If you want to be a professional artist, you've probably heard that pursuing a degree in art is a waste of money. While we all know that that's not true, it doesn't change the fact that art school can be pricey. Scholarships for art majors can make a big dent in your costs, and quiet those who think you’re pursuing a pointless passion. Check out this list of college scholarships specifically for the creatives out there!
Award: Up to $10,000 that can be spent however you want
Available to: 15 through 18-year-old visual, literary, design, or performing artists who are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status
Award: $1,000 - $4,000
Available to: Multiple scholarships offered for undergraduate students of various art majors
Award: $500 - $1,500
Available to: High school seniors or college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who are enrolled in an official program of study at an accredited U.S. school (or U.S.-operated school overseas), who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents
Award: $500 - $5,000
Available to: U.S. citizens (or legal permanent residents) who are enrolled (or are planning to enroll) full-time at an accredited school in the U.S. and are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interactive design, or photography. Must have at least a 2.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need.
Available to: High school, undergraduate, or graduate students between the ages of 13 and 25 who will be or are attending college in the U.S. or its territories
Available to: Full-time students attending an accredited U.S. school who are planning to enter the game industry and have a minimum GPA of 3.3
Award: $1,000 - $3,000
Available to: Instrumentalists and vocalists who are graduating high school seniors or first year college students
Of course, there are many more scholarships for art majors out there. Every college, state, region, religious group, and elite art society seems to have one - you just have to do a little digging to figure out what they are. So, get your Google on, ask your teachers and mentors, and start submitting your work. StudentScholarshipSearch is a great place to start for locating even more college scholarships for artists.