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Top 20 Photography Scholarships for Students in December 2022
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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Keep on reading to learn more about our top photography scholarships including eligibility, award amounts, and deadlines!
Top 20 Photography Scholarships for Students in December 2022
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
- The scholarship requires paid membership in an organization (with certain exceptions for reputable trade organizations and others)
- Student are required to sign up for a site or service to apply*
- The scholarship seems primarily used for lead generation** or idea harvesting purposes***
- The scholarship website has many grammatical errors and/or advertisements
- The scholarship or scholarship providing organization seem untrustworthy
- There is no evidence the scholarship was previously awarded
- The scholarship has not been awarded in the past 12 months
- There is no available contact information
If you believe a scholarship has been published in error, please reach out to [email protected] and we’ll take a look!
* 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.
$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship
Easy scholarship open to all US-based high school, college, community college and graduate students.
$2,000 Nitro College Scholarship – No Essay
Easy scholarship open to all high school, college, community and graduate students.
Niche $50,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship
Open to high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.
Trevor Coopersmith Urban Art Scholarship
Offered by Trevor Coopersmith
Open to artistic individuals who use art to creatively benefit their communities.
F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship
Offered by Peter Belin
Open to individuals planning to make their chosen fine art their life's work. Being from Pennsylvania is preferred, but not required.
“Follow Your Own Path” Essay Scholarship
Open to all postsecondary students, regardless of the type of training/education they are pursuing.
“Outstanding Undergraduate” Essay Scholarship
Open to current undergraduates at four-year universities in the U.S.
Iowa Scholarships for the Arts
Offered by Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
Open to high school seniors in Iowa who intend to pursue a major in the arts at an Iowa university.
CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship
Offered by Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Open to African-American or Black students pursuing a degree in visual arts.
Greater than Gatsby Annual Scholarship
Offered by Greater than Gatsby
Open to students majoring in photography or another creative, arts, or design related field.
$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship
Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.
Ocean Awareness Art Contest
Offered by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs
Open to middle and high school students who create an unconventional art/think piece addressing climate change.
Pretty Photoshop Actions Annual Scholarship
Offered by Pretty Presets & Actions
Open to high school seniors and college students in the U.S. or Canada who are interested in Photoshop.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Offered by Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
Open to students in grades 7 - 12 who create art and/or written pieces following the year's prompt.
HSLDA Quarterly Art Contest
Offered by Home School Legal Defense Association
Open to students aged 7 - 19 who create art with influences from American Folk art, American Realism, and the Hudson River School.
The James Alan Cox Foundation Student Photojournalism Scholarship
Offered by The James Alan Cox Foundation
Open to high school, college, and graduate students who submit photojournalistic images.
HIE Help Center Scholarship for Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Students
Offered by HIE Help Center
Postsecondary students pursuing a career in physical or speech therapy who submit a creative project about why they chose the field.
AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships
Offered by American Institute of Graphic Arts
Open to postsecondary students pursuing a degree in graphic design, illustration, or photography.
$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship
Easy scholarship open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.
Niche $2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship
Easy scholarship from Niche open to all high school, college, and graduate students.
Resources for photography students
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.
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.
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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