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Celebrate The West

Offered by Western Governors' Foundation (WGF)

Reviewed by Brian GeigerLast updated Aug 17, 2023
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

High School Students

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

April 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a high school student residing in the American west or U.S. territories whose Governors participate in the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association (WGA)? More importantly, do you love where you live and have a passion for art? If so, you might consider applying for the Celebrate the West Contest! Each year, the scholarship awards between $200 and $1,500 to 23 lucky students who create a piece of artwork that most thoughtfully reflects an insight about the West or the applicant’s relation to the West. In order to apply, you simply need to email a digital copy of your artwork and your entry form to [email protected]. If you’re passionate about art and have some insights about where you live, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a high school student in the 17 Western states and/or three U.S. territories whose Governors participate in the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association (WGA).

Grade Level

High School Students

Minimum GPA

No GPA requirement

Academic Interest

Visual & Performing Arts, Photography/Photojournalism


Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, submit a piece of original artwork that relates to one (or some) of the following questions: What does the West mean to you? What does it mean to call the West home? What have we learned about its complex past and what do we imagine its future looks like?

No essay

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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Western Governors' Foundation (WGF) at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the Celebrate The West is not renewable.
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