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Tips for Finding Art Scholarships

December 21, 2007

by Kevin Ladd

Are you a talented artist who wants to major in art in college? There are many opportunities to earn art scholarships. Talk with your art teacher about your goals and ask for advice and suggestions. Art teachers frequently receive notices about art competitions and scholarship programs, so if he or she knows that you are interested you are likely to be among the first students to find out about new opportunities. You should also let your guidance counselor know that you plan to major in art in college. He or she can be a rich source of information and also receives scholarship program notices on a regular basis.

While your art teacher and guidance counselor are excellent resources, don’t depend solely on them to help you find art scholarships. There are many programs that they may never find out about. You need to be proactive in seeking out scholarship opportunities. The first thing you need to do is contact the school that you are interested in attending to find out if they offer art scholarships.

Many organizations and associations throughout the country offer art scholarships to help support talented young artists. Some offer awards to local students, but many are national scholarship programs. For example, the McMillen Foundation funds full tuition art scholarships for students in Washington and Alaska each year and the Namta Foundation, awards eight $1,000 scholarships to art students from any state.


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