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Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Student Academy Awards - The purpose of the competition is to support and encourage filmmakers without previous experience who are enrolled in accredited colleges and universities.
Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship- This scholarship provides financial assistance to members of the NAACP who are attending undergraduate or graduate school.
AIGA- AIGA Scholarships benefit minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying art and design disciplines in colleges and university in the US.
All-Ink College Scholarship Program
Alpha Kappa Alpha Mini-Grants - These grants provide funding to individuals and organizations wishing to undertake projects consistent with the goals of Alpha Kappa Alpha (a traditionally black women’s sorority).
Amelia Kemp Memorial Scholarship - Stipends range up to $1,000. The purpose is to provide assistance to women of color who are at least 21 years of age, have experienced an interruption of at least 2 years in their education since high school, are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregates, and wish to pursue post-secondary education on the undergraduate, graduate, professional, or vocational school level.
American Indian Scholarships, Inc. - AIGC provides several programs to aid American Indian/Alaska Native students in pursuit of higher education. Native Americans must be members of federally recognized tribes or Alaskan native groups, and at least one-fourth Native American ancestry.
American-Indonesian Cultural and Educational Foundation- The foundation offers scholarships for study in the U.S. to citizens of Indonesia with genuine financial need and a superior academic record.
The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
ArtTable Summer Mentored Internship for Diversity in the Visual Arts Professions- ArtTable, the leadership organization for professional women in the visual arts, invites female college seniors, graduate students and recently graduated college and graduate students with an interest in arts administration to apply.
Asian Cultural Council Individual Grants
The Bay and Paul Foundations- Our service learning Grantees assure student participation in the design and implementation of all phases of a project and provide rich, meaningful opportunities for reflection throughout, with the knowledge, skills and dispositions acquired by the students aligned with curricular goals and relevant state standards.
The Beinecke Scholarship Program- The Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program- The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education.
Brickfish African American Icons Scholarship- The Brickfish African American Icons Scholarship is available to students who are at least 14 years of age or older. There are three awards available with amounts ranging from $250-$500. To be eligible for this award, you must submit a blog, photo with a description, or a video telling about an African American or black person from a different country who has had a profound impact on your life.
CareerFitter.com Scholarship- The CareerFitter.com Scholarship is available to students who are enrolled or planning to participate in a college, university, or graduate school program with a minimum 2.5 GPA. You must submit an essay of no more than 150 words on the following topics:
The Center for Photography of Woodstock- Fellowships to photographers and artists who use photography and reside in New York State.
College Photographer of the Year- Recognizes and rewards the outstanding photographic work of college students.
Community College Opportunity Program (CCTOP) - NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. If you are a community college student from the tri-state area, you could well be eligible for Steinhardt's Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP), potentially a $20,000/year scholarship.
Creative Arts Scholarship - This award is to encourage creative projects by student members of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). The award ranges from $1,000 to $5,000. The program is open to JACL members who are interested in pursuing undergraduate or graduate education in the creative arts. Professional artists may not apply. Selection is based on academic record, extracurricular activities, and community involvement. Preference is give to students who are interested tin creative projects that reflect Japanese American experience and culture.
Creative Capital - Provides grants to individual artists for specific projects, with an emphasis on experimental work. Disciplines rotate, meaning that media grants are given every other year. Grants up to $20,000.
Dale E. Fridell Memorial Scholarship - The Dale E. Fridell Memorial Scholarship is open to anyone aspiring to attend a university, college, trade school, technical institute, vocational training or other post-secondary educational program. The scholarship amount is $1,000 and is offered 4 times annually. In addition, eligible students may not have already been receiving or awarded full tuition scholarship or waiver from another source. International students are welcome to apply.
Davis Putter Scholarship - This fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community. Early recipients worked for civil rights, against McCarthyism, and for peace in Vietnam. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity.
The Dedalus Foundation - The Dedalus Foundation awards two annual fellowships to students in painting or sculpture who are entering their final year in an MFA degree program at an American college, university, or art school. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $20,000. Applications are solicited annually from MFA programs throughout the country, with each program nominating two candidates. The fellowship awards are made by a committee of distinguished artists and critics.
Education Endowment Scholarship - The Snag Educational Endowment was founded in 1992. Its sole focus is awarding graduate and undergraduate educational scholarships each year. These are out most prestigious and highly competitive student scholarship awards. A selection committee of three independent jurors determines the awards. The Endowment awards three scholarships each year, and each scholarship recipient receives the following: $1,000 One-year complimentary Snag Membership
Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics - To recognize and reward outstanding essays on a topic related to ethics. Eligible to compete are full time juniors and seniors at accredited colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Essays must be reviewed by a faculty sponsor and three copies of the essay must be submitted. Essays must be 3,000 and 4,000 words in length and on a theme of the student’s choice. Readers look for adherence to design format, carefully proofread essays, well thought out essays that do not stray from the topic and eloquence of writing style. First prize is $5,000, second prize is $2,500 and third prize is $1,500. Two Honorable mentions are awarded, $500 each.
Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship Program/Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut - Yale/Norfolk is a six-week intensive summer program. There is a one thousand five hundred dollar registration fee that covers everything except transportation and art supplies. Nominees must have completed their junior year and plan on returning to their academic studies after the summer. Up to 12 credits may be earned.
Financial Aid and Scholarships for Minority Students - Online Colleges's website provides minority students from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds with access to an online financial aid and scholarship directory. The directory lists each scholarship and financial aid opportunity with a corresponding deadline and description. Opportunities for female students are included in this online resource, as well.
Finlandia Foundation Scholarships - Scholarships are available for full-time undergraduate and graduate students of all academic disciplines enrolled in accredited post-secondary schools in the United States and Finland. Candidates must have achieved sophomore or higher status prior to receiving the award and must have maintained a 3.0 GPA. Some of the criteria the FNN Scholarship Committee uses in evaluating applications are the following: financial need, course study, and U.S./Finnish citizenship. Students studying subjects related to Finish Culture receive special consideration.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts - The Foundation for Contemporary Arts provides grants in five categories: dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts. Grants are awarded annually to outstanding or unusually promising artists and arts organizations which create, present, or support work of an imaginative, contemporary nature and need this kind of assistance. Grants of not more than $5,000 are awarded annually. Grants are made for a specific project or for general operating support. Grants for individual artists amount to $30,000 per individual.
Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. - Franklin Furnace awards grants between $2,000 and $10,000 to performance artists, allowing them to produce major works in New York. Artists from all areas of the world.
Frameline Film and Video Completion Fund - Grants up to $5,000 are provided fund lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender artists who are in the last stages of production of a documentary, educational, animated, or experimental project about or of interest to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people and their communities. Applicants must be involved in the completion or post-production work, including subtitling or conversion of video to film (or vice versa). In particular, women and people of color are encouraged to apply.
Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) - Designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning on studying overseas in East or Southeast Asia. In the past, there have been few funding opportunities for study abroad in Asia. However, with the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, the Institute of International Education (IIE) now administers the Freeman-ASIA Awards in order to give more American undergraduate students the means to study in East and Southeast Asia.
Friends-In-Art Scholarship - This program is open to blind or visually impaired students who are currently majoring or plan to major in music, art, drama or creative writing. Selection is based on achievement, talent, and excellence in the arts. Stipend amount is $1,500.
Fulbright Student Program - You could be on of more than 1,500 students who receive a Fulbright Grant each year to go overseas. The U.S. Student Fulbright Program operates in more than 140 countries worldwide; grants are available in all fields of study.
Gates Millenium Scholars Program - This program is meant to reduce the financial barriers of African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American/Alaskan Native and Asian Pacific American students with high academic and leadership promise that are at a significant economic disadvantage. A 3.3 GPA is required, along with a demonstrated financial need.
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation - Modest grants are available for projects related to the history of the book, book culture, printing history, and related programs.
Golden Key Visual and Performing Arts Achievement Award - To recognize and reward members of the Golden Key Honor Society who submit slides of their work in nine categories: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, computer-generated art/graphic design/illustration, mixed media, instrumental performance, vocal performance, and dance. Award amount is $500.
Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund, Inc. - These fellowships are for one academic year in the amount of $1,500, awarded to women who are registered in graduate studies and within two years of completing the degree program requirements at an accredited New York college or University. Applicants must be permanent residents of New York state and citizens of the United States. Evidence of scholastic ability and need for financial assistance are required.
The Henry Luce Foundation, Luce Scholars - The Luce Scholars program represents a major effort by the Henry Luce Foundation to provide an awareness of Asia among potential leaders in American society. Launched in 1974, the Luce Scholars Program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had no prior experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia or their Asian counterparts. The program provides stipends and internships for eighteen young Americans to live and work in Asia each year.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund - General eligibility requirements: Be of Hispanic heritage; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; have plans to enroll as a full-time student.
IFDA Educational Foundation Student Scholarships - Provide assistance to undergraduate students pursuing degrees in design. Program is open to full time students in fields related to design. Applicants must submit a 200-400 word essay on their future plans and goals and why they believe they deserve the scholarship. Selection is based on the essay; the applicant’s achievements, awards; letters of recommendation from a designer educator, a mentor of practitioner in the field. Amount of the award ranges from $1,000 - $3,000.
Institute for Humane Studies - The Institute for Humane Studies awards scholarships up to $12,000 for undergraduate or graduate study in the United States or abroad. Last year IHS awarded more than 100 scholarships to outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, law students, and professional students who are interested in the "classical liberal tradition."
International Communications Industries Foundation AV Scholarship - The International Communications Industries Foundation AV Scholarship offers various awards equaling to the amount of $1,200 to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students. You must be majoring in an audiovisual related field, including, but not limited to, audio, video, audiovisual, electronics, telecommunications, technical theater, data networking, software development or information technology in an accredited post-secondary program.
International Sculpture Center, Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award - Educational institutions with current ISC University memberships are eligible to submit up to three (3) student nominations. There are no additional fees to participate in the student awards program. Nominees must be students working towards a B.A., B.F.A., M.F.A, or Certificate from an established and reputable art school.
Jacob K. Javits Fellowships Program - This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and master of fine arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities and social sciences.
Jack Goodman Scholarship in Art and Technology - Three tuition scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to currently enrolled BFA or MFA students at NYU/Steinhardt, whose work is of the highest quality in the area of art and technology (digital, photography, video).
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships - Nomination must come from the student’s community college of origin. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer’s Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their Bachelor’s Degrees at the Nation’s top four-year colleges and Universities. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 50 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.
Jackie Robinson Foundation - Through its Education and Leadership Program, the Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $7,500 annually to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice. You must be a U.S. citizen in order to quality for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Award. In addition, you cannot possess a 2 or 4 year degree when apply for this scholarship.
James D. Phelan Art Awards - The foundation awards funds to young California-born artists in various fields of art. Birth certificate required in application. Odd year awards are given in printmaking and photography; even year awards in film and video. One $15,000 award is awarded every year.
Japan Foundation - The foundation offers the “Performing Arts Japan” program; performance art that presents Japanese culture to America. Touring grants and collaboration grants are available. The Japanese Foundation New York Grant aims to support projects that will further the understanding of Japanese arts and culture. Grants of $2,000 to $5,000 will be awarded for projects in southern/midwestern states.
Japanese American Citizens League - Fellowships are awarded to help defray the cost of entering freshmen, undergraduate and graduate education. In addition to general awards, a specific program supports creative projects that reflect Japanese-American experience and culture. Applicants must be Americans of Japanese ancestry and must be an active JACL member at individual/student/youth level.
Joan Mitchell Foundation - The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in 1993 to fulfill the ambitions of Joan Mitchell to aid and assist the needs of painters and sculptors. The Foundation seeks to demonstrate that painting and sculpture are significant cultural necessities. To further this mandate, the Foundation annually awards grants to painters and sculptors, supports outside programming such as workshops and residencies serving individual artists, and provides free art education opportunities for New York City Youth.
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest - Award amount of $5,000 - The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open to United States High School Students in grades nine (9) through twelve (12). You must write an original essay of no more than 1,000-words on one of these topics found on the website provided.
Joseph Ehrenreich Scholarships - To be eligible, students must have completed 1 year at a recognized 4 year college or university having courses in photojournalism. They must be full time students with at least half a year of undergraduate studies remaining, have satisfactory scholastic grades, be able to demonstrate financial need, and intend to pursue a career in photojournalism. Nominations and applications may be made by students, interested instructors, or members of the National Press Photographers Association. $1000 award, 5 total.
Josephine De Karman Fellowship - Provide assistance to outstanding college seniors or students in their last year of Ph.D. program. Program is open to students in any discipline who will be entering their senior undergraduate year or terminal year of a Ph.D. program in the fall of the next academic year. Foreign students may apply if they are already enrolled in a university in the United States. Applicants must be able to demonstrate exceptional ability and seriousness of purpose. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the humanities and those who have completed their qualifying examinations for the doctoral degree. Amount of the award is $22,000 per year for graduate students, and $14,000 for undergraduate seniors.
Kodak Student Scholarship Program - The Kodak Student Scholarship Program is open to film, film production and cinematography students at U.S. and Canadian universities. Students will be awarded an amount ranging from $1,000-$5,000. You must be attending an eligible institution as an undergraduate or graduate student to be eligible for this scholarship. To enter the program you must submit a short film that communicates a story or theme in some fashion; clips and short vignettes are not eligible. A faculty nomination is required with your submission.
Lagrant Foundation Scholarships - The awarded scholarships provide financial assistance to minority high school seniors, college students who are interested in majoring in communications, business, or related fields. Applicants must be African-American, Asian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or Native American. A 2.75 GPA is required.
Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarship - The Foundation grants approximately 200 awards each year to undergraduates and graduate students up to a maximum amount of $8500. Applicants must be of excellent character and demonstrate substantial scholastic ability and financial need. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required. Age limit for graduate students is forty years of age. Age limit for undergraduate students is thirty years of age. Applicant must be in the U.S. at the time of application. Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Lesbian Writers Fund - Recent awards of $11,000 have been given to support the work of lesbian writers. Astraea National Lesbian Action Foundation is the first nationwide lesbian foundation. The Lesbian Writers Fund is open to emerging lesbian writers of poetry and fiction. Applicants must have published at least 1 piece of their writing (in any genre) in a newspaper, magazine, journal, or anthology but no more than 1 book. Submissions may consist of up to 30 pages of fiction (a novel or collection of short stories) or at least 10 pages, or no more than 15 pages of poetry. All work must incorporate some lesbian content. Requests for applications must be accompanied with a self-addressed stamped envelope.
The Lyn Blumenthal Memorial Fund for Independent Video - Awards grants for criticism and production.
Martin Wong Scholarship - Two to three tuition scholarships of between $1,000-$2,500 each will be awarded to currently enrolled BFA or MFA students at NYU/Steinhardt, whose work demonstrates exceptional promise. Students working in painting or ceramics are invited to apply.
May and Samuel Rudin Foundation Multimedia Technology Scholarship - One or more tuition scholarships may be awarded to currently enrolled undergraduate and/or graduate studio art majors at NYU/Steinhardt, who show evidence of extraordinary potential for artistic achievement in current and developing technologies (may also include traditional and mixed media). This award is dependent on renewed yearly funding, to be determined at a later date. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need (as determined by the NYU Office of Financial Aid).
Money for Women Fund Grants - Grants of up to $1,500 to poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, visual artists, and for a mixed-genre category (illustration and text) to feminist women in the arts.
National Endowment for the Arts - The NEA is a federal organization supporting organizations, individuals, and partnerships in the arts throughout the United States.
National Asian American Journalists Association - Stipends up to $25,000 are awarded to Asian American students interested in careers in broadcast, photo, or print, journalism. Selection is based on scholastic ability, commitment to journalism, sensitivity to Asian American issues as demonstrated by community involvement, journalistic ability and financial need.
National Asian American Telecommunications Association Media Fund Grants - This grant ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 is awarded to producers who are interested in developing and finishing public television programs on Asian Americans issues. 5 to 10 grants are awarded each year. This program is funded by the Corporation of Public Television. Multiple awards for production and completion.
National Association of Black Journalists - Provides financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students who are members of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) who are majoring in a field related to journalism. Students must be attending an accredited 7 year college or university and majoring: broadcast (radio or television), print, photography, or journalism and have a GPA of 2.5. Amount of award is up to $2,500.
National Association of Hispanic Journalists - Hispanic American high school seniors, undergraduates and first year graduate students are eligible to apply. Awards range from $1,000-$10,000. Applicants must be interested in majoring in print, photo, broadcast or online journalism; students majoring in other fields must be able to demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in journalism.
National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Scholarship - This program is designed to provide financial assistance to Hispanic Americans who are enrolled full time in disciplines that include, but are not limited to acting, costume design, film, lighting design and theater. Applicants must be U.S. citizens of Hispanic origin residing in any of the 50 states or U.S. territories and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs Margaret Yardley Fellowships - This fellowship is awarded to a female New Jersey resident who is a graduate student of marked ability pursuing further study. Selection is based on high standards of character, scholarship, ability, purpose, potential service to career field and financial need. Only women from New Jersey or attending a NJ college will be considered. Send a self addressed envelope for application. Between six and eight $1,000 fellowships are available each year.
National Sculpture Society Scholarship - Scholarships of $2,000 each are available for students of figurative or representational sculpture. Scholarships are paid directly to the academic institution through which the student applies.
OnlineSchools.org Minority Scholarship Database - OnlineSchools.org provides information on scholarships for minority students promoting diversity in colleges and universities. OnlineSchools.org also provides advice and guidelines for financial aid, school and career planning, and skill development for women, African Americans, Hispanics, and other minority groups.
Organization of American States Fellowships - Fellowships are available for study in member countries of OAS with the exception of the country of which the candidate is a citizen or in which he /she maintains a permanent residence. There are two kinds of fellowships; advanced study, or training and research.
Organization of American States Leo S. Rowe Pan-American Fund - Interest free loans are provided to help citizens of Latin American and Caribbean member states of the OAS study and carry out research at U.S. universities and colleges. The loan is $7,500 per semester for the last two years of study and must be repaid with five years of completion of studies.
P.E.O. Sisterhood – PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund - This support for study is designed to help women students from other countries carry out graduate work in the U.S. or Canada. Upon graduation the student will return to her country within 60 days. The maximum award for study is $10,000. Applicants may be from any field of study. The award is renewable, only one time, and the candidate must reapply. Citizens of all countries except the United States and Canada are eligible. Candidates must have a non-academic sponsor who is a citizen of the U.S. or Canada. Awards are announced in May. Students may download eligibility form from PEO website.
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans - Each year the Fellow receives a maintenance grant of $20,000 (paid in two installments) and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the U.S. graduate program attended by the Fellow. For first-generation Americans and new Americans that still feel a sense of "commitment" to their country of origin.
Puffin Foundation Ltd. - The Puffin Foundation Ltd. makes grants that encourage emerging artists in the fields of art, music, theater, dance, photography, and literature whose works due to their genre and/or social philosophy might have difficulty being aired. Average grants are: $1,000.00 - $2,500.00.
Raymond Davis Scholarship - Provides financial assistance for students interested in continuing their studies in photographic or imaging science or technology. Program is opened to full time undergraduate and graduate students who have completed or will complete 2 academic years at an accredited institution before the term of the scholarship is up. Amount of award is $1,000-$1,500. A total of two awards will be given.
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Taraknath Das Foundation
Terra Foundation for American Art
Third Wave Fund
USA Funds to Access Education Scholarships
Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contest
Windgate Fellowship Award - The Windgate Fellowship Award program is administered by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc. The Windgate Fellowship Award program was established to encourage and advance the development of serious, innovative artists in the United States whose work is in some way related to, or informed by, the process, material, traditions and/or sensibilities of craft.
The Zankel Scholar Program - The Society of Illustrators invites art colleges and universities to nominate junior level students who demonstrate outstanding achievement in illustration. Over $60,000 in cash awards and other prizes are awarded in amounts ranging from $100 to $5,000. All accepted work will be reproduced in a full-color catalog that is distributed within the industry.
1. Antonio Cirino Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: May 1st
Sponsored by the Rhode Island Foundation, the Antonio Cirino Memorial Scholarship gives up to $12,000 annually to graduate students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in art education with the intent to teach in one or more of the arts disciplines. Qualified candidates must demonstrate a consistent pursuit of knowledge in the arts, reside within Rhode Island, have unmet financial need, and show a history of involvement in the practice of arts. Graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design are not eligible. Applications must include a college transcript, financial aid award letter, resume, proof of residency, and artwork samples.
Antonio Cirino Memorial Scholarship
One Union Station
Providence, RI 02903
2. Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program
Deadline: February 6th
Within the South Carolina State Department of Education, the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program was created to deliver $2,000 awards annually for five graduating high school seniors who are planning to pursue a degree in dance, music, theatre, visual arts, or creative writing. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens, have attended a public school in South Carolina for the past two years, plan to enroll in an accredited in-state university, maintain good academic standing, and exhibit artistic excellence. Depending on their discipline, students must submit an original sonnet, narrative poem, dance routine, music composition, one-act play, or artwork.
Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program
1429 Senate Street Suite 607-B
Columbia, SC 29201
3. Singer-Songwriter Music Video Scholarship
Deadline: August 15
This scholarship is for aspiring singer-songwriters. Applicants do not need to be music majors to apply. Applicants must post a video of themselves performing an original song on YouTube. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and attest to the fact that they’re an unsigned artist. Submissions are judged based on originality, musical technique, and presentation. See website for additional requirements: Singer-Songwriter Music Video Scholarship
Singer-Songwriter Music Video Scholarship
4. Art Renewal Center Scholarship Competition
Deadline: May 31st
Offering a grand total of $30,000 in scholarships for no less than 10 students annually, the Art Renewal Center Scholarship Competition is available for students whose artworks reflect the humanist concepts of traditional and contemporary realism. Eligible students must be accepted or presently enrolled in an ARC-approved art program, intend to become a career artist, have a declared major in the fine arts, and submit at least three recommendation letters. Participants will be judged based on their portfolio of 10 to 15 portraits rendered from life, landscapes, still lifes, cast studies, nude figure drawings, and similar thematic works in realism.
Art Renewal Center Scholarship Competition
100 Markley Street
Port Reading, NJ 07064
5. Cay Drachnik Minorities Scholarship Fund
Deadline: April 1st
Each year, the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) offers the Cay Drachnik Minorities Scholarship Fund to award $900 to members of an ethnic minority group who have been accepted for enrollment in an AATA-approved art therapy program. Eligible candidates must be studying in the United States, demonstrate financial need, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and showcase a passion for the healing powers of art. Along with the application, students must submit an official academic transcript, two signed letters of recommendation, proof of enrollment, financial aid reports, and a two-page personal essay describing their future goals as art therapists.
Cay Drachnik Minorities Scholarship Fund
4875 Eisenhower Avenue Suite 240
Alexandria, VA 22304
6. Charles M. Robertson Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: December 15th
Administered through the National Art Education Association (NAEA), the Charles M. Robertson Memorial Scholarship is granted annually as a partial four-year tuition award to graduating high school seniors who are enrolling in the Pratt School of Art & Design in Brooklyn, New York. To qualify, candidates must be members of an active NAHS chapter, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, plan to major in art education, and exhibit brilliance in art achievement. Completed applications must be accompanied by a letter of nomination, an official transcript, a one-page essay discussing the student’s artistic involvement, and five digital samples.
Charles M. Robertson Memorial Scholarship
1806 Robert Fulton Drive Suite 300
Reston, VA 20191
7. Daring Young Artists to Dream Scholarships
Deadline: March 27th
Ranging in value from $2,000 to $6,000, the Daring Young Artists to Dream Scholarships are presented each year through the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) to minority and economically disadvantaged students who lack the financial means to further develop their artistic talents in higher education. Applicants must be pursuing a major in art direction, advertising, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interactive design, motion graphics, or photography at the undergraduate or graduate level. Qualified students should also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, be accepted at an accredited American college, and carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
Daring Young Artists to Dream Scholarships
164 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
8. David Barrett Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: March 1st
Through the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation, the David Barrett Memorial Scholarship is awarded for $12,000 biennially to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate outstanding ability in utilizing classic designs and traditional materials, including furniture and fabrics. Eligible applicants must have attained at least junior-level status, attend an accredited U.S. institution, have a declared major in interior design, have financial need, and exhibit exemplary conceptual creativity. Applications won’t be complete without a one-page personal statement, at least one letter of recommendation, and a prepared portfolio featuring 8 to 12 interior design components.
David Barrett Memorial Scholarship
718 7th Street NW 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20001
9. F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship
Deadline: December 15th
For a maximum amount of $12,000, the F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship is awarded annually in honor of a prominent philanthropist who remained active in the Washington, DC performing arts community until his death in 1982. Qualified candidates who have resided in Northeast Pennsylvania at some point in their lives must be furthering their education at an accredited U.S. institution with a major in painting, sculpture, photography, music, drama, literature, architecture, fine arts, or visual arts. All finalists must appear in person before the selection committee at Waverly Community House for an interview and presentation of their artwork.
F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship
P.O. Box 142
Waverly, PA 18471
(570) 586-8191 ext. 2
10. Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship
Deadline: November 17th
Thanks to a generous endowment from the legendary American fashion designer, the Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship was established by the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund to bestow $30,000 annually upon four enterprising undergraduate students majoring in fashion design and related design disciplines. Qualified applicants must be enrolled full-time at a YMA-member school in the United States, have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and have a clear desire for working in the fashion industry. Candidates must submit an application with one letter of nomination, a current resume, an official college transcript, and a fashion-related case study.
Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship
1501 Broadway Suite 1810
New York, NY 10036
11. Iowa Scholarship for the Arts
Deadline: February 2nd
Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the Iowa Scholarship for the Arts is granted each year for $1,500 to outstanding college-bound high school seniors who excel in the arts and wish to pursue a career as an artist or designer. Qualified candidates must reside in Iowa, plan to graduate from an Iowa high school, be accepted for full-time undergraduate enrollment in a fully accredited in-state college, and write a one-page personal essay that clearly showcases their passion for artistic disciplines. Applicants must be planning to major in dance, literature, music, theatre, folk or traditional arts, or visual arts.
Iowa Scholarship for the Arts
600 East Locust Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319
12. Janie Moore Greene Scholarship Grant
Deadline: October 31st
Established by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), the Janie Moore Greene Scholarship Grant is presented for $1,000 each year to deserving college students who are currently enrolled in an accredited two or four-year higher learning institution with a declared emphasis in the study of photography. Applicants must submit an application with a short essay explaining their career goals in nature photography and three to five printed samples of work that demonstrate their photographic skills. Scholarship grants will be paid directly to the college at which recipients are or will be enrolled full-time.
Janie Moore Greene Scholarship Grant
6382 Charleston Road
Alma, IL 62807
13. John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund
Deadline: February 1st
In partnership with the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Foundation distributes $5,000 scholarships each year to financially support young men and women who aim to make art their profession. Qualified applicants must be between 18 and 35 years old, have U.S. citizenship, attend an accredited post-secondary institution, have a declared major in an arts discipline, and exhibit exceptional artistic talent in expressing the classical tradition of Western culture. Candidates will be required to submit at least five digital images of their artwork and a letter of recommendation.
John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
14. Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship
Deadline: May 31st
Annnually, the Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship is awarded for $1,000 to five outstanding high school seniors and lower-division undergraduate students in the United States or Canada who are pursuing a degree in a visual arts program, such as painting, drawing, sketching, or sculpture. Eligible candidates must be accepted at an accredited university or art institute, exhibit financial aid, maintain good academic standing, submit a letter of recommendation, and provide a portfolio of three to six images of their original artwork on a CD. In addition, recipients will be given a package of Krylon Artist Sprays for creating their masterpieces.
Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship
101 West Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
15. M. Josephine O’Neil Arts Award
Deadline: March 1st
With the goal of encouraging continued involvement in the arts, the M. Josephine O’Neil Arts Award is presented by the Lambda State Organization of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society (DKG) International for up to $6,000 to female college students majoring in music, visual arts, dance, or performing arts. Eligible candidates must reside in Illinois, be enrolling in her junior year at an accredited U.S. college or university, and exhibit outstanding art achievements. Applications must include a personal cover letter, an official college transcript, two letters of recommendation, a two-page typed essay, and at least three examples of students’ artwork.
M. Josephine O’Neil Arts Award
3045 Fairway Road
Stockton, IL 61085
16. Marion Barr Stanfield Art Scholarship
Deadline: February 15th
Within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), the Marion Barr Stanfield Art Scholarship is granted each year for up to $5,000 to undergraduate or graduate Unitarian Universalist students who are studying painting, drawing, photography, and/or sculpture in post-secondary education. Qualified candidates must be preparing for a career in the fine arts, attend an accredited U.S. institution full-time, demonstrate financial need, be active members of their congregation, submit an up-to-date portfolio, and write a two-page personal essay describing how they portray Unitarian Universalist values in their artwork. Applicants will be automatically considered for the Pauly D’Orlando Memorial Art Scholarship too.
Marion Barr Stanfield Art Scholarship
24 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210
17. Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art
Deadline: February 1st
Through the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL), the Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art is offered to provide a maximum award of $5,000 to young artists who are pursuing private study, special training, workshops, museum fellowships, or summer programs related to visual two-dimensional arts. Candidates must be between the ages of 16 and 22, have U.S. citizenship, have membership on an active NSAL chapter, and demonstrate a commitment to their career plans in the visual arts. For consideration, applicants must submit a CD of five original artworks done in realistic, abstract, or expressive style within jpeg high-quality format.
Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art
7908 Burdette Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
18. National Art Honor Society Scholarships
Deadline: March 9th
In the amounts of $5,000, $10,000, and $20,000, the National Art Honor Society Scholarships are distributed each year from the Art Institutes to three graduating high school seniors belonging to the NAHS who are pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in fine, visual, performing, applied, or decorative art disciplines. Eligible recipients must be legal residents of the United States or Canada, be accepted at any Art Institute school, and have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Students must write a personal statement describing their art-related goals and six different original pieces of artwork representing their creative ability.
National Art Honor Society Scholarships
210 Sixth Avenue 33rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
19. National YoungArts Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: October 17th
Ranging in value from $1,000 to $10,000 apiece, the National YoungArts Foundation gives numerous scholarships each year to beginning artists between the ages of 15 and 18 who show extraordinary talent in cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theatre, visual arts, voice, and/or writing. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a public or private high school in the United States, plan to pursue post-secondary education in any art discipline, submit an audition or portfolio, and pay a small $35 application fee. Recipients will also receive access to internship opportunities, take master classes with world-renowned artists, and benefit from professional mentoring.
National YoungArts Foundation Scholarships
2100 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33137
20. SOI Student Scholarship Competition
Deadline: January 30th
Since 1981, the Society of Illustrators (SOI) has hosted the Student Scholarship Competition each year to provide $1,000 to $10,000 to exemplary junior or senior-level undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree in illustration, comic arts, sequential arts, animation, cartooning, or other similar visual art disciplines. Eligible students must attend an accredited U.S. university or art institute, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and submit a portfolio with a minimum of 10 images displaying their abilities in illustration. Finalists will be treated to a private dinner with illustrators, cartoonists, and publishers for an interview.
SOI Student Scholarship Competition
128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065
21. Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards
Deadline: March 31st
Administered by the Ladies Auxiliary VFW, the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards are granted each year for $500, $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000 apiece to high school students who use water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic paint, ink pen, or oil to create an original artwork expressing their patriotism. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, attend school in the same state as their sponsoring Ladies Auxiliary, be at least freshmen in high school, and have hopes of an art career. Entries will be judged based on their originality, patriotism expressed, design technique, clarity of ideas, artistic ability, and overall presentation.
Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards
406 West 24th Street 10th Floor
Kansas City, MO 6411
Carrie Crystal Stuckert Memorial Art Scholarship
The Dream Pool Foundation provides $1,000 scholarships (subject to change with availability of funds) to students pursuing a post-secondary education in visual arts. Along with the application, candidates must submit a 1-2 page autobiography and two letters of recommendation.
P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship
In honor of P. Buckley Moss, the Moss Society awards a $1,500 scholarship (renewable up to 3 years) to students with a language-specific learning disability. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors with a talent for visual arts and intent to pursue a career in visual arts. Candidates should also show sufficient financial need and have been accepted to an accredited 4-year university.
Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest
The Ladies Auxiliary conducts a patriotic art competition open to students across the United States. Entries may use water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink or oil on a paper canvas. Digital art is not accepted. Work is judged on concept, presentation and patriotism. First place wins a $10,000 scholarship, second wins $5,000, third wins $2,500, fourth $1,000 and fifth $500.
The Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
Every year, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers 25 scholarships to provide young musicians with money for new instruments/equipment and/or enrollment in a summer music program. The scholarship is open to students ages 8-18 who have not yet enrolled in college. In addition to a financial award of up to $10,000, winners will perform on a live taping on From the Top and design and implement an Arts Leadership program in their community.
Eugenia Vellner Fischer Award for the Performing Arts
This scholarship is available to women who have participated in a Miss America Pageant on the local, state or national level (regardless of whether a title was won). Applicants must be pursing a degree in performing arts at the undergraduate, master’s or higher level. Candidates are assessed by academic achievement, extra-circular participation, financial need and participation in Miss America.
Japanese American Citizen’s League Creative & Performing Arts Scholarship
The Japanese American Citizen’s League offers a creative and performing arts scholarships to its youth members. Recipients are chosen based on academic merit, artistic ability and involvement in JACL and the Asian American community. Along with your application, you must submit sample artwork, a letter of recommendation and a 2-page personal statement.
Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers
Berrien Fragos Thorn awards $500 grants without deadlines (application assessed on a case-by-case basis) and $2,500 semi-annual sums to migrant farm workers. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in developing their skills in visual, performing, media, literary or traditional art. Enrollment in school is not necessary, but history of movement to obtain agricultural work must be evident.
Florence Lemke Memorial Scholarship in Fine Arts
The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Washington awards $300 scholarships to children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of veterans in the state of Washington. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors with plans to pursue an education in fine arts. Along with the application, students must submit 3 letters of recommendation, a high school transcript and a short essay.
Lois Livingston McMillen Memorial Fund
The Connecticut Community Foundation offers annual awards ranging from $500 – $4,000 to Connecticut women pursuing an artistic career. Preference is given to students in the visual arts of painting and design. Awards can be used for tuition at an accredited college or qualifying artist-in-residence program. Applicants must reside in the Foundation’s service area.
Cynthia and Alan Baran Fine Arts and Music Scholarship
The Community Fund of Middle Tennessee issues annual scholarships to college sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Art, a BA in Studio Art or a Masters of Fine Arts. A scholarship is also awarded to a student studying music with preference given to acoustic mandolin or acoustic guitar. Candidates must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours and have a 3.0 minimum GPA.
Melton Art Reference Library Art Abroad Scholarship
The Melton Art Reference Library in Oklahoma City awards one-time $1,500 scholarships to students participating in an Art Abroad Program. At least one class in the program must be an art class. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and provide proof of participation.
Eleanor Friedberg Art Scholarship Fund
The Pittsburgh Foundation issues financial awards to graduating high school seniors in Pittsburgh who will attend a 2- or 4-year college or technical school. Applicants should be interested in pursuing a career in the arts and must submit 4 original artistic works to the Eleanor Friedberg Art Scholarship Awards Competition.