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.

Achievement Scholarship
Aspiring Artist and Designers looking to attend the Academy of Art University, may be eligible for the Achievement Scholarship, based on their Expected Family Contribution, which offers a limited number of awards up to $5000.
Pre-College Programs
The Pre-College Art Experience (PCAE) provides intensive, no-tuition art and design courses to current high school students. Those students receiving a passing grade in their PCAE courses can also earn scholarship money toward their undergraduate degree at Academy of Art.

*Scholarships are awarded on a first come first serve basis,  All scholarship funding for Spring 2023 has been exhausted

Specialty Grants & Scholarships

Discover all of the different scholarship and grant opportunities at Academy of Art University. Learn more about it today.

ROTC provides eligible full-time undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to earn a college scholarship while taking ROTC courses.


  • To recruit, educate, train, and inspire ROTC Cadets in order to commission officers of character for the Total Army.


Eligible Academy of Art University students may qualify for:
Full or partial scholarship towards tuition
Yearly book stipend up to $1,200 per year
Monthly Stipend of $420

Take Action

Contact Admissions at or 1-800-544-2787 for an introduction to the ROTC recruiter.

For more information on our Military Scholarship click here

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.


The Art Educators Studio Program offers art educators TUITION-FREE art and design classes that enhance existing skills, teach new skills, and give art educators an opportunity to master the most up-to-date software artists use.


The Academy’s Program offers a full tuition grant* for a maximum of one undergraduate class per semester in Spring, Summer, and Fall; each class is worth three units.

Art Educators may choose from the entire catalog of classes that do not have a prerequisite course listed.**
A class can be taken every semester to continuously grow skills while building a portfolio of work.

*Grant recipients are responsible for supplementary costs and fees, including a $50 administration fee, and any lab, materials, or other fees associated with individual classes, along with dorm costs if recipient chooses to live in Academy of Art University dorms.
**For interest in a class that does have a prerequisite, it may be possible to have the requirement waived. Please speak with an Academy counselor to determine qualification.


  • Study on campus in beautiful San Francisco.
  • Study online, asynchronously from anywhere in the country.
  • Join live classes through Zoom.


Applying is easy. Download the application by clicking the link below. Scan a copy of your Teaching Credential Certificate or a letter from your supervisor or mentor describing your role in the school as an art teacher. Then, email both (as .pdf or .jpg attachments) to

Nationwide Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Ask Preeto Scholarship 2023

Application Deadline: December 1, 2023
Award Amount(s): $750
Website: Ask Preeto Scholarship 2023

Details: Realizing academic dreams is what drives us at, that’s why we offer the Ask Preeto Scholarship to US-based students in need of assistance towards educational expenses!

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be citizens/permanent residents residing within USA borders
  • Demonstrate financial difficulty
  • Enrolled in an accredited college or university in America

Mark Mariani Grant 2023-2024

Application Deadline: December 15, 2023
Award Amount(s): $10,000
Website: Mark Mariani Grant 2023-2024

Details: The Mark Mariani Grant for First Generation Americans is a scholarship program that provides financial support to eligible students who demonstrate academic achievement, creativity, and a commitment to community service.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student who is studying in the United States and the first generation in your family to live in the United States

Blankstyle Scholarship

Application Deadline: December 31, 2023
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: Blankstyle Scholarship

Details: At we realize the importance of education. Our employees range from artists to content writers, and from programmers to customer service representatives. The commonality with our team is great communication hinging on a solid foundation of education. We understand that in today’s economy, it is expensive and challenging to obtain a quality education. As we benefit from our educated team here at, so does the world in that education equates to a brighter future for all who seek it.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • a high school senior that has been accepted to an accredited university or
  • a current student enrolled in college courses.

Dayspring Pens Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: January 9, 2024
Award Amount(s): $1,000
Website: Dayspring Pens Scholarship Program

Details: Dayspring Pens has been offering personalized professional gifts for over three decades. Every year, we help over 70,000 gift-givers worldwide find the right engraved pen for their occasion. Now, it’s our turn to give something back.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years or older
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States or a holder of a valid student visa
  • Must be currently enrolled in or accepted to a full-time undergraduate and graduate program in an accredited US university or college

All Star Verified Scholarship

Application Deadline: Open/No Deadline
Award Amount(s): $1000
Website: All Star Verified Scholarship

Details: This is a merit-based scholarship and financial need is not considered. We designed this scholarship to help students pay for college and it may be used to pay for tuition or any related fees such as room and board. The first prize is $1,000.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • This scholarship is open to high school, college, graduate, or adult students and parents of high school and college students.

SuperMoney’s Financial Literacy Scholarship

Application Deadline: Open/No Deadline
Award Amount(s): $500
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.

Johnny Chen Media Content Writing Annual Scholarship Contest

Application Deadline: Open/No Deadline
Award Amount(s): $600
Website: Johnny Chen Media Content Writing Annual Scholarship Contest

Details: Johnny Chen, with Johnny Chen Media, has built his successful SEO agency through education and determination. At Johnny Chen Media, we understand the value of investing in the future. That’s why we offer an annual scholarship to students who need financial support to further their education.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a college or university in the United States for the upcoming school year
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Application submissions are due by the last day of the month for each school semester

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.

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

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

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

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
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