Community-oriented yoga studio in Washington, D.C.

3253 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC 20010


Past Tense Scholarship

Past Tense aims to be a welcoming, accessible, community space where people come together and find joy in, support for and growth in their practice. To foster this mission and make yoga accessible to someone who otherwise would not be able to afford it, Past Tense offers an annual scholarship for a membership to the studio.

The scholarship provides six months to a year of yoga instruction, discussion and community involvement. The scholarship is open to someone who embodies this community spirit and needs assistance funding their practice.

The online application (below) is open from October 15, 2019, to November 30, 2019. Interviews will be held in December with final selection by December 20, 2019. All applicants will be notified of their status by December 20, 2019. The scholarship period begins on January 1, 2020.

If you are interested in sponsoring an additional scholarship, please email Kelly.


·       Must be at least 18 years of old
·       Be a resident of the Mt. Pleasant/Columbia Heights community.
·       Participate in studio events like auditions, community classes, Yogathon, Snowga, etc.
·       Practice at least 2 times per week at the studio
·       Try a new class or teacher from Past Tense, at least once a month
·       Send feedback about 2 classes a month via the feedback form.
·       Submit a reflection letter about how the program is serving the recipient and what could be improved upon at six months.
·       Connect with a Past Tense teacher or staff member at least 3 times during year.
·       Agree to initial 6 month scholarship, with optional 6 month renewal.
·       Agree to help promote the scholarship to potential applicants for the next term.
·       Demonstrate financial need


Scholarship Application

Preferred method of communication:
Prefer to self-describe:
Is English your first language?
If English is not your first language, what is?
*Please note that applicants will not be turned down on the basis of information in this section, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, religion, and/or gender.
Short Answer Questions
Tell us about your yoga background, your practice and what drew you to yoga.
Tell us about you as a student. When did you start practicing? Why? Where do you practice now? What styles of yoga do you practice on a regular basis? Favorite poses? Least favorite poses? (You don’t need to answer all of this! These are just a few prompts to get you going.)
What does this scholarship opportunity for yoga mean to you?
We are looking for a student who values their neighbors and like Past Tense’s mission, has a desire to foster community. Please describe how you would intend to do that.
What do you do off the mat?
Financial Need Questions
Below are a few brief questions that will help us gauge your need of financial assistance for the membership.
Rate your financial need.
Explain your rating. Include any financial difficulties you or your family may have (loss of employment, illness, etc.) that would affect your ability to pay.
Rate your income level*.
*Please remember that income includes wages, unemployment/workers' compensation, social security income, public assistance, disability benefits, child support, alimony, etc. And, please note: You may be required to provide documentation to validate your income upon request.
How many siblings or dependents do you have that are currently living in your household?
Do you receive any of the following (check all that apply)?