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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!

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: 5/31/2021
  • 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. Applicants must be a US citizen, national or permanent legal resident who is of at least 25% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity, and be either a high school senior or a college student [...] More

Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • To be eligible for the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Scholarship, applicants must be high school seniors/graduates and accepted to UAB. There are no applications for this scholarship: via audition and testing, the student must prove to be of substantial talent and show promise for continued excellence in music. There will be a strong focus on incoming freshmen; however, current UAB [...] More

AWMF & Ford Emerging Voices Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The AWM Foundation’s partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund supports scholarships for two female students based on essays written on a suggested topic. Both will get the opportunity to write two blog posts for AWM. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Betty Harlan Memorial Art Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Betty Harlan Memorial Art Scholarship provides educational resources to students pursuing a degree in the visual arts. Applicant must be a graduating senior from a public or private high school who resides in Boone, Ogle, or Winnebago County,
    who plans to pursue a degree in visual arts, visual art education, or visual art history, has a minimum 2.75 GPA, and shows involvement in [...] More

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to African-American or Black students who are pursuing a degree in the visual arts. Visual arts include architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, photography, sketching, video production, etc. Selected applicants will be constituents of a CBC member’s [...] More

Center for Hellenic Studies Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 10/1/2020
  • Amount: $18,000
  • The Center for Hellenic Studies Fellowship was established to encourage and support research of the highest quality on topics related to ancient Greek civilization. The proposed research may be approached through any discipline including, but not limited to, area and ethnic studies, anthropology, archaeology, art history, education, history, literary criticism, the natural and physical sciences, [...] More

CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • 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

Craft Research Fund—Project Grant

  • Application Deadline: 10/1/2020
  • Amount: $15,000
  • The purpose of the Craft Research Fund is to advance, expand and support scholarship in United States. The Project Grant is a $15,000 award for research, writing, support documentation, images or rights to use images or text, as part of craft research yet to be completed. Recipients are notified in December. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

CSUB Armand Hammer Fine Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Armand Hammer Fine Arts Scholarship was established to support CSUB students majoring in Fine Arts (e.g., theatre, music, art, etc.). In order to apply, you must fulfill the following criteria: be enrolled full-time; majoring in Fine Arts; upper-division; minimum 3.0 GPA; be in the top 20% of their Fine Arts discipline; exhibit outstanding talent in your field. Preference is given to those [...] More

CSUB Channing & Kullijian Arts Scholarship (SS&E)

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The CSUB Channing & Kullijian Arts Scholarship (SS&E) was established to support creative visual and performing arts students and candidates for teacher credentials in art education. Applicants must: be an undergraduate, graduate or credential student enrolled full-time; be pursuing a degree in visual or performing arts or a teaching credential in art education; have a minimum grade point average [...] More

CSUB Dorothy Florence Zaninovich Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The CSUB Dorothy Florence Zaninovich Scholarship Fund was established for students pursuing a degree in the School of Arts and Humanities. Eligible applicants must reside in Kern County (preference for a Delano resident), and be in good academic standing – no specific GPA requirement. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

CSUB Dr. Ray Geigle Merit Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The CSUB Dr. Ray Geigle Merit Scholarship was created in by friends, colleagues, and students in honor of the superb service of Dr. Ray Geigle, former Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

CSUB William & Janet Lahey Art Education and Visual Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • This CSU Scholarship was established to encourage students to pursue a post-baccalaureate program leading to a high school single-subject teaching credential in visual arts. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Emily M. Hewitt & Stephen Stocking Memorial Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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

Foundation for the Carolinas Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/4/2021
  • 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

Frederick R. Layton Art Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/8/2021
  • 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: 5/31/2021
  • 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

GRCF Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • 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 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 GPA. For more [...] More

GRCF Mathilda & Carolyn Gallmeyer Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • 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: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Paul Collins Scholarship is for undergraduate level students studying fine or applied arts. 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 provider's [...] More

Haymarket Gallery Emerging Artists Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
  • 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: 1/20/2021
  • 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: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Hopson-Laurent Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 to benefit qualified applicants from Fort Towson and Choctaw County, Oklahoma. Applicants must be: accepted for enrollment, or enrolled in a two or four-year undergraduate program at an accredited college or university; graduates of a public or private high school in Choctaw County, Oklahoma. Preference is given to graduates of high [...] More

Iowa Scholarships for the Arts

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Iowa Scholarship for the Arts is a $1,500 scholarship to help support student's future arts education. Applicants must be outstanding Iowa high school seniors who excel and demonstrate a commitment to pursuing an education and career in the arts. Applicants must also plan to attend college in Iowa and major in the fine arts. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

ISI Henry Salvatori Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The ISI Salvatori Fellowship seeks to further an understanding and appreciation of the principles held by the American Founding Fathers and the culture that formed their values and views. Eligible applicants must: be members of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute; and, pursuing graduate studies for the purpose of teaching at the collegiate level. Pre-professional students (medical, law, [...] More

Jane T. Anderson Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
  • 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: 2/1/2021
  • 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: 3/1/2021
  • 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: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

Marion Barr Stanfield Art Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2021
  • 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. Winners are notified in May. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

MSU Moorhead Incoming Freshman Talent Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • MSUM Talent Scholarships are awarded to Minnesota State University Moorhead students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the areas of art, music, cinema arts and digital technologies or theater arts. Department faculty select talent awards. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state (and a US citizen). Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Scholarships are renewable for four years of college in the state of Washington. [...] More

Oklahoma Future Teachers Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Future Teachers Scholarship Program was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as an incentive to encourage the preparation of teachers in critical shortage areas in the public schools of Oklahoma.

    Eligibility:
    -The student must be a resident of Oklahoma
    -The student must be nominated by the college in which they are enrolled on the basis of: cumulative high [...] More

PEGTV Courcelle Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • 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: 3/30/2021
  • 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: 4/1/2021
  • 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
  • Graduate Fellowships may be awarded to applicants in any SCAD graduate program or geographic location who have been determined, through the admission process, to be exceptionally strong candidates for advanced study and scholarship. The number of fellowships awarded on an annual basis may vary according to the number of applicants and their qualifications. Students awarded a Graduate Fellowship [...] More

The Foundation Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 5/5/2021
  • 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
  • The Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide and has provided approximately 310,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research in each others' countries and exchange ideas. Fulbright eligibility requirements vary by program and country of citizenship. For specific contact information, eligibility requirements and limits on the number of awards by [...] More

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: $8,000
  • Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students. Approximately $500,000 is available each year for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan Chicago area, who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers. [...] More

The Kress Foundation History of Art Grants Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The History of Art program supports scholarly projects that will enhance the appreciation and understanding of European art and architecture. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development, and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, museum exhibitions and publications, photographic campaigns, [...] More

The Kress Foundation History of Art Institutional Fellowships

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Advanced training in European art history requires direct exposure to the object of study, prolonged access to key information resources such as libraries and photographic archives, the development of professional relationships with colleagues abroad, and sustained immersion in European cultures. Six pre-doctoral Kress Institutional Fellowships in the History of European Art will be awarded each [...] More

The Kress Foundation Interpretive Fellowships at Art Museums

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • Amount: $30,000
  • Kress Interpretive Fellowships provide competitive grants to American art museums which sponsor supervised internships in art museum education. Preference is given to institutional applications that will provide fellows with an opportunity to collaborate closely with both art museum educators and curators, and will advance the appreciation of European art history of the pre-modern era. For [...] More

The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship recipients will receive a trip to NYC where they will participate in career building activities including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, two daylong career & professional development workshops and a scholarship and donor recognition reception. Applicants must be from a minority ethnic group and be a full-time student at a four-year accredited [...] More

Walt Disney Imaginations Design Competition Project Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 10/11/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Disney Imaginations invites students to create an iconic installation on their campus or city that serves as an inspiration, honors the past, and is a vision of the future. Applicants can form teams to two to four participants. To qualify, each team participant must be a student at least 18 years of age with junior, senior or equivalent standing or full-time graduate student in a college or [...] More

Zinggia Art Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/7/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Zinggia Ohio Art Scholarship was started to help art students in Ohio further their education in the visual arts field. The Zinggia Ohio Art Scholarship is available yearly to a deserving Ohio high school senior to pursue a career in illustration, graphic design, photography, or any other art-related program. The mission of the Zinggia Ohio Art Scholarship is to provide financial assistance [...] More

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Art Scholarships