Scholarships for Artists

Scholarships include AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships, Greater Than Gatsby Scholarship, Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship, Ocean Awareness Contest, KBK Artworks 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, photography, multimedia, or performing arts, there's something for all kinds of students on this list of artistic scholarships. Prizes top out at $5,000. Find all the details below!

AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships

How to Apply: 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 2022/Spring 2023 academic year with at least a 2.0 GPA pursuing a degree in graphic design, illustration, or photography
Amount: Awards range from $500 to $5,000
Deadline: April 13, 2022

Greater Than Gatsby Scholarship

How to Apply: Submit 3 photos demonstrating your best photography and write an essay of at least 500 words describing your interest in photography and the relation of photography to your chosen career or passion.
Eligibility: Open to college-bound high school students and college students attending a U.S. college or university majoring in art, communications, English, film, fine arts, journalism, multimedia, photography, or visual arts.
Amount: Two awards of $1,000
Deadline: May 1, 2022

Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship

How to Apply: Submit an application, transcript, letter 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
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: May 31, 2022

Ocean Awareness Contest

How to Apply: Submit artwork related to the 2022 theme, the funny thing about climate change. 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.)
Amount: Multiple awards of up to $1,500
Deadline: June 13, 2022

KBK Artworks Scholarship

How to Apply: Submit your favorite piece of art you've created and write an essay between 400 and 600 words explaining how you are helping your community through your art
Eligibility: Open to high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students who are pursuing art, have a creative art portfolio, and have non-profit or volunteering experience
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: July 1, 2022

Niche Art Scholarship

How to Apply: 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 art, design, performing arts, or another creative field
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: December 31, 2022

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