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Fine Arts 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.

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F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship

QUALIFICATIONS In the granting of scholarships, preference shall be given to residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Applicants should reside or have resided in the northeast region of Pennsylvania and be a citizen of the United States. Grants are made without distinction as to race, color, creed, or sex. The applicant need not be a graduate student, nor formally trained in any academic or professional program. The applicant must show that the scholarship will aid them in their development into professional artists. The granting of the award and the amount awarded is a matter of discretion of the Grant Selection Committee. PROCEDURES Applicant must furnish the Selection Committee with proof of exceptional ability in his or her chosen field and give evidence that this chosen field is intended to be his or her life's work. This ability must be demonstrated through a selection process which is initiated by completing an official application form. The application form must be supported by letters of recommendation from recognized artists, experts or judges in the pertinent field. Additionally, the application requires a detailed proposal for the use of the grant including a projected budget. TERMS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP The recipient may use the award only to finance an individual program or proposal which has had prior approval by the Selection Committee and the Board of Trustees of The Waverly Community House, Inc. The grant, awarded annually, is in the sum of up to $12,000. The proceeds of this grant represent taxable income in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service Code Section I 17, as amended. The grantor will file the necessary reports with the IRS concerning the award. The recipient is required to make two progress reports to the Administrative Chairperson. These reports are then presented to the Board of Trustees of The Waverly Community House. Failure to comply with these reports may result in the termination of the grant. There is no requirement that the award be made if in the judgment of the Selection Committee there is no qualified candidate. TIMETABLE Completed applications and proposals must be in the office of the Waverly Community House, Inc. on or before December 15th of each year. If the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday the applications must be postmarked on or before the 15th. All applicants will be informed within 90 days as to whether or not they have qualified as finalists. All finalists must appear in person before the Selection Committee for a final presentation of their work and for an interview. Each finalist will be notified of their status within one week of the presentations as to whether or not they have qualified as finalists. All finalists must appear in person before the Selection Committee. On or before November 1st, a progress report, including photographs and/or other suitable documentation of the work in progress, must be submitted to the Administrative Chairperson. On or before May 1st, a more complete and detailed report must be submitted to the Administrative Chairperson.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 2017-18 Visual Arts Fellowship

Now an online Application! The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship program is a vital source of funding for the visual arts and art history in Virginia. VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists and art, and art history students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline and has awarded nearly $5.5 million to Virginia’s artists since the program’s creation over 75 years ago. Awards are offered to: - Professional artists: $8000 - Full-time graduate students in the visual arts or art history: $6000 - Full-time undergrad. students in the visual arts (including college-bound high school seniors): $4000 Applicants must be citizen or permanent residents of the USA as well as current legal residents of Virginia. No application fee; Application deadline is Nov. 4, 2016 More information including the application form, full eligibility criteria, and a printable PDF-flyer available online at www.VMFA.museum/fellowships.

The David and Mary Jane Sursa Fine Arts Endowment

Sursa Fine Arts Scholarships are awarded to entering freshman students based on academics and performance in art, dance, theatre, or music. They are renewable for three additional years.

Ruth Swain Scholarship

Awarded yearly to outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior art majors.

Fine Arts Scholarship

The recipient must have and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Upperclass Scholarships

Art majors who are currently enrolled at Ball State are eligible to apply for scholarship money each year. To be eligible for scholarships, students must be currently enrolled as an art major and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall and a 3.5 GPA in their major in art. Applications are reviewed on the basis of a portfolio of work, essay, resume, and academic record. Scholarship applications are updated yearly and made available in April. Award winners are notified in June.

Outstanding Junior and Senior Scholarships

The awards are made possible by a generous donation from the Susan and John Turben Foundation. They are bestowed upon current Fine Arts’ students, performers or technicians who have participated or studied an arts discipline at The Fine Arts Association for a minimum of three years. The students should also intend to pursue artistic studies at an accredited college, university, or arts institute upon graduation.

Armenian Professional Society of the Bay Area

Criteria: 1. Must be a junior or higher. 2. Must have at least a 3.2 GPA. 3. Must have substantial involvement in Armenian affairs. 4. Must be interested in Armenian studies, music, fine arts, literature, cinematography, journalism, and teaching. Contact Information: Students in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.sfbay-aps.org/ for more information and an application form.

Fine Art Scholarships

The Department of Art awards a limited number of four-year performance scholarships to incoming freshmen in recognition of outstanding talent, leadership, and academic record. Recipients of the Fine Art Scholarships will receive $1,000 a year to apply to educational expenses at the university. This scholarship is renewable for a total of eight semesters provided the student maintains a cumulative GP A of 3.0.

Bates Scholarship

Female students who are U.S. citizens, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater and are majoring in Science, (Biology/Math), Liberal Arts, Education, Fine Arts (Humanities) or Business are eligible to apply.

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

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