Art Scholarships

Scholarships for Art Students

Why Apply for Federal Financial Aid to Receive an Art Scholarship?

Art scholarships are often tied to financial need as well as talent. Art school scholarships often require the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) form for 2013.

Art students doing a master’s degree or a doctoral degree, should also learn about the Jacob K. Javits Fellowships Program. FAFSA forms are required in order to apply. This fellowship helps pay for studies in studio arts (including photography), television, film, cinematography, art history, screenwriting, dancing, theatre arts, and playwriting. The FAFSA forms are available at the start of January, while the application for the Jacob K. Javits Fellowships are due at the end of January. Because completing the FAFSA forms online is faster, we do not recommend applying via U.S. postage to help you speed your application process.

There is also an institution of higher learning that has a highly acclaimed arts program, where all undergraduate students admitted receive a full-tuition scholarship.  That means a savings of about $40,000 per year for each student.  The admissions process is rigorous and only about seven to eight percent of those who apply are ever admitted.  The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is located in Manhattan.

College art scholarships are awarded every year in the form of the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships, for minorities and art students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Worldstudio hopes scholarship recipients will be able to achieve their artistic dreams and participate in their communities by sharing their artistic talents. The deadline is March 30, 2013. Minority and disadvantaged art students should consider the Worldstudio scholarship if they are studying the artistic side of advertising, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interactive design, motion graphics, or photography.

We’ve found the following three books helpful for art students:

200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills: For Aspiring Art Students (Aspire Series)

Why Art Cannot Be Taught: A Handbook for Art Students

The Art Student Survival Guide

Acting Scholarships

The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts helps students to pay for acting school. Their website explains details about student financial aid, acting scholarships, outside scholarships, and federal student loans.

The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships are also for acting students. There are a few $500 scholarships awarded each year and two scholarships of $2,500. For more details their national offices at (212) 221-1130 can answer your questions.

The John L. Dales Scholarship Fund works with the Screen Actors Guild Foundation to award acting scholarships. Their website has applications for annual acting scholarships.

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s Woodbury University’s Matching Scholarship Program helps students to earn a graduate degree in disciplines relating to the entertainment industry.

The deadlines for each scholarship are different. Any time of year can be the time for a scholarship deadline. So it helps to plan ahead, whether you are looking for photography scholarships, fine art scholarships, or general art scholarships.