Alyssa Queensborough attended the Juniper Institute for Young Writers. Here she is pictured with other young writers.

Alyssa Queensborough attended the Juniper Institute for Young Writers. Here she is pictured with other young writers.

Over the summer, dozens of students were granted scholarships to attend summer art and writing programs through the Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarship program. Students who received recognition in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were eligible to apply for the program, and the Scholastic Awards partnered with pre-college programs, universities, writing institutes, studios, and creative workshops to give our students the summer of a lifetime.

We recently caught up with six students who attended summer programs through the Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarship program to see how their experiences went. Read More

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No Sharing, Printmaking by Bronwyn Katz, Grade 12, Age 18, Paideia School, Atlanta, GA. Gold Medal Art Portfolio

No Sharing, Printmaking by Bronwyn Katz, Grade 12, Age 18, Paideia School, Atlanta, GA. Gold Medal Art Portfolio

Every year, the Scholastic Awards partner with organizations to provide scholarship opportunities for our students. Through the support of our sponsors, the Scholastic Awards offer more than $250,000 in direct scholarships to students, with additional scholarship money available through our Scholarship Partners. Here are the scholarships available through the Scholastic Awards for 2018:

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It may still be winter, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about summer! The Scholastic Awards have partnered with many organizations, colleges, and institutes to offer our students low-cost or free admission to some of the best summer art and writing programs across the country for teens.  Read More

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Path, Fashion by Xiaofan Qu, Grade 12, Age 18, St. John’s International School, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Path, Fashion by Xiaofan Qu, Grade 12, Age 18, St. John’s International School, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards partners with many organizations to bring more opportunities for recognition and scholarships to students. We’re proud to announce that we have two new partners to provide additional awards and scholarships for 2016! Read More

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Read Between the Lines by Emma Rudd, Mixed Media, Grade 12, Age 18, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis, TN.

Read Between the Lines by Emma Rudd, Mixed Media, Grade 12, Age 18, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis, TN.

 

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have had the chance to partner with many organizations over the years to bring additional scholarships and opportunities to our students. We’re proud to announce some very special new sponsors for the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Neiman Marcus, RBC Capital Markets, and The Herb Block Foundation.

Of particular note this year is a new category in the Awards: Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation, which invites submissions of drawings, illustrations, comic art, and animations with a political theme or message. Check out the flyer below for more information about all the new opportunities for students, and visit our website to explore all of our Sponsored Awards. Read More

It’s almost time for summer! Time to attack your summer reading list, go swimming, attend camp, drive your parents crazy, work on your art, finish your novel, catch up on Jersey Shore…or research scholarships for college. Huh?!

Well, the truth is, college tuition is at an all-time high. But that doesn’t mean it’s out of reach: in fact, every year, millions of dollars of financial aid go unused. In addition to applying to programs like The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, there are tons of other programs and resources to help support a college education. Even if you aren’t a graduating senior this year, it doesn’t hurt to start early and learn more about the resources that are out there. Most scholarships will include an application process and involve deadlines, but the process doesn’t have to be boring. Do some research by a pool, enjoy an hour of air conditioning, sit back and relax with a glass of lemonade, try to find some of the weirdest scholarships you can and think about using some of the following tips and tricks.

That money has to go to someone, so why not you?

A Few Tips For Finding Scholarships:

1. Put Google to work for you. Think about the types of opportunities you want to hear about and subscribe to Google Alerts to send you weekly updates. For example, if you’re thinking about attending an art program in a particular region or for a particular subject, think about key words like “painting scholarship,” “financial aid artists,” or “Boston scholarships.”

2. Beyond grades and academics, what are your hobbies or skills? Do you do a lot of environmental work, knit, write for your school newspaper, volunteer at a local soup kitchen or play a sport? A lot of scholarships are geared towards students involved in specific activities, so don’t rule those out from your search.

3. There are hundreds of scholarships out there, so focus on the ones that you’re best qualified to pursue by creating a list. A targeted search will save you time.

4. Volunteer work may be unpaid, but it can have a valuable payback. Several organizations, such as Americorps, reward volunteers with financial aid scholarships for college; community organizations also frequently offer scholarship opportunities to teen volunteers. Even the Michigan Llama Association offers scholarship opportunities for eligible students.

5. What’s your background? Descendants of almost any ethnic, religious or national background may find specific scholarships geared towards them. There are scholarships for everyone from Armenian to Welsh and scholarships are sometimes available through local churches, mosques, temples and synagogues.

6. Let your teachers know you’re researching scholarships. They may know of other opportunities and this will give you a head start as some scholarship programs require letters of recommendation from teachers.

7. When doing a search on the Internet for college scholarships, try to diversify your keywords. Instead of just typing in “art scholarship,” make a list of different ways to phrase that and enter them as your search terms. Also consider adding words like “award,” “contest,” “competition,” and “resources” – a lot of competitions offer scholarships as a prize.

You never know what you’ll reel in. Happy searching!

http://www.scholarships4students.com/

Image, above: “Say What?!” Artist: Alyssa White, Grade 12. Painting. 2010 Silver Medal.