Visual Arts Scholarships

Here are some of the Visual Arts scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

John C. Santistevan Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship is available to deserving high school seniors majoring in visual arts from the Metropolitan Los Angeles Area.

Lois Livingston McMillen Memorial Fund

Provides scholarship support to women who are actively pursuing, or would like to pursue, an artistic career, with preference to artists in the visual arts of painting and design. Annual awards have ranged from $500-$4,000.

Art Scholarship Alert

Art Scholarship Alert is a juried art exhibition and scholarship competition for grades 9 through 12, from over twenty Lansing area communities. This program is designed to give recognition and financial assistance for outstanding art students, encourage artistic growth and to provide an opportunity to participate as artists in a professional setting.Young artists learn commitment to a goal and gain self-confidence as they aspire to artistic excellence. Their successes establish them as significant role models for younger students. Students are required to submit a portfolio of five original works of art to be juried by a team of professional artists and educators.Acceptance to the exhibition is determined by the consistency of excellence in each portfolio (not each individual piece) and is judged exclusively within its own grade level. Since 1984 Art Scholarship Alert has awarded over $80,000 to young artists to help further their creative endeavors.In addition to the portfolio competition, students at the senior level may apply for the Sara Jane Venable Scholarship.To qualify for this $1000 award the student must demonstrate an exceptional record of achievement and involvement in the visual arts, prove a commitment to advanced study, write an essay for review, and present a portfolio of artwork including slides. A special panel of jurors selects one senior each year to receive this prestigious award.

John Allen and John Blank Memorial Scholarship

Sponsor: The Blank FamilyAmount: One award of $800Use: Two-four year college/universityCriteria: 1. Minimum GPA of 3.02. Child of a classroom teacher3. Shows interest in the artsFinancial aid will be considered

Bill Bendiner and Doug Morgenson Scholarship

For students pursuing a career in human services, health sciences or visual arts.

Jack D. Motteler Scholarship

For students in the visual arts.

Patricia Van Kirk Scholarship

For lesbians studying theater or visual arts with a commitment to social justice.

Ric Ulrich and Chuck Pischke Scholarship

For candidates intending studies that involve visual arts and design.

NAC Scholarships

The Nantucket Arts Council provides scholarships to those year-round Nantucket residents who are graduating high school seniors and who wish to continue their education in the arts at the college level.The Council will support study in the fields of music, dance, literature, drama, and the visual arts. Scholarships will be awarded to students attending accredited institutions and who are majoring in the arts.The scholarships will be awarded based upon the merits of the candidate, recommendations, interviews, and examples of candidates work.

ChiGems Art & Poetry Scholarship

Amount of Award: $250.00 awarded every other month - 6 awards per yearApplication Requirements/Description: Scholarship for high school students in grades 9 through 12.You must have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students in grades 9-12 currently enrolled in a public or non-public schools in the United States, and adult non-professionals who wish to continue their art education. The scholarship will be distributed to any accredited school in the United States.Art will be judged on:Beauty- (Beauty is in eye of the beholder) 1. Repeating shapes, patterns, and symmetry. 2. Use of color, especially colors that complement or enhance each other. 3. Textures, both visual and physical (like thick, impasto paint). 4. Crops and compositions that focus the eye and keep the viewers’ attention. 5. Movement or flow to guide viewers through the art. 6. Correct or appealing proportions of figures and objects. 7. PresentationThe essays are judged two ways: 1. Need based - Determined by the financial needs of the student. Explain to us why you need this scholarship. 2. Merit based - Determined by how a student has affected his/her community for the better. Explain how you have contributed to your community and why you deserve this scholarship.Essays are required to have a minimum of 250 to a maximum of 500 words.

Presidential Scholars in the Arts

Each year, 20 YoungArts Finalists are named U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. At the request of The Commission on Presidential Scholars, which is appointed by the President of the United States, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, through its YoungArts program serves as the exclusive nominating agency for U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Participants in the YoungArts program are the only students eligible to receive the designation of Presidential Scholars in the Arts (PSA), based on their artistic and academic achievements. Being named a Presidential Scholar is the highest scholastic honor available to graduating high school seniors. Each year, a group of 60 PSA nominees are selected from the 150 YoungArts Finalists. From these students, 20 winners are chosen by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and named U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, alongside 120 academic scholars at a White House ceremony. In addition to this once in a lifetime honor, the visual artists, photographers and writers present their work in an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the performing artists perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; truly a life changing experience for any young artist.

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Awards Program

Application Deadline: Applications are welcomed throughout the year Amount of Award: Each grant is in the amount of $12,500.00 Canadian Contest : Yes Scholarships expanded for Visual Arts Award Description: The purpose of the foundation is to aid talented young artist in the early stages of their careers. Awards are limited to candidates working in the following: painting; drawing; printmaking; sculpture. Grants are awarded to applicants of all nationalities. Application Requirements: Work must be representational or figurative - abstract or non-representational art is precluded by the terms of the Foundation's Charter To be eligible for a grant candidates are required: - to have already started or completed training in an established school of art; and/or - to demonstrate, through past work and future plans, a commitment to making art a lifetime career. Applicants must have started or completed art school training or must demonstrate through past work and future plans a commitment to making art a lifetime career. Funds may be used for any art-related purpose: travel, studio-rental, purchase of materials, etc. To receive an application for this scholarship write to address below. Please note: You do NOT need to include a self addressed stamped envelope for this scholarship.

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