been out of high school five years or more, and there has been no post-secondary institution enrollment, please submit two personal references in lieu of high school and post-secondary transcripts.

  • Employment verification from the Walt Disney World Company®, (employment verifications received from other than Walt Disney World Company® will not be accepted, the only exception is the submission of references in lieu of verification). Children must submit employee verification of their parent.

  • Personal essay (no more than two double-spaced pages, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins all-around) addressing the following: area of study, why the area of study was chosen, career goals, how the applicant’s experience in the Character department lead to personal development, and how that personal development will help the applicant be successful in her/his anticipated career. Children of cast members should address area of study, why the area of study was chosen and career goals. Scholarship Application Materials for Former Recipients of an Area 3 Scholarship

  • Please submit a completed application.

  • Submit official transcripts.

  • Please submit a paragraph or two (250 words) on how being a previous recipient of an Area 3 Foundation award has benefited you

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

Applicant must be available for personal interview.

Click here to print guidelines and application.​

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



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Suite 163
Tampa, FL 33626

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