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The 67 Art Scholarships You Need to Know About

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Nov 14, 2015 1:30:00 PM

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People are always saying that art doesn’t pay.

Fortunately, they aren’t right. Prospective art students will be happy to know that there is a multitude of art scholarships out there that will help pay for their educations.

We have all the details on the best art scholarships below, so read on to see which scholarships you should apply to!

 

Who Should Apply for These Scholarships?

These scholarships are aimed at students who are creative and have spent time in high school developing their artistic talent. Art careers are not the easiest to pursue, so you’ll have to be able to demonstrate a passion for your chosen art form in order to show that you have real potential.

Art scholarships can cover many different disciplines including performing arts, fine arts, design, and more. In this list I have covered scholarships specifically for:

  • Performing Arts, such as drama, film, television, and broadcasting
  • Dance
  • Photography
  • Fine Arts, such as drawing, painting, and sculpture
  • Video Game Design
  • Music, including voice and instrumental
  • Design, including graphic design, interior design, sound design, and industrial design

Scholarships that cover more than one area of art will be listed in each relevant category.

Though many art scholarships are specific to a particular college or university, the scholarships listed below can be used at many different schools. To earn the most money for college, you should apply to as many of these private scholarships as possible and also inquire at your university about opportunities for scholarships in your particular program.

 

What If None of These Seem Right?

Note that this is not an exhaustive list. If you don’t see something that looks like it could be a fit for the kind of art that you do, try doing an internet search to see if you can find something appropriate.

Also, keep in mind that most art scholarships are offered directly through universities. When you are considering applying to a school, inquire about any art scholarships they may have that you would be eligible for.

 

Performing Arts Scholarships 

 

Aiko Susanna Tashiro Hiratsuka Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for members of the Japanese American Citizens League. Applicants must be studying performing arts. Up to 30 one-time scholarships are awarded every year. The award amount varies depending on which scholarship is received.

 

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program

South Carolina high school seniors may apply if they have attended high school in South Carolina for at least 2 years. There are 4 categories of scholarships: creative writing (must write a poem no longer than 1 page), drama (must write a one-act play 20 – 45 mins long), music (must submit a 3 – 5 minute original composition), and visual arts (must create an original visual composition). Applicants are judged on creativity, originality, and quality. The deadline is February 6th. The award amount is $2,000.

 

Bruce Marson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for students seeking a degree in Technical Theater Production. Applicants must submit the application found on the website by April 30, 2016. The award amount is $1,000.

 

Case Western Theater Scholarship

Case Western offers four full tuition scholarships, as well as two $10,000 scholarships, for students who wish to minor in or pursue theater as an extracurricular. Students must complete an audition and interview in order to apply.

 

Charles and Lucille Family Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

The King Family Foundation offers several scholarships for students majoring in film and broadcasting, including:

  • Up to $7,000 to college juniors and seniors majoring in film, television and related fields
  • $10,000 to a senior at NYU majoring in film or video
  • $10,000 to a graduate student majoring in film or video at USC
  • $10,000 to a graduate student majoring in film or video at UCLA
  • $10,000 to a graduate student majoring in film or video at NYU

 

Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship

You must be a full-time student or a current high school senior in order to qualify. This scholarship is intended for African-American students. Up to ten students will be awarded up to $3,000 each.

 

Donna Reed Performing Art Scholarship

This scholarship is for performing arts students. Applicants must submit an audio or visual piece to qualify. The award amount varies.

 

Florence Lemcke Memorial Scholarship in Fine Arts

This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors in Washington. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in music, dance, or drama. The award amount varies.

 

Georgia Thespian Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to 11 high school seniors who participate in Georgia Thespians.

  • Gerald Ray Horne Scholarship: $2,000
  • Yatesy Harvey Theatre Educator Scholarship: $2,000
  • Frank Pruet & Eric Vision and Innovation Scholarship for Leadership: $2,000
  • Pam Ware Leadership Scholarship: $2,000
  • Linda P. Wise Performance Scholarship: $2,000
  • Gene & Imelda Bell Service Scholarship: $2,000
  • Dwight Gilstrap Technical Scholarship: $2,000
  • Achievement Scholarships (5): $2,000

 

 

Iowa Scholarship for the Arts

This award is for high school seniors who are Iowa residents and excel in the arts. Students must be accepted to an Iowa college or university and be planning to study dance, literature, music, theater, or visual arts. The award amount is $1,500.

 

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship

This scholarship is for outstanding student performers. Finalists will receive $500 and a trip to a hosted national festival. There will be one winner per region, up to sixteen winners total. The first and second place winners will receive $5,000 and $2,500 respectively.

 

John L. Dales Scholarship Fund

Applicants must be members of the Screen Actor’s Guild or the children of members. The scholarship amount varies every year.

 

Junior and Community College Performing Arts Scholarship

This scholarship is for full-time students at a public junior or community college in Alabama. The award is not need-based and is rewarded based on an audition. The award amount varies.

 

NYCDA Scholarships

This scholarship is sponsored by the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. The conservatory awards multiple scholarships for both acting and dance. Students must submit a FAFSA and attend an audition to apply. Scholarships range from $500 to $160,000 (typical amounts are between $5,000 and $25,000). 

 

Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Scholarships

OAB offers several scholarships to students enrolled in Oklahoma colleges or universities who are majoring in broadcasting. Students must be juniors or seniors, have a minimum of a B average, and plan to enter broadcasting after graduation. Selection is based on extracurricular activities and awards, broadcast industry experience, financial need, and an essay about your desire for a career in broadcasting. There are six awards of $2,000. The application deadline is February 16th.

 

Stein Family Scholarship Fund

Applicants must be residents of Hawaii, demonstrate financial need, study performing arts, and have GPAs of 2.7 or above. Preference is given to students who are first-generation college students. The award amount varies.   

       

Thespian Scholarships

The Educational Theater Association awards several scholarships for students in performing arts, including:

  • Excellence in Theater Performance Scholarship: for high school seniors planning to major in communications or performing arts. The amount of the award varies.
  • Future Theater Educator Scholarship: for high school seniors planning to major in communications or performing arts. One-time award of $2,500.
  • Melba Day Henning Scholarship: for high school seniors working towards careers in theater education. $1,000 award, renewable for three years, for a total of $4,000.
  • Theater Performance, Technical, or Playwriting Scholarship: for high school seniors planning to major in theater performance, technical theater or playwriting. One-time award of $2,000.
  • Amy Bennett Musical Theater Scholarship: for 2 high school seniors planning to major in musical theater. One time award of $1,500.
  • Austin Yeatman Technical Theater Scholarship: for high school seniors planning to study technical theater. One-time award of $1,000.
  • John Marshall/International Thespian Officers’ Outstanding Student Achievement Scholarship: for 2 high school seniors who exemplify the ideals of International Thespian Society. $1,000 scholarship.
  • Bob and Marti Fowler Future Theatre Educator Scholarship: for students pursuing theater education who demonstrate leadership, strong work ethic, ability to work as a team, strong character, academic ability, organizational skills, and experience in different aspects of theater.
  • Educational Theatre Association Presidents’ Leadership Scholarship: for thespian students who demonstrate leadership ability. Do not have to major in theater in college. $1,000.

 

Vivian Klemz Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for students from Ventura County, CA who are pursuing an education in the arts, including performing, visual, fine, or language arts. Preference is given to female applicants. One award of $1,000 is given every year.

 

VSA Playwright Discovery Award

Applicants can be in grades 6 through 12. To apply, students should write a one-act play that is under 40 pages and incorporates disability. The awards range from $3,000 to $20,000.

 

Dance Scholarships

 

Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is for dancers who have a performing dance career of 7 years or longer, 100 weeks or more of paid dance employment in the USA, and total gross earnings of $56,000 or more over the course of seven years. Awards are for $2,000.

 

Florence Lemcke Memorial Scholarship in Fine Arts

This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors in Washington. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in music, dance, or drama. The award amount varies.

 

Iowa Scholarship for the Arts

This award is for high school seniors who are Iowa residents and excel in the arts. Students must be accepted to an Iowa college or university and be planning to study dance, literature, music, theater, or visual arts. The award amount is $1,500.

 

Jean Lee/Jeff Marvin Collegiate Scholarships

The Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance awards six $1,000 scholarships to undergrads who are attending an Indiana university, will be juniors or seniors in the upcoming years, and are majoring in health education or dance education. Applicants will need to write essays about their plans after graduation.

 

Mary Benevento CTAHPERD Scholarship

This scholarship is for high school seniors from Connecticut who are majoring in dance or another physical education major. Students will be judged based on academic ability, competence, and future potential in their chosen career. Applicants must submit their transcript, an essay of 300 words about educational objectives, and a letter of recommendation. Awards of $1,000.

 

NYCDA Scholarships

This scholarship is sponsored by the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. The conservatory awards multiple scholarships for both acting and dance. Students must submit a FAFSA and attend an audition to apply. Scholarships range from $500 to $160,000 (typical amounts are between $5,000 and $25,000). 

 

Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship

This scholarship awards $1,250 to three undergraduate students and $1,750 to graduate students. Applicants must be members of SHAPE America, be majoring in dance or physical education, and be college juniors or seniors with GPAs of 3.5 or above. Selection is based on academics, leadership, community service, and character.

  

Photography Scholarships

 

NPG’s Photo Scholarship Contest

Negative Population Growth gives a prompt every year and asks students to submit an appropriate photograph. The prompt this year was about how population growth has negatively affected students' communities. This year saw sixteen $500 and two $1,000 scholarships awarded. 

 

Worldstudio Foundation Scholarship Program

This scholarship is for students studying advertising, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interactive design, motion graphics, or photography. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA and display financial need. Winners can receive up to $6,000.

  

Fine Arts and Writing Scholarships 

 

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program

South Carolina high school seniors may apply if they have attended high school in South Carolina for at least 2 years. There are 4 categories of scholarships, which include: creative writing (must write a poem no longer than 1 page), drama (must write a one-act play 20 – 45 mins long), music (submit a 3 – 5 minute original composition), and visual arts (create an original visual composition). Applicants are judged on creativity, originality, and quality. The deadline is February 6th. The award amount is $2,000.

 

Beall Scholarship

Applicants for this scholarship must be female, between the ages of 16 and 36, members of the Presbyterian Church, and residents of one of the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Virginia. Students must be art majors. The awards are for up to $3,000.

 

Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship

College students majoring in art or history may apply. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or above. The application includes an essay, and awards are up to $5,000.

 

Cynthia and Alan Baran Fine Arts and Music Scholarship Fund

Applicants must be current students at an accredited college or university, taking at least six credit hours and be enrolled in a Bachelor of Fine Art, Bachelor of Studio Art, Master of Fine Art or Bachelor or Master in Music program. Art students must major in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography or printmaking. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The award amount varies.

 

Esther Kanagawa Memorial Art Scholarship

Applicants must be current high school seniors who plan to major in fine arts at an accredited college or university. They must have a GPA of 2.7 or higher and demonstrate financial need and good character. Applicants must be Hawaii residents. The award amount varies yearly.

 

Iowa Scholarship for the Arts

This award is for high school seniors who are Iowa residents and excel in the arts. Students must be accepted to an Iowa college or university and be planning to study dance, literature, music, theater, or visual arts. The award amount is $1,500.

 

Lois Livingston McMillen Memorial Fund

This scholarship is for women from Connecticut who are studying fine arts. The awards range from $500 to $4,000.

 

 

Minnesota Academic Excellence Scholarship

This scholarship is for Minnesota residents who are planning to attend a college or university in Minnesota. Applicants need to show excellence in an academic subject, which can be Fine Arts. The scholarship award amount varies, but it can cover the full cost of tuition and fees at public and private universities.

 

Richie Gregory Fund

Applicants must be Hawaii residents who are majoring in art and have a GPA of at least 2.7 at a 2- or 4- year university or college. The amount of the scholarship varies – last year it was $1,142.

 

Worldstudio Foundation Scholarship Program

This scholarship is for students studying advertising, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interactive design, motion graphics, or photography. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA and display financial need. Winners can receive up to $6,000.

 

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship - Visual Arts and Art History

Applicants must be residents of Virginia. In order to apply, students must complete an online application and turn in a sample of their artwork. The award amount is $4,000.

 

Vivian Klemz Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for students from Ventura County, CA who are pursuing an education in the arts, including performing, visual, fine, or language arts. Preference is given to female applicants. One award of $1,000 is given every year.

 

YOWO: You Only Write Once

This scholarship is aimed at students aged 25 and younger, who are current or former high school students. Applicants must submit an original poem. The award amount is $1,000.

 

Video Game Design Scholarships

 

Penny Arcade Scholarship

Applicants for this scholarship can be majoring in any field with a GPA of 3.3 or above, be planning on pursuing a career in video game design, and be able to show that they have the most potential to have a positive effect on the video game industry. Awards are $10,000.

 

Randy Pausch Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is for students looking to pursue degrees in the development of interactive entertainment including animation, programming, game design, and music composition. Two recipients are awarded $2,500. 

 

Music Scholarships

 

AMCA Music Scholarship

The Associated Male Choruses of America sponsors scholarships between $1,000 and $1,200 for students who will be majoring in vocal music studies or instrumental music. Candidates must be sponsored by a member chorus of the AMCA. Candidates must submit an application and three letters of recommendation.

 

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program

South Carolina high school seniors may apply if they have attended high school in South Carolina for at least 2 years. There are 4 categories of scholarships: creative writing (must write a poem no longer than 1 page), drama (must write a one-act play 20 – 45 mins long), music (must submit a 3 – 5 minute original composition), and visual arts (must create an original visual composition). Applicants are judged on creativity, originality, and quality. The deadline is February 6th. The award amount is $2,000.

 

Bach Organ and Keyboard Music Scholarship

Students from Rhode Island who are studying music or singing can apply. The award is between $800 and $1,000.

 

Churchill Family Scholarship

This scholarship is for high school seniors from Maine who are pursuing degrees in vocal music education or performance. The scholarship is awarded based on the results of a vocal music competition. It is usually worth $1,000.

 

Cynthia and Alan Baran Fine Arts and Music Scholarship Fund

Applicants must be current students at an accredited college or university, taking at least six credit hours, and enrolled in a Bachelor of Fine Art, Bachelor of Studio Art, Master of Fine Art or Bachelor or Master in Music program. Preference for music scholarships is given to those studying acoustic mandolin or acoustic guitar. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The award amount varies.

 

Doris and Clarence Glick Classical Music Scholarship

This scholarship is for students from Hawaii who are attending a non-profit college in the USA. Students must be majoring in music with an emphasis on classical music. Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need and have a 2.7 GPA or above. The award amount varies but is approximately $1,500.

 

Florence Lemcke Memorial Scholarship in Fine Arts

This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors in Washington. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in music, dance, or drama. The award amount varies.

 

 

Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition

Scholarships of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 are awarded to vocalists and instrumentalists and can be used for any education-related expense. Only high school seniors and college freshmen may apply. Students must submit an audio CV with 2 tracks of contest-level material in contrasting styles and an essay about how music will be a central part of their futures. Finalists will have to perform in person.

 

Iowa Scholarship for the Arts

This award is for high school seniors who are Iowa residents and excel in the arts. Students must be accepted to an Iowa college or university and be planning to study dance, literature, music, theater, or visual arts. The award amount is $1,500.

 

Michael Jackson Scholarship

This scholarship is for students with GPA of 3.0 or above who are studying performing arts at a UNCF historically black college. Awards are for $4,000.

 

Music Committee Scholarship

This scholarship is available to high school students from Kansas who are planning to attend a Kansas college or university and major or minor in music.

 

Women Band Directors International Scholarship

This scholarship is for women who want to become band directors. A student in any college grade level may apply. Applicants must be majoring in music – any instrumental focus is ok. The application includes two letters of recommendation and a statement about why you want to be a band director. Awards are for $300. The deadline is December 1st.

 

Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship

This scholarship is for students pursuing an education in piano or voice. Preference is given to students of the Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts. A one-time award of $5,000 is given.

  

Design Scholarships

 

American Institute of Graphic Arts Honolulu Chapter Scholarship Fund

Applicants must attend college in the USA or its territories and be majoring in graphic design, visual communication, or commercial arts. Students must be residents of Hawaii, show financial need, and have a 2.7 GPA or above.

 

Dr. Randy Pausch Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is designed for students who want to pursue careers in interactive entertainment. Students should be interested in art, animation, programming, engineering, game design, or sound design. Two $2,500 scholarships are awarded. Applicants must be full-time college students with 3.3 minimum GPAs. The award is for one year but students may re-apply. The application requires a personal statement about financial need and how you have shown service, leadership, and character. You will also need two letters of recommendation.

 

IFDA Leaders Commemorative Scholarship

The International Furnishings and Design Association gives this $1,500 scholarship. Applicants must be majoring in interior design or a related design/furnishing program. Extra consideration is given to students who have volunteered and show leadership. The application requires a letter of recommendation, an essay about your long and short term goals, extracurriculars, awards, and what led you to pursue a career in interior design. You should also include 2 – 3 different examples of your design work. The deadline March 31st

 

IFDA Student Membership Scholarship

The International Furnishings and Design Association awards this $2,000 scholarship to a student majoring in interior design or a related design/furnishing program. Extra consideration is given to students who have volunteered and show leadership. The application requires a letter of recommendation from a professor plus a recommendation from an IFDA member, an essay about your long and short term goals, extracurriculars, awards, and what led you to pursue a career in interior design. You should also include 2 – 3 different examples of your design work. The deadline is March 31st

 

IIDA Student of the Year Award

This scholarship recognizes a student who is a member of the International Interior Design Association and has significantly impacted their school’s interior design program through leadership, insight, or involvement. Applicants must be IIDA student members in good standing for at least 2 years and have a minimum 3.5 GPA. The award is $5,000.

 

IIDA Wilsonart Essay Competition

This scholarship recognizes a student member of International Interior Design Association who has taken part in a student mentoring week. The competition encourages thoughtful leadership and mentoring between students and professionals. Students must attend the mentoring week and submit an essay of 500 – 750 words about their mentoring experience. The award is $1,000.

 

ISDA Undergraduate Scholarship

The Industrial Designers Society of America awards this $1,500 scholarship to a student in industrial design based on submissions of work. Applicants must have completed their freshman year of college with GPA average of 3.0 or above and must be student members of IDSA. Applicants must submit 20 visual examples of work showing various projects. Students can only win this award once.

 

 

Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award

This scholarship is for students who have made academic contributions to interior design and wellness through print or digital communication. Applicants must submit an entry such as a book, blog, or video. The project must address the needs of the public, designers, and students on design theory, education, business practices, and other related topics. The award is $5,000, and the deadline is April 30th.

 

Kansas City IFMA Scholarship

This scholarship is for students majoring in interior design, architecture, or a field related to facility management. They must be enrolled in a Kansas or Missouri college or university. Applicants must include a letter of professional intent, two recommendations, extracurriculars, and GPA. Selected students must complete an interview. Applications are due April 30th. Awards are at least $500.

 

MVP Visuals Design Scholarship

This scholarship is for students pursuing a Graphic Arts & Design degree or Applied Arts degree. Applicants must submit an example of their work. The award is $500.

 

Ruth Clark Furniture Design Scholarship

The International Furnishings and Design Association awards this $3,000 scholarship to a student majoring in interior design or a related design/furnishing program. Extra consideration is given to students who have volunteered and have leadership experience. The application requires a letter of recommendation, an essay about long and short-term goals, extracurriculars, awards, and what led you to pursue a career in interior design. Applicants must also include 5 different examples of original furniture designs. The deadline is March 31st

 

TLMI Four Year College Degree Scholarship

This scholarship is for college juniors and seniors who are majoring in graphic arts, graphic design, or other majors, and who are interested in a career in the tag and label industry. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and three personal references. The application requires an essay about personal interests and activities, financial circumstances, your interest in the tag and label industry, employment experience, and reasons you should be selected. The deadline is March 31st. Up to 6 awards of $5,000 are given annually.

 

Worldstudio Foundation Scholarship Program

This scholarship is for students studying advertising, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interactive design, motion graphics, or photography. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA and display financial need. Winners can receive up to $6,000.

 

What's Next?

If any of these scholarships look interesting, the first step for many will be assembling a top-notch showcase of your work. Check out our article on how to make an amazing art portfolio for college.

Remember to start applying for scholarships early in order to maximize your college fund! Check out these 21 scholarships that you can apply to in your senior year of high school.

Need more money than these scholarships are offering? Check out our list of 15 amazing full-ride scholarships and 79 colleges that offer full-ride scholarships.

 

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Mary Ann Barge
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Mary Ann holds a BA in Classics and Russian from the University of Notre Dame, and an MA from University College London. She has years of tutoring experience and is also passionate about travel and learning languages.



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