Art Scholarships

Art isn’t just a throw-away class…it’s a subject that can lead to a meaningful career for creative students. Forget finger painting and paper dolls, though: If you want to make a living as an artist, you must have true talent, a unique voice and the ability to express a passion for your medium of choice in each project you take on. Are you doing that already? Well then, you’re already on your way toward a successful future doing something you love. Might as well get a little financial aid to help you along!

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Art scholarships run the gamut from drawing to painting to photography to design and even include art of the culinary, musical and literary varieties. Many art scholarships are specific to a particular state, county or even a particular college in addition to the art major or art interest/ability requirement, so we recommend you go to www.scholarships.com to conduct a free scholarship search. If you have an interest in art scholarships, be sure to include this information while conducting your search. If any of the art scholarships in our database are available to you, you will see them in your search results.

Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Against The Grain Artistic Scholarship provides financial assistance and promotion of Asian American college students pursuing a major in the performing, visual arts, journalism and/or mass communications.

    The scholarship awards $1,000 to be applied toward school tuition and fees. Please note that funds will be disbursed directly to the educational institution in the student’s name. To be [...] More

Beinecke Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/8/2023
  • Amount: $35,000
  • The Beinecke Scholarship Program awards students who have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career. Students must be a college junior pursuing a bachelor's degree and plan to enter a master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Students in the social sciences who plan to [...] More

Betty Harlan Memorial Art Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Betty Harlan Memorial Art Scholarship provides educational resources to students pursuing a degree in the visual arts. Applicants must answer the essay prompt: "Considering the background and criteria of this scholarship, why are you the best candidate? Discuss your involvement in organizations and activities that focus on the visual arts."

    Applicant must: Be a graduating senior from a [...] More

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship is for full time African-American or Black students pursuing a degree in visual arts including, but not limited to, architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, photography, sketching, video production and other decorative arts.

    Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident who is [...] More

CHS Fellowships in Hellenic Studies

  • Application Deadline: 12/2/2023
  • Amount: $40,000
  • The CHS Fellowships in Hellenic Studies encourages and supports postdoctoral research of the highest quality on topics related to ancient Greek civilization. The program offers options for individual and collaborative proposals, and provides for flexibility in terms of residency at the CHS (Washington, DC) and levels of financial support. The program aims to foster interaction among researchers [...] More

CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $20,000
  • CINTAS Foundation is offering a fellowship in the visual arts. Artists may submit a maximum of 10 digital images. The panel WILL NOT consider work samples that exceed the maximum. Images submitted without a detailed image list will not be considered. Installation work may be accompanied by a video. To be eligible, applicants must either have Cuban citizenship or have direct lineage. Applicants [...] More

Emily M. Hewitt & Stephen Stocking Memorial Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Emily M. Hewitt & Stephen Stocking Memorial Scholarships are for a promising upper division or graduate student who shows a commitment to communicate and interpret a love of nature and an understanding of the need to practice conservation. Any student or graduate student enrolled full-time in an accredited California post-secondary educational institution whose educational career goals [...] More

Frederick R. Layton Art Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/18/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Frederick R. Layton Art Scholarship is a scholarship available to current Mount Mary students who are enrolled in a major in an arts and design academic area. Multiple scholarships of up to $3,000 each are awarded every year. Eligible applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate program, have completed at least one college art course at Mount Mary University or [...] More

Friends of MCC Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • In addition to several general scholarships available, several other specialized scholarships are available in: accounting, anthropology, art, athletics, business, construction management, culinary, cultural diversity, diversity, education/early childhood education, first generation, FIT fitness instructor training, GED, healthcare, horticulture/plant science, humanities, journalism/writing, [...] More

Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Each year, the Friends of the California State Fair Student Scholarships help our state's most promising students achieve their goals and realize their dreams by granting scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2500. These awards are given in a broad range of academic studies. They are presented to college students and graduating high school seniors who exhibit academic excellence, leadership [...] More

GRCF Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship is open to students of color (African-American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander) attending a non-profit public or private college/university in West Michigan majoring in fine arts, including all visual and performing arts. Applicants must have financial need, be a Kent County resident, and have a minimum 2.5 [...] More

GRCF Mathilda & Carolyn Gallmeyer Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the Mathilda & Carolyn Gallmeyer Scholarship, students must be Kent County residents (five-year minimum) pursuing undergraduate studies in painting/fine arts. Applicants must demonstrate artistic talent, have financial need, and a minimum 2.75 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

GRCF Paul Collins Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Paul Collins Scholarship is for undergraduate level students studying fine or applied arts at Aquinas College, Calvin College, GVSU, GRCC or Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. Applicant must be a resident of Kent County, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, have financial need, and demonstrate artistic talent. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

Haymarket Gallery Emerging Artists Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • Amount: $700
  • The Haymarket Gallery Emerging Artists Scholarship is open to residents of Lancaster County Nebraska who plan to major in or are currently majoring in art. Applicants can be high school seniors or current college students. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Hope College Distinguished Artist Awards - Visual Arts

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: $12,000
  • Each year at Hope College up to sixty Distinguished Artist Award (DAA) scholarships are given to students with strong academic records and outstanding creative abilities in art, dance, music, theatre or creative writing. Renewable for four years, the DAA's provide eligible students with $3,000 each year toward their college costs. Application requirements: up to 15 high quality 35mm slides [...] More

Hopson-Laurent Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Hopson-Laurent Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 to benefit qualified applicants from Fort Towson and Choctaw County, Oklahoma. One or two scholarships of at least $1,000 will be awarded. Funds may be used for tuition, fees, or books. Scholarship is available to graduates of a public or private high school in Choctaw County, Oklahoma.

    Applicants must be accepted for enrollment or [...] More

Iowa Scholarships for the Arts

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs empowers Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state. Throughout our generosity, financial aid is offered. Iowa Scholarship for the Arts is an award to help support student's future arts education. Applicants must be outstanding Iowa high school seniors who [...] More

ISI Henry Salvatori Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 1/20/2024
  • Amount: $15,000
  • Too many college students feel isolated or attacked for questioning progressive orthodoxy and the ever-narrowing range of debate on campus. We introduce them to the American tradition of liberty and to a vibrant community of students and scholars. Our students get an education and a community they don’t find at their universities. And in the process they become articulate voices for the [...] More

Jane T. Anderson Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • Amount: $800
  • The Jane T. Anderson Scholarship is for public high school seniors in Lancaster County, Nebraska who are planning to major in Art, Art History, or Museumology. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund is open to United States citizens only, between 18-35 years. The purpose of the scholarship is to foster high standard in the study of form, color, drawing, painting, design, and technique, as these are expressed in modes showing patent affinity with the classical tradition of Western culture. Applicants must be skilled or devoted to this classical [...] More

JSU Opal R. & Opal A. Lovett Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The JSU Opal R. & Opal A. Lovett Scholarship is awarded to a deserving student majoring in history, english, or art who has achieved sophomore or above status. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

JVS Chicago Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • Amount: $4,000
  • JVS Chicago offers scholarships to Jewish students residing in the Chicago metropolitan area (including Lake County, Indiana). Eligible applicants must: were either born and raised in Chicago area or one continuous year of full-time employment in the Chicago metro area prior to enrollment; plan on remaining in the Chicago area after completing school; are entering an accredited graduate program [...] More

Kress Foundation Interpretive Fellowships at Art Museums

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2023
  • Amount: $30,000
  • The purpose of the Kress Interpretive Fellowships at Art Museums program is to provide a new kind of mentored professional development opportunity within American art museums. The program is intended to encourage students to explore interpretive careers in art museums, whether as future museum educators or curators; to strengthen the profession of museum educator within the art museum community; [...] More

LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Each year, The LAGRANT Foundation provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate ethnic minority students who are attending accredited institutions and are pursuing careers in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations. The scholarship recipients will receive a trip to either New York City, Portland, OR, or Minneapolis, MN where they will participate in career building [...] More

Marion Barr Stanfield Art Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Marion Barr Stanfield Art Scholarship is for either graduate or undergraduate Unitarian Universalist students preparing for a career in fine arts. The terms of the trust limit eligibility to those in the study of painting, drawing, photography, and/or sculpture. Performing arts majors are not eligible. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The mission of the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is to acknowledge, support, and empower exceptional graduating high school seniors of King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties by providing financial assistance for an education at their college of choice within Washington state. Over 1,000 of the most promising high school graduates from King, Pierce and Snohomish counties have attended college [...] More

OSRHE Scholars for Excellence in Child Care

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Program ensures that eligible child care professionals in the state of Oklahoma have an opportunity to attend a technology center or community college to further their education while earning a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, Certificate of Mastery, Director's Certificate of Completion, and/or an associate degree in child development or [...] More

PEGTV Courcelle Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Courcelle Scholarship is awarded annually to a Rutland County High School senior who has exhibited a high level of proficiency and interest in the video or media arts and intends to pursue study in the communications field at an accredited college, university or trade school. Eligible applicants must be pursuing degrees in television, film, radio, internet, computer animation, graphic arts, [...] More

Robert Sherman Fine Art Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/30/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Robert Sherman Fine Art Scholarship was established to foster the study of art and advance the development of artists in keeping with the mission of the Glenview Art League. It is for a high school senior planning to pursue a college degree in a visual art. Applicants must submit a CD or flash drive with at least 10 images of their work and proof of college acceptance as a visual arts major [...] More

Robert W. Thunen Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Robert W. Thunen Memorial Scholarship is offered to full-time students who desire to study illumination as a career. Applications for the Thunen Memorial Scholarship may be made by those who will be an undergraduate junior, senior or graduate student (Fall semester only) in an accredited four year college or university located in Northern California, Nevada, Oregon or Washington. Recipients [...] More

Savannah College of Art & Design Graduate Fellowships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university, SCAD is uniquely qualified to prepare talented students for professional, creative careers. SCAD prepares talented students for creative professions through engaged teaching and learning in a positively oriented university environment. To simplify the financial aid application process, SCAD has provided an [...] More

Spirit Square Center for Arts and Education Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/4/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Spirit Square Center For Arts and Education Scholarship Fund provide scholarships to undergraduate students with demonstrated aptitude and career potential in the arts. All applicants must have demonstrated talent and a declared major that indicate potential for a significant career contribution to the arts and be a rising college junior or senior in good academic standing with his or her [...] More

The Foundation Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Scholarship Program was established to help art students whose undergraduate degree includes an emphasis on watercolor or art history/museum studies. Over the course of the application process, students will demonstrate their knowledge of Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker's paintings and history by submitting a short essay or the [...] More

The Fulbright Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Through our unique international educational and cultural exchange programs, Fulbright’s diverse and dynamic network of scholars, alumni and global partners fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, shares knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the world. Since its establishment in 1946 by Congress, the Fulbright Program has given more than [...] More

The Kress Foundation History of Art Institutional Fellowships

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2023
  • Amount: $30,000
  • The Samuel H. Kress Foundation devotes its resources to advancing the study, conservation, and enjoyment of the vast heritage of European art, architecture, and archaeology from antiquity to the early 19th century. We support the work of individuals and institutions engaged with the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of the history of European art and architecture from [...] More

Yellow Dog Studio Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Education is vital to the growth and future of every community. Because of this, the Saginaw Community Founda­tion administers a variety of scholarship programs for high school, community college, university and vocational stu­dents. Since awarding our first $500 scholarship in 1987, the Saginaw Community Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships. Learn more about all of our [...] More
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