When pursuing a degree in art, it can be harder to finance your education than more lucrative majors like engineering or business. There just isn’t as much money endowed for art scholarships as there is for these other fields. But there are still plenty of scholarship opportunities for art students out there. It is just a matter of knowing where to look and completing all the necessary steps. Many art scholarships require students to submit a portfolio of their work, so be sure you have plenty of examples of what you can do before the submission process begins. You can find art scholarships through the college or university you plan on attending, but also through professional organizations, art industry and trade groups, charitable foundations, corporations, community groups, and local, state, and national art contests. While these are all useful options, there are three scholarship opportunities that no art student should miss applying for.
The ARC awards painters and sculptors whose work reflects the values of the organization. They are dedicated to reinvigorating the classical methods and techniques that were popular in the west from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. There are awards for 11 talented painters and sculptors. Five will receive $2,500 scholarships, while the others will be awarded $1,000 scholarships. In addition to these 11 awards, the ARC has made two awards of $5,000 each to promising students who haven’t had the educational advantages other students may have had. To be eligible for all these scholarships students must be accepted to one of ARC’s approved ateliers located around the world. Find out more by visiting their website.
This 60 year old organization has been promoting art students for years. A trade organization dedicated to the artistic materials industry, NAMTA offers several scholarships every year, though the number and amount of the awards do fluctuate. They are awarded to freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who are majoring in one of the studio arts, including art, painting, ceramics, fine arts, graphic design, printmaking, and sculpture, among others. Applicants must submit photographs of two or three examples of their work to be considered. Though artistic talent and promise will be the major determining factor, some consideration will also be given to academic records and financial need.
If you have a talent for drawing and painting, why not try your hand at greeting card design? The Gallery Collection sponsors a greeting card art contest for high school and college students. Applicants will submit the art for the front of a card and the winner’s design will be published. They will also receive a $10,000 scholarship, plus another $1,000 for their school. To enter you must be at least 14 years old and be enrolled in a high school, college, or university. Submissions are accepted from March to January for a card to be published the following Christmas season. Past winners have submitted inspiring work, so be sure you create something original and stimulating. The winner is usually announced in March.