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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 Fellowship - Visual Arts and Art History

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 students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline and, as such has awarded nearly $5 million to Virginia’s artists since the program’s creation over 70 years ago. The VMFA Fellowship program was established in 1940 through a generous contribution made by the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Offered through VMFA Statewide, Fellowships are still largely funded through the Pratt endowment, and supplemented by annual gifts from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation and the J. Warwick McClintic, Jr. Scholarship Fund. The Fellowship program has a long and established history of supporting Virginia’s artistic talent and has helped to further the careers and studies of many distinguished individuals, including recent recipients Rick Alverson of Richmond, Michelle Erickson of Hampton, and Megan Marlatt of Orange. VMFA offers $8,000 awards to professional artists, $6,000 awards to graduate students, and $4,000 awards to undergraduate students. Applicants may apply in the disciplines of Crafts, Drawing, Film/Video, Mixed Media, New/Emerging Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Art History (graduate students only). All applicants must be legal residents of Virginia and student applicants must be enrolled full-time in degree-seeking programs. Applicants’ works are reviewed anonymously by distinguished jurors and awards are made based on artistic merit. The deadline for Fellowship applications is Friday, November 7, 2014. We ask that you please encourage interested students and professional artists to apply. Full eligibility criteria, an application, and a printable PDF flyer can be found at www.VMFA.museum/fellowships.

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.

Scholarship Award Program

Over $1,700,000 in tuition scholarships are being offered in both degree and diploma programs to Florida high school graduates. These scholarships are available in such diverse specialties as business administration, electronic engineering technology, drafting and computer assisted design, secretarial, fashion merchandising and design, accounting, cartooning/illustration, court reporting, professional mariner, culinary arts, hospitality management, private investigation, nail and skin care technology, respiratory therapy technician, travel and tourism, cosmetology, video film production and recording arts, automotive service technology, photography, industrial design technology, music and video business, allied health administration, air conditioning and refrigeration technology, paralegal studies, interior design, therapeutic massage, rescue and advanced open water diving, cardiovascular technologist, visual communication, medical or dental assisting and other business, health care and technical/career fields.

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.

University Art Center Gift Certificates

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Art & Design $100 to each area: (1) any undergraduate art student, both B.A. and B.F.A. programs; (2) any graduate student, both M.A. and M.F.A. programs; (3) any graphic design student; and (4) any illustration student.

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.

Martin J. Svaglic Humanities Scholarship

Two $2,500 per year scholarships will be awarded to qualified new freshmen or transfer students who have been admitted into one of the following areas in the humanities: classical studies, communication, English, fine arts, history, modern languages, philosophy, theology or theatre. Prospective candidates must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. New freshmen must: have a minimum 26 on the ACT or an 1170 on the SAT; and be admitted to Loyola prior to February 25. All qualified, admitted students should complete the application and it must be returned by March 1. The recipients will be notified by April 1.

Harry Moore Memorial Scholarship In The Arts

* One scholarship awarded annually worth up to US$10,000 per annum * For study at the undergraduate and graduate levels with preference given to the latter * Approved fields of study are the fine, visual and performing arts, as well as arts education * Samples or work and/or auditions and interviews are required * Candidates must fill out the Academic Scholarship Application Form as well as the Arts Supplement Form Giving primarily in the Bahamas.

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.

Arts Scholarship Program

The Arts Scholarship Fund, founded in 1999, awards scholarships to high school students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing an education and/or career in any of the various fields of the arts including the performance of music, drama, dance, and the creativity of visual art such as fine art and graphic design. Award Amount: $1,000 Max. Projected # of Awards: 1 - 2

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