Scholarships for Artists

Scholarships include AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships, Larry Van Craeynest "Master Your Craft" Scholarship, Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship, Ocean Awareness Contest, Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship, and Niche Art Scholarship.
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Did you know that not all scholarships are based on academic performance? Some are based on special skills or talents a student has, including artistic! We rounded up six different scholarships for students with an interest in art that feature a diverse range of qualifications and requirements. Whether you love visual arts, metal arts, multimedia, or performing arts, there's something for all kinds of students on this list of artistic scholarships. Prizes top out at $3,000. Find all the details below!

AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships

Details: Complete the application, including a statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation, and provide a self-portrait and 5-10 examples of your artwork
Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen and full-time student at an accredited U.S. college or university for the Fall 2021/Spring 2022 academic year with at least a 2.0 GPA pursuing a degree in graphic design, illustration, or photography
Prize: Awards range from $500 to $3,000
Deadline: April 13, 2021

Larry Van Craeynest "Master Your Craft" Scholarship

Details: Write an essay between 400 and 700 words about your craft in jewelry fabrication, woodworking, or the metal arts, how you discovered it, and what your goals are for the future. While not required, it's a plus if you submit a few images of your work along with the application essay
Eligibility: Open to undergraduate students studying jewelry fabrication, woodworking, or the metal arts
Prize: Two students will receive a $1,000 scholarship
Deadline: April 30, 2021

Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship

Details: Submit an application form, portfolio with 3-6 images of artwork, artist's statement, letter of recommendation, and transcripts
Eligibility: Open to high school seniors, college freshmen, and college sophomores. Students must be enrolled in or accepted to a degree-seeking program at a U.S. or Canadian college, university, or art school as a declared major in a visual arts program such as painting, drawing, or sketching
Prize: Five students will receive a $1,000 scholarship complete with a gift package of Krylon Artist Sprays and Adhesives. Ten students will receive a gift package of Krylon Artist Sprays and Adhesives
Deadline: May 31, 2021

Ocean Awareness Contest

Details: Answer one of five prompts related to the theme of water rising. Submissions are accepted as visual art, creative writing, film, interactive & multimedia, performing arts, poetry, and spoken word
Eligibility: Open to students ages 11-18 from around the world. Students must provide the contact information for an adult sponsor (teacher, parent, mentor, etc.)
Prize: Multiple awards of up to $1,500
Deadline: June 14, 2021

Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship

Details: Submit an application, two letters of recommendation, and an artistic portfolio, and write an essay about how your art can effect change in a community
Eligibility: Must be of at least 25% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity and be either a high school senior or a college student currently enrolled full time at an accredited U.S. school pursuing a major in the visual/performing arts with at least a 3.0 GPA
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: June 30, 2021

Niche Art Scholarship

Details: Create a Niche account and complete the application
Eligibility: Open to all high school and college students considering or currently enrolled in an art school or art-related major, including design, film/photography, fine arts, performing arts, music, and visual arts
Prize: $500
Deadline: December 31, 2021

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