Art Scholarships

The academic field of art features many concentrations within its domain. Within this field you can study everything from art history to photography. While there are art scholarships for many of these concentrations, you'll first need to determine if it's the visual or the performing arts that interest you. After you've made that determination, you should be able to focus your art scholarship search so as to make the most of your efforts.

The major of visual arts is also referred to as fine arts or studio arts. In this field you generally choose a type of studio art, such as painting, and concentrate on that mode of expression. Examples of other concentrations include sculpture, print making, ceramics, animation, glass blowing, metalsmithing and textile arts. Classes in this major are not like the traditional college courses found in majors such as English or history. In the place of lectures and didactic instruction, you'll have studio time where you'll work on projects, develop your portfolio and learn the subtleties behind receiving and issuing criticism.

The performing arts include concentrations such as drama and theater arts, music performance and dance. These programs are offered in a wide range of formats and styles. Initially, you'll have to choose between a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program. When it comes to the performing arts, the BFA is generally more rigorous and the BA programs provide you with a broader, more well-rounded educational experience. Which style of program will work best for you depends on what you plan on doing after you graduate.

The employment prospects for these varied fields is hardly a concise picture. Job opportunities vary dramatically depending on what you study. Clearly, fields such as digital art and graphic design feature a rosier employment picture over the coming decade than a major such as dance. But even this intuitive fact is not set in stone. When it comes to graphic design the current trend is to farm out the basic design work to oversees firms. And while the field of dance is overcrowded with talented graduates, there are a growing number of job opportunities is areas such as dance education and arts administration.

Follow the links below to learn more about art scholarships. 

American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship

One-year support for women who will have earned a doctoral degree by November 15. Sixteen fellowships are available: four each in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, one unrestricted, and one designated for a woman from an underrepresented minority group in any field. Designed to assist scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. Tenured professors are not eligible.

Imagine America High School Scholarship

The Imagine America Foundation created its Imagine America High School Scholarship Program in 1998 to help provide scholarships for high school students. This annual scholarship program has helped thousands of high school seniors afford a career education at hundreds of career schools across the United States. Each year, every high school in the United States and Puerto Rico may nominate up to five graduating seniors to receive a $1,000 Imagine America scholarship!

Lawrence Matson Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund

Through the Lawrence Matson Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund, the foundation awards $8,000 and $10,000 college and graduate scholarships and college and graduate scholarships of up to $2,500 per semester to Alaska Natives who are original enrollees and the direct lineal descendants of original enrollees of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. for studies in language, education, social sciences, arts, communications, and law.

Elk Grove Quilt Guild/Fashion Fabric Design Scholarship

School/Area Eligibility For Scholarship: * Elk Grove High * Laguna Creek High * Sheldon High * Florin High * Monterey Trail High * Valley High * Franklin High * Pleasant Grove High * Calvine High * William Daylor High * Las Flores * Rio CazaderoMinimum Required Grade Point Average: 3.0Financial Need: NoPost Secondary Type of School: 4 Year College or UniversityVocational College, Community CollegeSpecific Requirements for Applying: Interest in Fabric DesignAttendance Requirement: * Full-Time Student * Part-Time StudentRequired Participation In School Activities: YesRequired Participation In Community Activities: YesAdditional Qualifications:Interest in interior design, fabric fashion design, 3-D art, collage, fine arts design with fabric element, with final goal to work in field of fabric design by designing or teaching.Required Letters of Recommendation: Required 2 - School officials

Harold William Scholarship

Eligibility: • Major in Art, Art History, or Studio Art GPA: 3.0

Sophia Scholar & Elise Lipscomb Ferguson Scholarship

Eligibility:# Open to: All Junior and senior undergraduate members and alumnae members# Additional Criteria: Awarded for pursuit of study in any of the arts, recipient must demonstrate creative ability

BBDO Minority Education and Training Fund Scholarships

The BBDO MET Fund awards academic scholarships to minorities, women, and those who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act to encourage the pursuit of careers in advertising. Applicants must demonstrate leadership qualities defined by a record of involvement in extracurricular activities in college and/or community. Type: Undergraduate Study Eligibility Requirements: Class standing Freshman - Sophomore - Junior - Senior - Discipline/Area of Study Arts/Humanities Business Citizenship U.S. Citizen Permanent Resident Submission Requirements: Application Form Transcripts Current college Letters of Recommendation 2 Resume Personal Essay 250 words disccusing your interest in the advertising business.

Presidential Scholarships in the Arts

The College of Fine Arts awards a limited number of performance-bases Presidential Scholarships for students with high academics and outstanding talent. These awards are half-tuition waivers for either in-state or out-of-state students. The Presidential Scholarship is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

American Association of Japanese University Women Scholarship

The American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW) was founded to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to U.S. - Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership. Every year, since the founding of the organization, scholarships have been awarded to outstanding female students. Type: Undergraduate Study Graduate Study Eligibility Requirements Class standing - - Junior - Senior - Graduate Student Discipline/Area of Study Arts/Humanities Natural Sciences Social/Behavioral Sciences Business Engineering Public Service Citizenship U.S. Citizen Permanent Resident Other Visa Status Students should be a contributor to U.S.-Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and the development of leadership in the area of her designated field. Submission Requirements Letters of Recommendation - 2 To request an application, send a SASE to the organization.

The GEDDES Creativity Scholarship Contest

We’re looking for fun, original designs that students in grades K – 12 would find appealing. We’re not looking for product ideas. We’re looking for fun designs that could be applied to pencils, bookmarks, folders and other products.

Sculptors Guild

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Art & Design Student working in sculpture, and/or fabricating metal, and working concurrently at the School of Art & Design/SJSU metal foundry facility.

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