2021 Scholarships

The following schools, with contact information, are offering scholarships to 11th and 12th grade students who have work accepted in the 2021 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition. In most cases students will need to apply to these schools before they are eligible candidates for these scholarships.

The scholarships listed by each of the schools below are available offers and are not necessarily guaranteed for students in the Exhibition. The decision to award individual scholarships is at the sole discretion of each institution.

Art Academy of Cincinnati
Amanda Parker-Wolery, Director of Marketing and Enrollment
1212 Jackson Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 562-6262
Scholarships in the amount of $10,000 (over 4 years) are available to students with work selected for the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition. This will be in addition to the entrance scholarship upon acceptance.
Ashland University
Daniel McDonald, Chair, Department of Art
401 College Avenue
Ashland, OH 44805-3799
(419) 289-5100
Three (3) scholarships of $2,000 per year are available and renewable based upon the criteria established by the Department of Art and contingent upon enrollment at Ashland University for the 2021-2022 year with a major in art. Additional scholarships are available based on a portfolio review. Ashland University has a B.F.A. degree in Fine Arts and invites applications.
Blick Art Materials
PO Box 1267
Galesburg, IL 61402
(800) 447-8192
The "Blick Award of Excellence" is a $600 gift certificate that will be presented to a selected drawing/painting student among the Top 25 award winners. Selection to be made by the state jury.
Bowling Green State University, School of Art
Rachel Blumer, Coordinator of Fine Arts Admissions and Promotions
1000 Fine Arts Center
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0204
(419) 372-0107
Fax: (419) 372-2544
The BGSU School of Art will offer one $1,000 scholarship to a Governor's Exhibitor. The recipient will need to have been previously selected to receive an Incoming Freshman Talent Award through BGSU (portfolio applications for this Talent Award are submitted in January). When combined with the Incoming Freshman Award ($1000-$2000), the student may receive up to $3000 in total scholarship award.
Buckeye Ceramic Supply / Mayco Colors / Ohio Ceramic Supply
Colleen Carey Brennan, President and CEO
4077 Weaver Court South
Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 675-2002
The Ohio and Buckeye Ceramic Supply "Ceramic Artist Award" is a $250 gift certificate, redeemable at Buckeye Ceramic Supply in Hilliard, Ohio or Ohio Ceramic Supply in Ravenna, Ohio. The award winner will be selected from ceramic artists among the Top 25 award winners. Selection to be made by the state jury.
Cleveland Institute of Art
Thomas E. Green, Assoc. Dir. of Admissions
11610 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(800) 223-4700
Fax: (216) 754-3634
All applicants to CIA are considered for merit scholarships up to $24,000/year. Admitted seniors in the Top 300 selected for the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition may be eligible to receive up to an additional $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year for 4 years)
College for Creative Studies
Susan Enright, Admissions Events Manager
201 E. Kirby Street
Detroit, MI 48202-4034
800) 952-2787 or (313) 664-7425
Merit scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $17,000 per year are available. Ohio Governor's Award will be an additional award of $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four years) offered to five recipients.
Columbus College of Art and Design
D. Jean Hester, VP for Enrollment Management
60 Cleveland Ave. - Canzani Center
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 222-3261
CCAD offers scholarships to students whose work appears in the 2021 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition, and who are admitted to CCAD by May 1, 2021. CCAD will offer up to three tuition scholarships to Governor's Award of Excellence winners in the amount of $18,000 each ($4,500 a year renewable for up to four years). Other participants whose work is in the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition (who are not Award of Excellence winners) are eligible for $4,000 tuition scholarships ($1,000 a year renewable for up to four years). Awards must be used beginning in Fall 2021 semester, and cannot be deferred
Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI)
Maret Cissner, Admissions Counselor
4415 Warwick Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64111-1820
(800) 522-5224 or (816) 472-4852
Fax: (816) 802-3309
Scholarships ranging from $16,000 to $24,000 are available, and renewable annually based on KCAI's scholarship renewal policy. Application deadline is February 1, 2021.
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Shana Hansma, Director of Admissions Services
17 Fountain Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3002
616) 259-1118
KCAD Admissions will offer one-time scholarship awards that range from $500 - $5,000. Additional scholarships may be available with a portfolio review.
Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD)
Chris Brown, V.P. for Enrollment Management
2222 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 376-6000
LCAD offers Merit Scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 per year to all admitted students, and automatically renewed based on LCAD's Institutional Aid Policy. An Ohio Governor's Award will be an additional $1,000/year (up to 4 years) to the top 300 winners from the 2021 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition. Awards must be used beginning in Fall 2021 semester, and cannot be deferred.
Maryland Institute College of Art
Kelly Teeling, Director, First Year Admission
1300 Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 225-2222
One to ten scholarships in the amounts of $8,000 and $12,000, distributed over four years, will be awarded to students selected to exhibit at the state level. Additional scholarships are available on a competitive basis. Application deadline is February 1st.
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)
Stacey Steinberg, Interim Director of Admissions
273 E. Erie Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 291-8070 or (888) 749-MIAD
Scholarships of $18,000 per year, totaling $72,000 over 4 years, are available contingent on the successful completion of MIAD's application process and an academic GPA of 3.0 or higher. Should the student receive a larger merit-based scholarship during the admissions process, MIAD will replace this scholarship and honor the larger award.
Mount St. Joseph University
Peggy Minnich, Director of Admission
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, OH 45233-1672
(800) 654-9314 or (513) 244-4531
A variety of scholarships are available ranging from $9,000 to $21,000. Scholarships are also available for transfer students. All traditional student scholarships are renewable if the student is full-time and maintaining a 3.0 college GPA. For all scholarships, students must apply and be accepted for admission.
Myers School of Art, The University of Akron
Melissa Olson, Manager of Student Affairs
150 E. Exchange St.
Aron, OH 44325-7801
(330) 972-6030
Scholarship(s) in the amount of $500 are available. A faculty representative will choose the winner(s) of this scholarship. Disbursement will be contingent upon enrollment at The University of Akron with a primary major in art. Many other scholarships are available to incoming students.
Ohio Art Education Association and Ohio Art Education Foundation
OAEA/ OAEF Award of Excellence is a $700 art education or fine arts scholarship award to the college of their choice for a student in the Top 300 along with a $300 Educator's Grant for their art teacher. The teacher must be an Ohio Art Education Association member and selection will be made by a juror from OAEA or OAEF.
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Ohio Northern University
William Eilola, V.P. for Enrollment Management
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
(419) 772-2260 or (888) 408-4668
Fax: (419) 772-2821
Scholarships of up to $4,000 are available for art majors based upon portfolio review.
Ohio State Fair Youth Arts Exhibition
Sandy Libertini, Youth Arts Director
717 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH, 43211
(614) 579-5743
The Ohio State Fair Youth Arts Exhibition will offer students earning a Governor's Award of Excellence free entry in the 2021 Youth Arts Exhibition at the Ohio State Fair for up to 10 pieces of artwork. On-line entry deadline is June 20, 2021. Entry information available at https://ohiostatefair.com/youth-arts/ in January 2021.
Ohio University, School of Art + Design
Julie Dummermuth, Director
20 Church Street, 528 Seigfred Hall, Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-4290
State Exhibitors who are admitted to study in the OHIO University College of Fine Arts are eligible for a $4,000 Governor's Show Scholarship ($1,000 renewable for 4 years). Students should submit portfolios for full consideration for all Fine Arts Talent Awards and OHIO Scholarships.
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
Kendal Carter, Recruitment Logistics Coordinator
22 East Lathrop Ave.
Attn: Kendal Carter
Savannah, GA 31415
(800) 869-7223 or (912) 525-5941
Fax: (912) 525-5986
Scholarships in the amount of $3,000 are available. To be eligible to accept this scholarship, you must successfully complete the application process and receive an offer of admission. Please retain a copy of this letter and present it to your SCAD admission advisor to request that this scholarship be applied to your record. This achievement scholarship is not stackable with any other SCAD award, however you may be eligible for a higher level of scholarship by submitting a full resume and portfolio.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Rachel Dorsey, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
36 South Wabash Ave., Suite 1201
Chicago, IL 60603-3103
(800) 232-7242 or (312) 629-6100
Merit scholarships are available to all admitted students, as well as $2,000 annual scholarships are available to state exhibitors. All awards are contingent on acceptance to SAIC.
School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Matthew Farina, Director of Admissions
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010-3994
(212) 592-2100
One scholarship in the amount of $20,000/year is available to an exhibitor admitted to SVA.
Support for Talented Students, Inc.
Dr. Marnie Morrison, Chairperson
2200 Lane Woods Drive
Columbus, OH 43221
Support for Talented Students (STS) is a tax-exempt organization whose sole purpose is to provide scholarships for summer enrichment programs for gifted and talented Central Ohio students currently in grades 3-11 from families who cannot otherwise afford the costs. For application and more information visit: http://www.supportfortalentedstudents.org/home
The Modern College of Design
Samira Zacharias, Director of Admissions
1725 East David Road
Kettering, OH 45440
(937) 294-0592
Up to five accepted students whose artwork is selected for display in the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition will be awarded a $5,000 renewable scholarship ($10,000 value).
University of Dayton
Joel Whitaker, Chair, Department of Art & Design
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-2923
(937) 229-3237
A scholarship in the amount of $2,500 is available. Student must be a full time art and design major. Scholarship is contingent upon a portfolio review. Renewable up to three years after passing yearly reviews.
University of Saint Francis, Division of Creative Arts
Colleen Huddleson, Executive Director
2701 Spring Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
(260) 399-7700
Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 are available to any high school senior seeking admission to the University of Saint Francis, Creative Arts. Scholarships are awarded to those who have applied for admission, are accepted as students, and comply with all guidelines. Recipients are selected by faculty, based upon the scholarship applicant’s portfolio or audition. All awards are applied toward tuition at the University.
University of Toledo, Department of Art
Barbara WF Miner, Chairperson
620 Art Museum Drive
Toledo, OH 43620
(419) 530-8315
Fax: (419) 530-8337
The University of Toledo offers 2 scholarships to incoming freshmen with selection based on evidence of outstanding creative ability and academic excellence. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and an electronic portfolio is required. All awards are restricted to UT students. Application deadline is December 1st, 2020. Sara Jane DeHoff Art Scholarship: Up to $2,000 is given to an entering female freshman majoring in studio fine art, art education or art history. This scholarship is based on financial need and it is offered for a four-year period with the provision that the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA. Art Interests Inc. Scholarship: available annually to outstanding entering freshmen pursuing a career in studio fine art or art education.
Wright State University
Glen Cebulash, Chair, Art & Art History
3640 Col. Glen Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435
(937) 775-3547
Fax: (937) 775-3049
Two-year merit based scholarships, worth up to $3,000 per year, are available on a competitive basis.
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