Grants & Scholarships

Since Academy of Art University’s art scholarships program was founded over 40 years ago, we have helped over 45,000 aspiring artists and designers pursue their educational goals. Academy of Art University offers a number of innovative and inexpensive ways for first-time students, high school students, and teachers to improve their skills and experience all that we have to offer.

$64 million
The amount Academy of Art U has awarded in grants and scholarships since 2012

Discover all of the different scholarship and grant opportunities at Academy of Art University. Learn more about it today.

The Teacher Grant* provides high school and community college art teachers an opportunity to practice and improve their skills. These full-tuition art scholarships apply toward any regular undergraduate course and are subject to limited availability.

Program Mission

  • Encourage and inspire those who work with young artists and designers.
  • Provide teachers and counselors the opportunity to refresh and expand their skills as well as tap into the creative community in San Francisco.

Program Information

Program provides a full tuition scholarship for a maximum of:

  • Three undergraduate course units for Online or On-Campus (Summer Only)
  • Three undergraduate course units for Online (Fall/Spring Only)

Recipients are responsible for all other costs and fees, including application fee, registration fee, lab fees, supplies, room and board, transportation and any other expenses.

*Applications are reviewed by the Academy’s Teacher Grant Committee. All applicants will be notified of their application status by the committee.

Curriculum

View academic course offerings or call 1-800-544-2787 to speak with an admissions representative. *Undergraduate level courses only.

Eligibility

  • Open to all secondary school, community college teachers and counselors.
  • Previous Teacher Grant recipients are not eligible to apply. Grants are limited and it is the University’s mission to provide the opportunity to as many educators as possible.
  • You must provide a copy of your teaching certificate, resume, letter of intent, and recommendation letter from school principal, dean or department chairperson.

Campus Housing

  • Campus housing is only available during the Summer program.
  • A separate housing application must be completed online with Campus Housing or call 1-800-544-2787.

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The Military Scholarship provides U.S. service members (Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Coast Guard) an opportunity to start preparing for a career in art and design. This art scholarship applies toward any degree-seeking course.

Award Information

  • The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and inspire transitioning servicemembers to become future artists and designers.
  • Program provides a tuition scholarship for a maximum of:
    • Up to two undergraduate or graduate courses (3-6 units) per semester
    • $2,373 per undergraduate class per semester, for a maximum amount of $4,746 per semester
    • $2,763 per graduate class per semester, for a maximum amount of $5,526 per semester
    • 12 total units maximum
    • Lifetime undergraduate maximum limit of $9,492 per student
    • Lifetime graduate maximum limit of $11,052 per student
    • Applicants should be first-time students who will utilize the scholarship to fund the first four sequential semesters or until they reach their maximum lifetime limit, whichever comes first

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • This scholarship is open to all U.S. service members (Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Coast Guard).
  • All Military Scholarship recipients must provide a copy of his/her approved Military Tuition Assistance form for scholarship eligibility.
  • Student must complete course. Withdrawal from any Military Scholarship course will result in forfeiture of the scholarship that will require the payment of full tuition for the specified course.
  • Previous Military Scholarship recipients that have met the maximum use of one course (three units) per semester for a maximum of four semesters (maximum 12 units) are not eligible.
  • Applicants should be first-time students who will utilize the scholarship to fund the first four sequential semesters or until they reach their maximum lifetime limit, whichever comes first.

Curriculum

View academic course offerings or call 1-800-544-8551 to speak with a Military Admissions Representative.

The Alumni Tuition Benefit supports all returning Academy alumni with a 20% tuition benefit off all courses and or additional degrees/certificates.

Award Information

  • This benefit is for the recipient only and not redeemable for cash. It may only be applied toward tuition expenses.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must have previously completed an undergraduate degree, graduate degree, Certificate or Award of Completion at Academy of Art University

Additional Information

Contact your admissions representative at 800-544-2787 or 415-274-2200.

Aspiring and current students can apply for nationwide scholarship opportunities to help continue your education here at Academy Art University. We’ve organized these by application closing date for your convenience. The Chamber of Commerce has created a Best College Scholarships Guide. This guide provides insight into the types of scholarships available, the application process, and how to improve your odds of being awarded a scholarship. You can access the Chamber of Commerce Best Scholarships Guide through their website.

ACF Visionary Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 1, 2022
Award Amount(s): $5,000
Website: ACF Visionary Scholarship

Details: Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 each with multiple winners to be selected. Each award is a non-renewable, one-time award and is to be used exclusively to offset costs and fees related directly to the student’s first year of higher post-secondary education at an accredited institution of the student’s choosing within the US. Financial need is NOT considered; all income levels are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled as a High School Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
  • Must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen

Be Bold Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 1, 2022
Award Amount(s): $25,050
Website: Be Bold Scholarship

Details: The $25,000 “Be Bold” Scholarship is a no-essay scholarship that will be awarded to the applicant with the boldest profile. It takes less than 2 minutes to apply.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be in Grade 12 and plan on enrolling in college by the fall of 2022.
  • Must have a GPA of at least 2.5.

Code Wizards HQ Educational Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 1, 2022
Award Amount(s): $2,500
Website: Code Wizards HQ Educational Scholarship

Details: At CodeWizardsHQ we believe that the future is built on diversity through equity and access. While we actively work toward implementing hiring practices that are geared toward diversifying our team, we also understand that having access to higher education is a means to broadening a diverse candidate pool for the future STEM workforce.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school seniors and incoming college freshman
  • 3.5 or higher GPA
  • Priority to STEM program applicants

Help America Hear Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 1, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: Help America Hear Scholarship

Details: Help America Hear is proud to offer a scholarship to a high school senior who is hard of hearing. One recipient will be selected and will be awarded $1,000 and will also recieve 2 state-of-the art hearing aids.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The scholarship is open nationally to high school seniors who have a hearing loss, which requires the use of hearing aid(s) in their daily life.

Greater Than Gatsby Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 1, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: Greater Than Gatsby Scholarship

Details: Established by Greater Than Gatsby as part of a new initiative to establish a channel of support for the next generation, the Greater Than Gatsby Scholarship supports the future of visual art and content creators.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a recently accepted high-school student, undergraduate or graduate student from an accredited college/university in the United States.
  • You must be majoring in any type of art, communications, english, film, fine arts, journalism, multimedia, photography and visual arts.
  • You must be able to provide proof of your identity if you are chosen as the winner. Qualified ID is a student id or driver’s license.

Rover Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 1, 2022
Award Amount(s): $2,500
Website: Rover Scholarship

Details: Higher education: that magical time when deadlines are tight and budgets are tighter. We’d like to help fund this education. Just write a 400-500 word essay for your chance to win $2500!

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You need to be a resident of the United States.
  • You must be a graduating high school senior or currently a freshman, sophomore, or junior in college in pursuit of an associates degree, bachelor’s degree, or master’s degree. We reserve the right to verify date of high school graduation and/or university enrollment.
  • If you’re a graduating high school senior, your GPA must be 3.0 or above.
  • If you’re in college, your GPA must be 3.0 or above. If you’re in graduate school, you must either have a 3.0 GPA or above or a “Pass” in a Pass/Fail grading system.

OAR Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 2, 2022
Award Amount(s): $3,000
Website: OAR Scholarship

Details: OAR is pleased to offer three scholarships for autistic students who are enrolled in postsecondary educational programs. Each scholarship offers $3,000 awards to its winners.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be autistic students who are enrolled in postsecondary educational programs

There’s Space for Everyone Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 2, 2022
Award Amount(s): $3,000
Website: There’s Space for Everyone Scholarship

Details: We see what you’re doing and want to make it easier for you to make a difference and achieve your goals with the 2022 There’s Space for Everyone Scholarship. For this program, we will award a total of eight $3,000 scholarships: Five (5) scholarships to any student attending an accredited college or university in the U.S., and three (3) scholarships to employees or immediate family members of Extra Space Storage.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university during the fall 2022 semester
  • Must be legal residents of the United States and at least 16 years old

Eleven Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 5, 2022
Award Amount(s): $5,000
Website: Eleven Scholarship

Details: The Eleven Scholarship is founded through our commitment to create a better tomorrow for all. We believe access to higher education is crucial to creating a better, more equal world. In order to create a more promising future, the next generation of game-changers must be empowered to think critically, use creative problem solving, and seek out opportunities for growth. This scholarship aims to inspire high school seniors and undergraduate students who are pursuing degrees in STEM fields.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a BIPOC high school senior or undergraduate student pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  • *Priority given to first-generation students

Review It Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: Review It Scholarship

Details: Dr. Gabriel and Christine Chiu are active philanthropists who avidly support a variety of organizations such as: Children Mending Hearts, Cedars Sinai, the American Red Cross, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Children’s Action Network, GenArt, AVIVA, Project Angel Food, Center Dance Arts, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Obesity, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Help for Orphans, the American Red Cross, P.S. Arts, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Art of Elysium, Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, Children’s Action Network and the Music Center.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be attending college or university no later than September of 2022
  • Have achieved a GPA of 2.5 or greater during their last academic year
  • Be attending or planning to attend a school in the US

Fifth Month Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 31, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,500
Website: Fifth Month Scholarship

Details: Help us bring awareness to the fifth month and the number five. We’re awarding one $1,500 scholarship to a lucky student – and an endless supply of high fives.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be 14 years of age or older at time of application.
  • Must be a legal U.S. resident.
  • Must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
  • This award is for U.S. students.

Burress Injury Law Underdog Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 15, 2022
Award Amount(s): $5,000
Website: Burress Injury Law Underdog Scholarship

Details: The Burress Injury Law Underdog Scholarship fund provides $20,000 annually, with one $5,000 award and two $2,500 awards offered for each of the Spring and Fall semesters. Our scholarships are open to applications from undergraduate and graduate students throughout the United States, and the awards can be applied to tuition and other educational expenses at each recipient’s school. We are currently accepting applications for our 3 scholarships for Fall 2022

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You have a demonstrated record of community or volunteer service
  • You are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited U.S. college or university for the 2022-2023 academic year
  • High school graduates may apply if you are enrolled in college for the
    semester immediately following the application deadline

Living With Autism Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 15, 2022
Award Amount(s): $2,500
Website: Living With Autism Scholarship

Details: The team at Hammack Law Firm supports autistic children who choose to pursue higher education despite the unique challenges they might face.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Write and submit an essay of 1,000 words or less describing how they overcame challenges in living with autism
  • Prove they were accepted to or enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning

BigSun Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 19, 2022
Award Amount(s): $500
Website: BigSun Scholarship

Details: The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. In order to do our part we are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in or the capacity in which they participate.
  • The student must be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute.

The Chairish “Design Your Future” Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 30, 2022
Award Amount(s): $2,500
Website: The Chairish “Design Your Future” Scholarship

Details: If you are overcoming obstacles to earn a college degree, we want to hear from you! Students from all majors are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to applicants pursuing design and engineering- related fields.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA
  • Open to graduating high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students.
  • Must be enrolled or planning to enroll at an accredited two-year, four-year, or technical/vocational college or university in the United States.
  • This scholarship is open to students from all underrepresented backgrounds.

Minority First Generation Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 30, 2022
Award Amount(s): $10,000
Website: Minority First Generation Scholarship

Details: EducationDynamics will award one $10,000 scholarship! This scholarship is open to all minority applicants who are the first in their families to go to college, are at least 17 years of age and are pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning or a certificate program.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to all minority applicants who are the first in their families to go to college, are at least 17 years of age and are pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning or a certificate program.

Do-Over Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 30, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,500
Website: Do-Over Scholarship

Details: What if you had the chance to “do-over” a moment in your life? What would it be? How would it affect you and your future?

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a legal U.S. resident.
  • Must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
  • Must be 14 years of age or older at time of application.

Reef2Leaf Scholarship (Seeview 180)

Application Deadline: July 1, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,500
Website: Seaview 180 Scholarship

Details: Climate change is a big, global problem and will require cross-country coordination efforts to have impact. We want to focus on grass roots, local impacts. Beach clean-ups, local regulations, marine life preservation etc… Ideas that will enhance local environments and the lives of those who live nearby.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be enrolled in classes for Fall 2022

Reef2Leaf Scholarship (Wildhorn Outfitters)

Application Deadline: July 1, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,500
Website: Reef2Leaf Scholarship

Details: Climate change is a big, global problem and will require cross-country coordination efforts to have impact. We want to focus on grass roots, local impacts. Trail clean-ups, local pollution regulations, expansion of local parks etc… Ideas that will enhance local environments and the lives of those who live nearby.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be enrolled in classes for Fall 2022

Cleanup.Expert Scholarship

Application Deadline: July 5, 2022
Award Amount(s): $2,000 or $3,500 Scholarship
Website: Cleanup.Expert Scholarship

Details: Our contest is a way for students to look at the technology behind the home cleaning solutions we offer on our website in a thought-provoking, intriguing, and imaginative way. Students may write an essay or film a video on a topic of our choosing.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizens
  • High school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited U.S. college or Students currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. college
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.00

Christopher Nohl Scholarship For Diverse Backgrounds

Application Deadline: July 15, 2022
Award Amount(s): One time award of $1,000
Website: Christopher Nohl Scholarship For Diverse Backgrounds

Details: Christopher’s scholarship is geared towards students who will be the first in their families to get a college degree.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a current undergraduate student at a university in the United States or high school student that will attend university in the future. We will focus towards students who are the first in their families to attend a university.

Earnest Scholarship

Application Deadline: July 31, 2022
Award Amount(s): $5,000
Website: Earnest Scholarship

Details: Apply for a chance to win one of 50 Earnest Scholarships. You could get $5,000 for all college expenses. No essay. No entry fee.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled, or soon to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited U.S. college or university in Fall 2022.
  • There are no minimum GPA, residency, or major requirements.
  • High School Students if they are or will be enrolled as a full-time student*.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (including DACA students)

*The student must be enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university in Fall 2022.


Flavor of the Month Scholarship

Application Deadline: July 31, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,500
Website: Flavor of the Month Scholarship

Details: July is National Ice Cream Month, and we need a little help picking out a “Flavor of the Month” for our famous ice cream scholarship. Tell us all about your ice cream flavor, and you could scoop up a sweet $1,500 scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be 14 years of age or older at time of application.
  • Must be a legal U.S. resident.
  • Must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.

iVein Health & Wellness Scholarship

Application Deadline: August 31, 2022
Award Amount(s): $2,500
Website: iVein Health & Wellness Scholarship

Details: IVC (iVein.com), the trusted leader in preventing and treating vein disease, understands the importance of learning and practicing healthy habits during the formative college years and is offering the iVein® Health and Wellness Scholarship to reward students who are committed to a lifetime of healthy habits.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Any current full time undergraduate or graduate student attending an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.7 is welcome to apply.

Make Me Laugh Scholarship

Application Deadline: August 31, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,500
Website: Make Me Laugh Scholarship

Details: The point is that not all scholarships have to be serious. Relax and have fun! The only thing serious about the Make Me Laugh Scholarship is the money you could win towards your college education. With $1,500 – you could be laughing your way to the bank!

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be 14 years of age or older at time of application.
  • Must be a legal U.S. resident.
  • Must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.

Textbook Nova 2022 Scholarship

Application Deadline: September 1, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: Textbook Nova 2022 Scholarship

Details: Textbook Nova is a textbook search engine with the one of the largest databases of academic media and educational material online. We offer college students options to find the least expensive way to purchase the textbooks required by your courses to complete your education.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled or incoming students to an accredited educational institution within the United States as a full time student during the 2021 academic year
  • Undergraduate students of all majors are encouraged to apply

Shout It Out Scholarship

Application Deadline: September 31, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,500
Website: Shout It Out Scholarship

Details: Let your keyboard be your megaphone, and shout out your message. This unique scholarship gives you the platform to speak up – and cash in. The “loudest” applicant will receive the $1,500 Shout It Out Scholarship reward.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a legal U.S. resident.
  • Must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
  • Must be 14 years of age or older at time of application.

ChooseWhat Scholarship

Application Deadline: Open/No Deadline
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: ChooseWhat Scholarship

Details: Have you ever earned money as a contractor or a small business owner? If so, this scholarship opportunity is for you.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Any undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in a degree program at any accredited American College, University or Trade School with self-employment experience may apply.

Edith Nourse Rogers Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Scholarship

Application Deadline: Open/No Deadline
Award Amount(s): The Rogers STEM Scholarship will provide up to nine months of additional Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (to a maximum of $30,000) to qualifying Veterans and Fry Scholars seeking an undergraduate STEM degree or who have earned a STEM degree and are seeking a teaching certification.
Website: Edith Nourse Rogers Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Scholarship

Details: VA has launched the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program for students training in high demand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. The Rogers STEM Scholarship will provide up to nine months of additional Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (to a maximum of $30,000) to qualifying Veterans and Fry Scholars seeking an undergraduate STEM degree or who have earned a STEM degree and are seeking a teaching certification.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a Veteran or Fry Scholar enrolled in a STEM degree program and has completed at least 60 semester credit hours (or 90 quarter credit hours)
  • Must be a Veteran or Fry Scholar who has earned a STEM degree and is now seeking a teaching certification

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

Application Deadline: Open/No Deadline
Award Amount(s): $15,000
Website: The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

Details: Available to emerging figurative artists with a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpture, or printmaking. Offers additional renewal awards to selected applicants. Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must attend a university, a four-year college or a two-year college
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Restricted to individuals with the following interests: art

Nitro College Scholarship

Application Deadline: Open/No Deadline
Award Amount(s): $5,000
Website: Nitro College Scholarship

Details: Nitro cares about providing you the resources you need to successfully navigate financing college. That’s why we’re offering you the opportunity to earn a $5,000 scholarship from Nitro. We know that college is a big step forward in achieving your goals and we want to help you get there using all the tools Nitro has to offer.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to all legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia
  • Students must be applying to or enrolled in an accredited college or university for the upcoming (2017-2018) school year

OppU Achievers Scholarship

Application Deadline: Open/No Deadline
Award Amount(s): $2,500
Website: OppU Achievers Scholarship

Details: The OppU Achievers Scholarship celebrates students who transform opportunity into results. It rewards achievement in its many forms and honors those who create opportunity for both themselves and others.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be enrolled full time in high school or at least part time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school
  • Must possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Roshan Rahbari Scholarship Fund

Application Deadline: Open/No Deadline
Award Amount(s): $5,000
Website: Roshan Rahbari Scholarship Fund

Details: The Roshan Rahbari Scholarship Fund seeks to support outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges and universities.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current resident of California
  • Current community college student transferring to a four-year college or university on a part-time or full-time basis
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Demonstrated service to community or school
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Character qualities such as integrity, compassion and generosity

UncommonGoods Scholarships

Application Deadline: Open/No Deadline
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: UncommonGoods Scholarships

Details: We know it isn’t always easy when you’re just starting out in a creative field of study. So, we’re offering a scholarship to help hardworking student-artists out, because hey—you might be gracing our assortment with your work someday!

Eligibility Requirements

  • We’re looking for undergraduate art or design majors at accredited universities.
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