Art Scholarships

Written by Rylee Newton
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If you've made the decision to pursue a career in art or design, you may not be taking the traditional educational path. Many art students enter specialized art colleges and institutions, while other students prefer the well-rounded education of a four-year degree. No matter what type of school you've enrolled in, it's important to find financial aid.

Online listings can provide information on some of the most exciting new art scholarships, grants, and contest for high school students today. One of the most exciting scholarship contests is sponsored by the Americans for the Arts and the Art Institutes. This organization sponsors a national poster design contest. Local winners are awarded $3,000 scholarships, and the national winner receives a $25,000 scholarship for tuition at an accredited art institute of his or her choice.

Finding Contests and Scholarships

If you want to find a scholarship in your area and beyond, it's a good idea to find a listing of some professional and community organizations dedicated to advancing art careers. Some of these scholarship organizations include: American Society of Interior Designers, American Society of Portrait Artists, International Furnishings and Design Association, Landscape Architecture Foundation, National Gallery of Art, and the National Sculpture Society, just to name a few. You can find a complete listing by searching online.

When applying for an art scholarship, it's essential to pay attention to submission deadlines. If you're entering a national art contest, you will be disqualified if you send your project past the deadline. Some websites will provide a listing of deadlines for most of the major art scholarship awards. There are also several sites that can help your narrow down you career goals in the arts.

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