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* online undergraduate-level 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:
    • Three undergraduate or graduate courses 3-6 units per semester
    • $2,238 per class per semester, for a maximum amount of $4,476 per semester
    • $2,661 per graduate class per semester, for a maximum amount of $5,322 per semester
    • 12 Total Units maximum
    • Lifetime undergraduate maximum limit of $8,952 per student
    • Lifetime graduate maximum limit of $10,644 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.

* Undergraduate-level courses only

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.

Barbeques Galore Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 1, 2021
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: Barbeques Galore Scholarship

Details: We have created a scholarship for an undergraduate student that best articulates how they were motivated to achieve their goals. What are the big dreams you have that inspire you?

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants are required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • All applicants must be currently enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited US college or university for the semester that they are applying to receive the scholarship.

SuperMoney’s Financial Literacy Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 5, 2021
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: SuperMoney’s Financial Literacy Scholarship

Details: SuperMoney’s mission is to help everyone reach their financial goals. SuperMoney’s Financial Literacy Scholarship seeks to celebrate students who share our same mission.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be enrolled full-time in high school as a senior or be a part-time or full-time student in a college, graduate school, trade school, or coding bootcamp.
  • Have an overall average GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

EnergyRates.Ca College Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 31, 2021
Award Amount(s): $500
Website: EnergyRates.Ca College Scholarship

Details: We look forward to seeing what the next great minds bring to this ever-transforming industry, and want to do our part in assisting those great minds achieve their goals and dreams. This is why Energy Rates is offering a $500 scholarship to any student enrolled in an American or Canadian post-secondary educational institution.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in an American or Canadian post-secondary educational institution, or planning to enroll in such an institution within the following calendar year.

I Have a Dream Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 31, 2021
Award Amount(s): $1,500
Website: I Have a Dream Scholarship

Details: Let your dreams be your muse – and your ticket to free money for school. One “dreamer” in our I Have a Dream Scholarship will receive $1,500 to help make his or her educational dream come true.

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.

The Cyrus Artisan Rugs Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 8, 2021
Award Amount(s): $500
Website: The Cyrus Artisan Rugs Scholarship

Details: Since we are committed to championing the finest creative minds, Cyrus Artisan Rugs is offering a scholarship program that will benefit future interior designers. We want to support incoming and current interior design students so that they can pursue their passion for beautifying the spaces people live and work in.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled, or about to enroll, in an interior design or similar course OR must be a high school graduate planning to study interior design or a related course in a college or university during the Spring of 2021.
  • Must be in good academic standing with his/her current educational institution.
  • Applicants under 18 must have permission from a parent or legal guardian.

Web Design Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 20, 2021
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: Web Design Scholarship

Details: Lounge Lizard is an Award-Winning Website Design Company, Digital Marketing Agency and SEO Company in New York City.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Only open to students attending school in the United States.
  • Applicant must be a student at an accredited school, or be accepted to begin school at an accredited school within 6 months of application.

The Sam Haskell Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: The Sam Haskell Scholarship

Details: Sam Haskell founded this annual scholarship with the understanding that many students do not have the financial means to further their education. The Sam Haskell Scholarship will award one high school senior, current college, or graduate student with a $1,000 scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current high school senior with a college or university acceptance.
  • Current college or graduate student.
  • Must provide proof of enrollment.

Dechtman Wealth Management Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 31, 2021
Award Amount(s): $3,500
Website: Dechtman Wealth Management Scholarship

Details: This scholarship is designed to help students receive a quality education so they can better their lives, as well as their communities.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • This scholarship is open to all undergraduate students attending a two- or four-year accredited American college, regardless of major or area of study.

Superpower Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 31, 2021
Award Amount(s): $2,500
Website: Superpower Scholarship

Details: While we can’t give you the ability to walk through walls or read minds, our Superpower Scholarship can help increase your brainpower with $2,500 to use towards education.

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.

Mental Health Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 10, 2021
Award Amount(s): $500
Website: Mental Health Scholarship

Details: With the goal of raising public awareness of mental health, Big Moods is annually offering a $500 scholarship presented to college students who have experienced mental illness, whether personally or indirectly.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Any student currently enrolled in an accredited college is eligible to enter.

The Nicholas J. Deleonardis Scholarship of The American Sign Language Project

Application Deadline: April 15, 2021
Award Amount(s): $5,000
Website: The Nicholas J. Deleonardis Scholarship of The American Sign Language Project

Details: The goal of the Nicholas J. Deleonardis Scholarship of The American Sign Language Project is to encourage full-time college students to engage in research leading to noninvasive technologies that will improve communication between Deaf and hearing people.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate or full-time graduate student at an accredited four-year university or college in the United States.
  • Have permanent U.S. residency
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)

All About Education Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021
Award Amount(s): $3,000
Website: All About Education Scholarship

Details: School can get expensive, so we want to know how winning a $3,000 All About Education Scholarship could help make a difference in your life. Will it ease the burden of student loans? Will it offer you the opportunity to pursue a dream? Will it help you inspire others to work towards their own goals?

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a legal U.S. resident.
  • Must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.

Power to Present Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021
Award Amount(s): $2,500
Website: Power to Present Scholarship

Details: Beautiful.ai is excited to offer the Power to Present Scholarship for students interested in mastering the art of presentations, communications, and design as they prepare to enter the workforce.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be entering or enrolled at an accredited 2-year, 4-year, or technical/vocational college or university in the United States.
  • Open to college undergraduates, graduate students, and professional students.
  • Must be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Open to students from all states.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Scholarship winner must provide enrollment and GPA verification.

iVisa Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021
Award Amount(s): $1,500
Website: iVisa Scholarship

Details: Our founders created the annual iVisa Scholarship in the hope of promoting among young people the importance of knowing different cultures, understanding, and respecting them.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Have a 2.5 GPA or the equivalent to a 2.5 GPA. Check the equivalence table for different grading systems.
  • Be a student at the time of application and on the 20th of May, 2021.

Fifth Month Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021
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 a legal U.S. resident.
  • Must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.

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

Mohsen Arts Foundation

Application Deadline: Open/No Deadline
Award Amount(s): Varies
Website: Mohsen Arts Foundation

Details: The Mohsen Arts Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit arts & education organization founded in 2014. By awarding scholarships, we hope to encourage the next generation of Middle Eastern, Arab and Southeast Asian artists through education, practice, and self-expression.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be pursuing an art-related degree in an accredited college or university.
  • Must be of Middle Eastern, Arab, or Southeast Asian descent.
  • Applicants do not need to be US citizens to apply.

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

SEIU Moe Foner Scholarship Program for Visual & Performing Arts

Application Deadline: Open/No Deadline
Award Amount(s): $5,000
Website: SEIU Moe Foner Scholarship Program for Visual & Performing Arts

Details: This award is for full-time students with majors in the performing arts including, but not limited to: drama, music, dance, opera, marching bands, and other musical ensembles.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be an undergraduate student
  • Must study full-time
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must not be attending high school currently
  • Restricted to students studying Performing Arts or Arts
  • Must be affiliated with Service Employees International Union

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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