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    Top 40 Photography Scholarships for Students in May 2024

    Written by Will Geiger

    Will Geiger is the co-founder of Scholarships360 and has a decade of experience in college admissions and financial aid. He is a former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Kenyon College where he personally reviewed 10,000 admissions applications and essays. Will also managed the Kenyon College merit scholarship program and served on the financial aid appeals committee. He has also worked as an Associate Director of College Counseling at a high school in New Haven, Connecticut. Will earned his master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania and received his undergraduate degree in history from Wake Forest University.

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    Updated: May 3rd, 2024

    Do you love to take pictures? If so, you can put your photography skills to use by applying for photography scholarships. Whether you are snapping pictures for your Instagram account or are a serious photographer, there are a number of great scholarships available to you.

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    The Scholarships360 Research Team reviews all scholarships individually and strives to exclude any scholarship where any of the below applies:

    • The scholarship requires a fee to apply
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    * There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the sponsoring organization is a major corporation or nonprofit with its own scholarship application system.
    ** Lead generation scholarships will require students to sign up for an app or website and require minimal (if any) application requirements.
    ***Idea harvesting scholarships will require students to submit blog posts or other materials that companies may use for marketing purposes.

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    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    “Creativity Takes Courage” Scholarship for Art Students

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    This award is open to students studying any form of visual and/or performing arts who write an essay expressing their views on creativity and courage.…Show More

    This award is open to students studying any form of visual and/or performing arts who write an essay expressing their views on creativity and courage.…Show More

    This award is open to students studying any form of visual and/or performing arts who write an essay expressing their views on creativity and courage. The French artist Henri Matisse once said, “another word for creativity is courage.” Artists can be loved and appreciated for their work, but they also have the potential to be criticized and rejected. Releasing art into the world involves overcoming fear and self-doubt. Even the most successful artists grapple with questions like “am I good enough?” or “will people like this?” If you’re a creative student who has ever struggled with these questions, we encourage you to apply for this scholarship! See the “Application Information” section below for details regarding the essay prompt. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. We look forward to reading your application! Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    $40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    Against The Grain Artistic Scholarship

    Offered by Against the Grain Productions

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Against the Grain Productions

    Are you a high school senior or college student of at least 25% Asian of Pacific Islander heritage who is (or will be) pursuing a…Show More

    Are you a high school senior or college student of at least 25% Asian of Pacific Islander heritage who is (or will be) pursuing a…Show More

    Are you a high school senior or college student of at least 25% Asian of Pacific Islander heritage who is (or will be) pursuing a major in a performing or visual art field, journalism, and/or mass communications? If so, the Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to an Asian/Pacific Islander applicant with an impressive artistic portfolio and thoughtful essay about their art. The scholarship is funded by Against the Grain Productions, an organization dedicated to promoting leadership, unity, and artistry in the Asian American community. If you would like to display your artwork while receiving financial help for college, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Rick Jowett Fellowship

    Offered by Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation

    The Rick Jowett Fellowship was established by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation to support educational opportunities for photographers and videographers who work in media in…Show More

    The Rick Jowett Fellowship was established by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation to support educational opportunities for photographers and videographers who work in media in…Show More

    The Rick Jowett Fellowship was established by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation to support educational opportunities for photographers and videographers who work in media in Wisconsin. Recipients of the fellowship can use the grant for professional development in the areas of photography and videography. Applicants must specify how the funds will be used. Potential uses include but are not limited to courses offered by the National Press Photographers Association, the Poynter Institute, or any accredited college or university. Keep on reading to learn more!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    The American Advertising Federation-New Mexico (AAF-NM) Scholarship Fund

    Offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,400
    Deadline Jun 6, 2024
    Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students

    Offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation

    Are you an undergraduate upperclassman or graduate student from New Mexico who is attending a New Mexico four-year nonprofit or public educational institution to pursue…Show More

    Are you an undergraduate upperclassman or graduate student from New Mexico who is attending a New Mexico four-year nonprofit or public educational institution to pursue…Show More

    Are you an undergraduate upperclassman or graduate student from New Mexico who is attending a New Mexico four-year nonprofit or public educational institution to pursue a course of study related to advertising or communications? If so, you may be eligible for the American Advertising Federation-New Mexico (AAF-NM) Scholarship Fund! Each year, the scholarship awards 1-2 awards worth up to $1,400 each to New Mexico residents at an in-state university who have a passion for advertising and/or communications. Eligible fields of study include business with a marketing emphasis, journalism with an advertising emphasis, strategic communications, advertising and marketing, or graphic design, fine art, photography, or illustration while maintaining a career focus in advertising or public relations. If you're a New Mexican undergraduate upperclassman or graduate student who is attending an in-state university to study advertising or communications-related fields, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,400
    Deadline Jun 6, 2024
    Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Pretty Photoshop Actions Annual Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Pretty Presets & Actions

    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Oct 15, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Pretty Presets & Actions

    Are you a high school senior or college student interested in photo editing? If so, check out the Pretty Photoshop Actions Annual Scholarship! The scholarship…Show More

    Are you a high school senior or college student interested in photo editing? If so, check out the Pretty Photoshop Actions Annual Scholarship! The scholarship…Show More

    Are you a high school senior or college student interested in photo editing? If so, check out the Pretty Photoshop Actions Annual Scholarship! The scholarship is open to current or prospective college students who are looking to fund their education and write an essay-style tutorial for Adobe Photoshop. A photography business called Pretty Presents & Actions offers the scholarship award annually. The company was started in 2009 and is passionate about providing photo editing services and photography-related products to an international audience. Each year, the business awards $500 to help the lucky recipient pay for their college degree. If you’re a student interested in Adobe Photoshop and looking to fund your education, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Oct 15, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    HSLDA Contests

    Offered by Home School Legal Defense Association

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Triannual
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by Home School Legal Defense Association

    The HSLDA Contests are funded by the Home School Legal Defense Association, an organization dedicated to protecting parents' rights to homeschooling and providing homeschooling families…Show More

    The HSLDA Contests are funded by the Home School Legal Defense Association, an organization dedicated to protecting parents' rights to homeschooling and providing homeschooling families…Show More

    The HSLDA Contests are funded by the Home School Legal Defense Association, an organization dedicated to protecting parents' rights to homeschooling and providing homeschooling families with the necessary resources. Each year, the Home School Legal Defense Association Contests award scholarships of varying amounts to multiple homeschooled students aged 7-19 (2nd graders through high school seniors) who create and submit original pieces of artwork, videos, or writing. The contests are split into six types: Poetry, Video, Photo, Short Story, Art, and Essay. Each year, the Poetry and Video Contests run from February 1 - April 1, the Photo and Short Story Contests run from June 1 - August 1, and the Art and Essay Contests run from October 1 - December 1. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Triannual
    Grade Level High School Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

    Offered by Alliance for Young Artists & Writers

    Multiple awards worth up to $12,500
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by Alliance for Young Artists & Writers

    Are you a middle or high school student with a love for creative writing or artwork? If so, consider applying for the Scholastic Art &…Show More

    Are you a middle or high school student with a love for creative writing or artwork? If so, consider applying for the Scholastic Art &…Show More

    Are you a middle or high school student with a love for creative writing or artwork? If so, consider applying for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! The contest is broken up into 28 separate categories/competitions, each with its own age requirements and prompts. Winners will receive between $500 and $12,500, depending on the category. The awards are offered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization with a mission to “identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.”  If you’re a middle or high school student who’s been wanting to put their creative skills to work, this may be a great opportunity for you. We encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $12,500
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level High School Students
    Get Started

    Academy of Special Dreams College Scholarship Fund

    Offered by Academy of Special Dreams

    Multiple awards worth $250 - $1,000
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Academy of Special Dreams

    Are you pursuing a full- or part-time course of study in the arts? If so, you may be eligible for a scholarship from the Academy…Show More

    Are you pursuing a full- or part-time course of study in the arts? If so, you may be eligible for a scholarship from the Academy…Show More

    Are you pursuing a full- or part-time course of study in the arts? If so, you may be eligible for a scholarship from the Academy of Special Dreams College Scholarship Fund. These scholarship opportunities are for students with a disability who have demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is jointly funded by the College Scholarship Fund and the Working Artists Fund. The College Scholarship Fund targets traditional college-aged students with disabilities who are pursuing either a full- or part-time course of study in any medium of Art. The Working Artists Fund is focused on the disabled adult artist who actively pursues a career or vocation in any artistic field and who occasionally requires financial support to further that career or vocation. If either (or both) of these apply to you, we encourage you to apply for the Academy of Special Dreams College Scholarship Fund! Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $250 - $1,000
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
    Apply

    Greater than Gatsby Annual Scholarship

    Offered by Greater than Gatsby

    2 awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Greater than Gatsby

    Are you a visual artist and content creator? If so, you might consider applying for the Greater than Gatsby Annual Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship…Show More

    Are you a visual artist and content creator? If so, you might consider applying for the Greater than Gatsby Annual Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship…Show More

    Are you a visual artist and content creator? If so, you might consider applying for the Greater than Gatsby Annual Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to two (2) incoming and current post-secondary students who submit a selection of photos and a short essay describing their interest in/relationship to photography and its effect on their career choices. The scholarship is funded by Greater than Gatsby, one of the leading creators worldwide of professional Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions for photographers. If you’re passionate about visual arts, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    2 awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    South Dakota Retailers Association Scholarship Program

    Offered by South Dakota Retailers Association

    6 awards worth $2,100 - $3,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by South Dakota Retailers Association

    Looking to pursue a career in retail or hospitality? The South Dakota Retailers Association Scholarship Program is here to help! The program offers financial assistance…Show More

    Looking to pursue a career in retail or hospitality? The South Dakota Retailers Association Scholarship Program is here to help! The program offers financial assistance…Show More

    Looking to pursue a career in retail or hospitality? The South Dakota Retailers Association Scholarship Program is here to help! The program offers financial assistance to students studying in fields related to retail, including business administration, the culinary arts, Auto Mechanics, Landscape Design, Pharmacy, Photography, and more. As long as you're enrolled in a qualifying program at an accredited school and have graduated from a South Dakota high school, you're eligible to apply. Plus, if you've completed at least 24 credits from a college or university or 12 credits from a tech school or professional training institute, you're good to go. Don't have that much education under your belt? No worries - full-time work experience in lieu of the education requirement is also acceptable. Apply and take the first step towards your dream career! Show Less

    6 awards worth $2,100 - $3,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships

    Offered by American Institute of Graphic Arts

    Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by American Institute of Graphic Arts

    Are you a post-secondary student pursuing a degree in communication design, illustration, or photography? If so, the AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships may be a great opportunity…Show More

    Are you a post-secondary student pursuing a degree in communication design, illustration, or photography? If so, the AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships may be a great opportunity…Show More

    Are you a post-secondary student pursuing a degree in communication design, illustration, or photography? If so, the AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarships award up to $5,000 to multiple postsecondary students pursuing a degree in communication design (including graphic and visual design, interaction design, game design), illustration, or photography. Bear in mind that applicants should also plan on pursuing a career in the discipline they're pursuing a degree in. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Pretty Lightroom Presets Annual Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Pretty Presets & Actions

    1 award worth $500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Pretty Presets & Actions

    The Pretty Lightroom Presets Annual Scholarship is a chance for college and university students in the US and Canada to earn money for their education.…Show More

    The Pretty Lightroom Presets Annual Scholarship is a chance for college and university students in the US and Canada to earn money for their education.…Show More

    The Pretty Lightroom Presets Annual Scholarship is a chance for college and university students in the US and Canada to earn money for their education. To apply, students must research and write an 800+ word essay-style Adobe Lightroom tutorial, complete with original screenshots and photos. Acceptable topics can include any How-To Lightroom or Lightroom Mobile tutorial, a unique photography-related tutorial, or how Lightroom has changed photography. If you're a college student experienced with Adobe Tutorial, don't miss out on this opportunity to further your education and showcase your skills!Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
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    Top 5 photography scholarships overall

    We hand-picked the following photography scholarships based on prestigious organizations offering high awards to a wide number of students. Apply with confidence to the top 5 overall photography scholarships:

    How to win scholarships for photography students

    Don’t forget to brainstorm!

    Photography scholarship applications may look a little different from your average scholarship. Rather than strictly submitting essays, you’ll probably be submitting your photographs, perhaps with artist statements or essays to accompany them.

    Before you start sending out submissions, it’s a good idea to do a bit of brainstorming. Think about your goals and aspirations as a photographer. Try going over the following questions and jotting down the first things that come to mind when you ask them of yourself. Don’t worry about writing elegantly or succinctly; just get it down on a piece of paper to reference later. Try asking some trusted family members, friends, and mentors the same questions of yourself to get some other perspectives. This will prove invaluable as you begin your applications.

    Questions to consider

    • What was the first moment you know you wanted to be a photographer?
    • Who are your photographer heroes and why?
    • How do you want to change the world with your photography?
    • Why photography, out of all the artforms out there?
    • What do you want to say with your photography and why is it best said through the art of photo?
    • How have your personal experiences informed your work so far?

    Write strong statements and essays

    Once you have done some reflecting, it’s time to get to writing! We can help you write strong statements and essays with our guides on how to write an essay about yourself, how to write a winning scholarship essay, and how to tailor your writing to 250 and 500 word limits.

    It may also be your first time writing an artist statement. This is a unique type of writing that has its own style. Check out Art Prof’s guide on the artist statement to get an idea of what scholarship providers may be looking for. We can also help you start and end your essays, and respond to common scholarship essay prompts. Good luck!

    Also see: How to create your best college portfolio

    Resources for photography students

    National Press Photographers Association

    If you’re interested in photojournalism, this is a great association to check out and eventually join. They serve as advocates for the profession and connect photojournalist around the country to share ideas and resources. They also offer membership discounts to students.

    Professional Photographers of America

    As with any major, it’s a great idea to connect with some people in the field as you study your material. The Professional Photographers of America gives you the opportunity to do just that. You’ll connect with people who take photographs for a living and have the opportunity to ask them about their experience. You’ll be able to get advice and testimony about the field from people all over the world and of all different ages and fields of photography.

    Federal financial aid

    This one may seem obvious, but we want to make sure that every single student is filling out the FAFSA. The application qualifies you for institutional aid, as well as federal grants such as the Pell Grant and loans such as Stafford Loans. It’s free and easy to apply, and no matter your income or assets, you will qualify for at least some benefits. Be sure to complete the FAFSA before its deadline.

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    Frequently asked questions about photography scholarships

    Do I have to major in photography to get a photography scholarship?

    Many photography scholarships on this list, such as the Ocean Awareness Art Contest, only require that a student submit a photograph as their application. They do not have any major requirements. However, some scholarships do require that students major in photography or another visual art.

    Are there scholarships for photography students?

    There are many scholarships out there for photography students! Many general art and journalism scholarships are open to photography students, and there are also scholarships out there specifically for photography students. That includes the International Documentary Photography Scholarship.

    Can photography students apply for art scholarships?

    Yes, most scholarships that are open to students in the arts will be open to photography students. That being said, if the scholarship specifies particular subfields of art and does not include photography, you will not be eligible.

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