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    Top 128 Art Scholarships in May 2024

    Written by Maria Geiger

    Maria Geiger is Director of Content at Scholarships360. She is a former online educational technology instructor and adjunct writing instructor. In addition to education reform, Maria’s interests include viewpoint diversity, blended/flipped learning, digital communication, and integrating media/web tools into the curriculum to better facilitate student engagement. Maria earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from Monmouth University, an M. Ed. in Education from Monmouth University, and a Virtual Online Teaching Certificate (VOLT) from the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Updated: May 16th, 2024

    Think that all the “good” scholarships are for academics, sports, or volunteering? Think again, creative artists! There are countless scholarships out there for art education, including visual arts scholarships, graphic design, music, theater, and more.

    A few of the fine arts scholarships require essays, some involve Duck Tape, and some ask for an artist’s portfolio, but all are worth a look. These scholarships for artists are also a great way to prove that your artistic skills stand out from the crowd!

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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

    Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

    Offered by Duck Tape

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $15,000
    Deadline Jun 5, 2024
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by Duck Tape

    Are you a high school student with a love for innovative fashion design? If so, we may have the perfect opportunity for you: the Stuck…Show More

    Are you a high school student with a love for innovative fashion design? If so, we may have the perfect opportunity for you: the Stuck…Show More

    Are you a high school student with a love for innovative fashion design? If so, we may have the perfect opportunity for you: the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest! Each year, the contest awards between $1,000 and $15,000 to the ten applicants who submit the most impressive prom dresses and tuxedo designs, made entirely from duct tape. The contest is offered by Duck Brand Duct Tape, a company with a long history of selling top-notch duct tape for a variety of purposes, now including making formal attire! If you’re a high school student wanting to put your fashion and creativity skills to the test, we encourage you to apply to the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest. Don’t duck out!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $15,000
    Deadline Jun 5, 2024
    Grade Level High School 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

    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

    WomenIn Scholarship

    Offered by Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences

    Multiple awards worth $2,500
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences

    The WomenIn Scholarship is funded by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, an organization that looks to cultivate an inclusive, worldwide, creative entertainment business…Show More

    The WomenIn Scholarship is funded by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, an organization that looks to cultivate an inclusive, worldwide, creative entertainment business…Show More

    The WomenIn Scholarship is funded by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, an organization that looks to cultivate an inclusive, worldwide, creative entertainment business community through collaboration, education, and professional development. Every year, their WomenIn Scholarship awards $2,500 to multiple college women pursuing or working as early professionals in game development in art, animation, programming, or engineering. 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 $2,500
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level College & 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

    Iowa Merit Awards for Dramatic Performance

    Offered by The Donna Reed Foundation

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

    Offered by The Donna Reed Foundation

    Are you a high school sophomore, junior, or senior from Iowa with a passion for the performing arts? If so, consider applying for the Iowa…Show More

    Are you a high school sophomore, junior, or senior from Iowa with a passion for the performing arts? If so, consider applying for the Iowa…Show More

    Are you a high school sophomore, junior, or senior from Iowa with a passion for the performing arts? If so, consider applying for the Iowa Merit Awards for Dramatic Performance! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $1,000 to multiple aspiring actors from Iowa high schools who are (1) studying acting and (2) have acted in official school productions sometime in the past two years. If you're eligible, we encourage you to apply and let your talent take center stage! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

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

    Cydni Lawson Morris Memorial Scholarship

    Offered by Brown Girls Do Ballet

    Multiple awards worth $500
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Brown Girls Do Ballet

    Are you a current or incoming first-generation college student who resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas? Further, do you have a passion for…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming first-generation college student who resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas? Further, do you have a passion for…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming first-generation college student who resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas? Further, do you have a passion for the arts? If so, you may be eligible for the Cydni Lawson Morris Memorial Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $500 to multiple high school seniors and current undergraduates from Dallas-Fort Worth who are part of the first generation of their family to attend college. While priority will be given to those who are racial/ethnic minorities and to those who demonstrate financial need, neither is required to apply. If you meet these eligibility criteria and love the arts, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $500
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College 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

    Student Academy Awards

    Offered by The Oscars

    Multiple awards worth $2,000 - $5,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate Students

    Offered by The Oscars

    Are you a college student interested in filmmaking? If so, consider applying for the Student Academy Awards! The competition is open to university students who…Show More

    Are you a college student interested in filmmaking? If so, consider applying for the Student Academy Awards! The competition is open to university students who…Show More

    Are you a college student interested in filmmaking? If so, consider applying for the Student Academy Awards! The competition is open to university students who submit film pieces that were made as part of coursework or a school project. Hosted by The Oscars or “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science”, the program serves as an international student film competition. The Academy is known for awarding filmmakers for artistic and technical merit across the American and international film industries. Thus, in 1972, they established the "Student Academy Awards" to support and encourage aspiring young filmmakers. Students may submit their films in one of four categories: narrative, documentary, animation, or alternative/experimental. Winning filmmakers in each category can earn up to $5,000. If you have a passion for filmmaking and would like to participate in a prestigious film competition, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $2,000 - $5,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level College & Graduate 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

    $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

    Foundation for Outdoor Advertising Research and Education (FOARE) Scholarship Program

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Out of Home Advertising Association of America

    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline Jun 10, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Out of Home Advertising Association of America

    The Foundation for Outdoor Advertising Research and Education (FOARE) Scholarship Program is funded by the Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA), an organization…Show More

    The Foundation for Outdoor Advertising Research and Education (FOARE) Scholarship Program is funded by the Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA), an organization…Show More

    The Foundation for Outdoor Advertising Research and Education (FOARE) Scholarship Program is funded by the Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA), an organization that looks to be a passionate advocate and a progressive thought leader that protects, unites, and advances the interests of the out-of-home (OOH) advertising industry. Every year, the Foundation for Outdoor Advertising Research and Education (FOARE) Scholarship Program awards $5,000 to multiple current and incoming postsecondary students. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details.Show Less

    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline Jun 10, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    JWSF Academic Scholarship

    Offered by Japanese Women's Society Foundation

    1 award worth up to $5,000
    Deadline Jun 15, 2024
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by Japanese Women's Society Foundation

    Are you a Hawaii resident who is enrolled or has been accepted to a graduate degree program in Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, or…Show More

    Are you a Hawaii resident who is enrolled or has been accepted to a graduate degree program in Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, or…Show More

    Are you a Hawaii resident who is enrolled or has been accepted to a graduate degree program in Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, or the Arts and Sciences? If so, you may be eligible for the JWSF Academic Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $5,000 to multiple graduate students who also demonstrate an interest and commitment to the field of Gerontology/Geriatrics based on coursework, research, and/or volunteerism. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and submit an essay addressing "the applicant’s plans for further academic training and how this would have an impact on the services for the elderly in Hawaii" to be considered. If you're a Hawaii resident with a passion for gerontology and/or geriatrics, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth up to $5,000
    Deadline Jun 15, 2024
    Grade Level Graduate 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

    Brown Girls Do, Inc. College Scholarship

    Offered by Brown Girls Do Ballet

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Brown Girls Do Ballet

    The Brown Girls Do, Inc. College Scholarship is funded by Brown Girls Do Ballet, an organization dedicated to helping increase the participation of underrepresented populations…Show More

    The Brown Girls Do, Inc. College Scholarship is funded by Brown Girls Do Ballet, an organization dedicated to helping increase the participation of underrepresented populations…Show More

    The Brown Girls Do, Inc. College Scholarship is funded by Brown Girls Do Ballet, an organization dedicated to helping increase the participation of underrepresented populations in ballet programs. This awareness is brought through organizing and arranging ballet performances, photo exhibitions, and providing resources and scholarships to assist young girls in their ballet development and training. Each year, the Brown Girls Do, Inc. College Scholarship awards $2,000 to multiple, full-time, female undergraduate students of color with a strong dance background. Priority will be given to first-generation students in college who demonstrate financial need, however, we invite all who qualify to apply. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more details.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Lessons In Your Home Scholarship

    Offered by Lessons In Your Home

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

    Offered by Lessons In Your Home

    The Lessons In Your Home Scholarship is an opportunity for college students to pursue their passion for music. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a…Show More

    The Lessons In Your Home Scholarship is an opportunity for college students to pursue their passion for music. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a…Show More

    The Lessons In Your Home Scholarship is an opportunity for college students to pursue their passion for music. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a U.S. institution and studying aspects of music, music business, performance, or production (major or minor in any music school program.). High school seniors are also welcome to apply. To be considered, applicants must provide proof of enrollment, an essay, and any other necessary information. This $500 scholarship can only be used for educational expenses including tuition, books, rooming, and other appropriate expenses. Don't miss out on this chance to further your music education!Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
    Get Started
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    Top 5 art scholarships overall

    We pick our art scholarships by finding trustworthy organizations who offer big rewards and have been offering their scholarships for a long period of time. Here are our editors’ picks for the top 5 art scholarships overall:

    How to win art scholarships

    Now that you’ve got a long list of art scholarships, it’s time to start applying! Crafting the perfect application can take some work, but we are here to help you through. Check out our guides on how to start and end a scholarship essay, how to write a winning scholarship essay, and the best ways to respond to a “Why do you deserve this scholarship?” prompt. We’ll also help you tailor your writing to 250 or 500 word limits, and write a scholarship resume. Good luck!

    Related: Top photography scholarships

    Resources for art students

    Students who are pursuing art as a career will have to learn how to meld their personal work with their professional life, in order to make money. One great way to learn how to do this is through professional organizations. Here are a few to consider joining:

    Society of Illustrators

    This non-profit offers networking opportunities, invitations to exhibits, art education programs, and a whole lot more. It also offers introductory membership pricing for students early in their careers. If you are an illustrator be sure to consider this organization!

    National Association of Independent Artists

    This organization works to help improve the economic situation of students of the fine arts. They help artists put on shows, advocate for their rights, and much more.

    American Federation of Musicians

    This organization has members all across the US and Canada who collaborate on projects, offer emergency funds in times of crisis, and much more. This is a great way to connect with other musicians and get an idea of what being a professional musician is like.

    Also see: Top 10 summer art programs for high school students

    Summary of art scholarships

    So, you can see by now that there are art scholarships out there for artists in every field. If you are an artist interested in climate change, be sure to check out the Ocean Awareness Art Scholarship. And if your interest lies in illustration, don’t miss the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship! Meanwhile, jazz musicians should be sure to apply for the Jazz at the Ballroom Scholarship.

    Remember, many of these scholarships have more specific requirements in addition to artform. You might find opportunities for students with a high GPA, graduate students, African American students, or Asian American students. At the end of the day, make sure to keep looking until you find the right fit for you, and be sure to check our free scholarship search tool for more opportunities!

    College-Specific Art Scholarships

    Always check in with your college or university (or colleges you are interested in) for art scholarship opportunities. Many colleges award scholarships for students with particular talents in the arts.

    Generally, college-specific scholarships for art require students to submit a portfolio, which will be the central part of your application for an artistic scholarship.

    Here are some colleges and universities that offer specific art scholarships:

    Denison University (Granville, OH)

    • Denison offers the Michele Myers Fellowship in the Arts for talented visual artists.

    Drew University (Madison, NJ)

    • The Drew Scholarship for the Arts is worth $1,000 per year over four years.

    Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)

    • Kenyon offers scholarships worth $15,000 per year renewable to studio artists.

    Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)

    • SMU offers scholarships to artists that vary in scholarship amount. However, the average scholarship is $5,000 per year.

    St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN)

    • St. Olaf offers talent-based scholarships to artists that are valued at $6,000 per year renewable.

    Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)

    • Wake Forest offers scholarships valued at $64,000, which equals $8,000 per semester, renewable for eight semesters of undergraduate study (20 scholarships are awarded each year)

    Top Easy Scholarships of May 2024

    Scholarship
    Amount
    Deadline
    Apply Link
    Scholarship:
    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship
    Amount:

    $10,000

    Deadline:

    June 30, 2024

    Jun 30, 2024

    Apply
    Scholarship Details +

    Easy scholarship open to all US-based high school, college, community college and graduate students.

    Scholarship:
    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship
    Amount:

    $2,000

    Deadline:

    May 31, 2024

    May 31, 2024

    Apply
    Scholarship Details +

    Easy $2,000 monthly scholarship. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school!

    Scholarship:
    Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship
    Amount:

    $25,000

    Deadline:

    May 31, 2024

    May 31, 2024

    Apply
    Scholarship Details +

    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!

    Frequently asked questions about art scholarships

    How do you get a scholarship for art?



    A great first place to start is this list! We have vetted all of the art scholarships listed here to ensure that they are great opportunities for art students. You should also check the websites of each institution that you are interested in. For example, Kenyon College’s art department offers a $15,000-per-year scholarship to some studio art applicants.

    If you’re looking for an art scholarship, it’s also a good idea to get a portfolio in order. This guide contains advice from professors and art graduates who tell you exactly how to make your portfolio pop out to admissions officers. Remember to work both on your pieces and your artist statements. 

    Another great idea for art students is to look into local scholarships. Smaller scholarships like these typically have less applicants, and therefore each student has a better chance of winning. Try talking to your guidance counselor or consult community resources to find opportunities.

    Does FAFSA cover art school?

    In short, yes! You can use FAFSA funding, such as the Pell Grant and federal student loans, for any accredited undergraduate institution in the United States. If you are applying to a graduate art program, you won’t be able to use the Pell Grant or Stafford Loans, but you can take out unsubsidized or PLUS loans.

    Can you use Pell Grants to pay for art school?

    As long as your art school is an accredited undergraduate institution, you can use Pell Grants to pay for it! These provide up to $6,495 per year, as of the 2021-2022 school year. That’s a huge help when it comes time to pay tuition. Make sure to fill out the FAFSA on time to qualify for Pell Grants and other federal aid.

    To get an art scholarship do you need to major in art?



    The answer to this question depends on a few factors. Let’s say you’re a high school senior applying for art scholarships. If you are applying to art schools, these schools might not offer any majors other than art. In that case, if you win an art scholarship, you will have to use it at that school, and so, you will have to major in art.

    But let’s say you’re a high school senior who makes art but aren’t sure if you want to major in it just yet. You can still earn art scholarships! Whether they are from your school or another organization, you should qualify for most art scholarships. Students just going into high school typically don’t know their major yet, and so they won’t expect you to pursue an arts degree to earn that scholarship. For example, Kenyon College’s $15,000-per-year scholarship for art does not require that students end up majoring in it.

    One notable possible exception to this rule is students who earn renewable scholarships. If a scholarship is contingent on you being an art major and you switch majors, you might not be able to renew it. You typically won’t have to pay back your initial award, but you won’t keep earning.

    If you are already in school and you decide to apply for art scholarship, the answer will vary on a case-by-case basis. Some scholarships might require that you major or minor in art. Others may judge your application solely on your portfolio and essays.

    Are there art history scholarships?



    Yes! Several of the scholarships on this list are open to art history majors. Students looking for art history scholarships may also find useful results in our history scholarships page.

    Can you get a scholarship for being good at art?



    Absolutely! Let’s say you are especially talented with ceramics. If you include photos of your work in your applications’ portfolio, colleges may be likely to offer you merit-based aid for your artistic talent. You can also apply to art-specific scholarships such as the ones on this list.

    Also see: Do I have to pay back FAFSA money?

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