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.

1st Art Gallery Art & Design Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 1, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: 1st Art Gallery Art & Design Scholarship

Details: 1st-Art-Gallery.com continues its $1000 annual scholarship for new, current, and returning students!

This scholarship is designed to help students become successful in a career focused on art or design. Applicants will be able to submit their entry along with a design, drawing, film, artwork, short story, poem, or literally any type of art they are most proud of.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You are a high school student graduating this calendar year and have been accepted into a college, university, trade school, or design school.
  • You are a student currently enrolled in a college, university, trade school, or design school.
  • Your discipline is among the following: Arts – fine arts, music, performing arts on visual arts. Natural science – biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy or earth science. Social science – anthropology, economics, geography, political science, sociology or history. Or languages, linguistics, literature, mathematics. Philosophy, psychology or religious studies.

Disaster Relief Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 1, 2022
Award Amount(s): $10,000
Website: Disaster Relief Scholarship

Details: Many students have personally experienced some of the issues discussed below. This initiative is geared toward the students who have experienced a natural disaster or insurance dispute themselves or through a loved one. We welcome their insight and are delighted to furnish a forum for these individuals to express their experiences. No one can prevent unexpected disasters, but you can receive financial assistance through the Disaster Relief Scholarship Program to support your higher education expenses. The Disaster Relief Scholarship is worth $10,000 and we strongly believe it will go a long way to help people.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students who have experience with a disaster or insurance dispute and are currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university, or have been accepted at such an institution

The Richard Rawle Memorial Scholarship From Check City

Application Deadline: June 1, 2022
Award Amount(s): $2,000
Website: The Richard Rawle Memorial Scholarship From Check City

Details: The Richard Rawle Memorial Scholarship contest is named for Richard Rawle, the father of Check City CEO Tracy Rawle. The Rawle family believes that education is essential for making communities thrive. With the Richard Rawle Memorial Scholarship funds, students can finance their education and go on to support and elevate their communities.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited university or college in the United States
  • Be enrolled full-time
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • All students are encouraged to apply, regardless of their major or minor. This includes high school seniors starting college that year, undergraduate college students, and graduate college students.

The Beham Law Group Military Veteran Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 6, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: The Beham Law Group Military Veteran Scholarship

Details: We are offering The Behan Law Group Military Veteran Scholarship to support Veterans and their children in the pursuit of higher education. This scholarship in the amount of $1,000 can be used for tuition and other educational expenses at a college or university of your choice.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You are a U.S. military Veteran, a current service member in the U.S. military, or the child of a Veteran or current service member
  • You are currently enrolled in, or have been accepted to, an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited university or college in the U.S.
  • Your college or university education will continue at least through the Fall 2022 semester
  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • Your current cumulative GPA is at least 2.5

Flywire Charitable Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 10, 2022
Award Amount(s): $5,000
Website: Flywire Charitable Foundation

Details: The Foundation was created with the goal of encouraging, supporting, and assisting global students in their pursuit of an education, and is rooted in the Flywire Charitable Foundation’s values of equality, access, and affordability.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The scholarships are open to Undergraduate & Graduate students worldwide.
  • Matriculating and currently enrolled students are welcome to apply.

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 12, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: Abbott & Fenner Scholarship

Details: Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution.

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

Kanoski Bresney Stand Up to Distracted Driving Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 15, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: Kanoski Bresney Stand Up to Distracted Driving Scholarship

Details: At Kanoski Bresney, we want to support students who do their part to fight the problem of distracted driving. Through the Kansoki Bresney Stand Up to Distracted Driving Scholarship program, we are offering five scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, to students in the U.S. who are pursuing higher education at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You are a high school senior who will be starting your college or university education in Fall 2022.
  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You have a current overall GPA of at least 3.0.

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 Edwards Law Firm Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 23, 2022
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: The Edwards Law Firm Scholarship

Details: The Edwards Law Firm offers one $1,000 scholarship each semester to a student who aspires to utilize their career path to aid in the advancement of their community’s health, safety, and overall well-being. The scholarship award can be used for tuition and other educational expenses at a U.S. university or college.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You are at least 18 years old
  • You are a U.S. citizen
  • You are enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university for the Fall 2022 semester
  • You are pursuing a career that positively impacts the well-being and safety of your community
  • You have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

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.

The City That Works Scholarship

Application Deadline: June 30, 2022
Award Amount(s): $2,500
Website: The City That Works Scholarship

Details: The city of Chicago is known as many things, one of which is “The City That Works”. As worker’s compensation lawyers based in a city with such a strong workforce, our team at Costa Ivone, LLC prides ourselves in helping individuals who have been injured while on the job so they can continue to support themselves and their families. While we work hard to help our clients in the courtroom, we are always looking for ways to help others in our community to continue contributing to the workforce of Chicago. To do this, we started The City That Works Scholarship.

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:

  • The City That Works Scholarship is open to any current high school senior, college student or graduate student who is a legal resident of the United States and resides in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. The applicant must also be enrolled and/or accepted in a two to five-year college or university for the Fall 2022 school year.
  • Employees of Costa Ivone, LLC, their immediate families (parent, child, sibling, and spouse), and persons living in the same households of such individuals are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in good overall academic standing with their current educational institution.

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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