10 RMCAD Scholarships You Can Apply For

To help take the pressure off of tuition and fees, we recommend students apply for institutional scholarships and grants. We all know that tuition can be expensive and the thought of paying off student loans can seem like a monster looming in the distance. Luckily, RMCAD offers many internal scholarships to help pay for your degree. Take a look at the 10 scholarships below for incoming students, current students and alumni, and determine your eligibility!

If you are looking for a more in-depth description of scholarship requirements and benefits, check out the RMCAD Scholarship page or contact admissions@rmcad.edu with questions.

  1. Best of Colorado Scholarship – Incoming Students
    This scholarship is an excellent one to apply for if you are currently a high school senior. The Best of Colorado Scholarship is open to both in-person and online students, as well as full time and part time students. To apply, Colorado high school seniors can submit a portfolio of five images of their work to RMCAD’s Best of Colorado High School Artist + Designers Scholarship Competition. A 500 word essay on ‘the impact of art and design on the 21st century’ is also required.
  2. Presidential Scholarship – Incoming Students
    The Presidential Scholarships are awarded to students who are recognized with the potential to greatly impact the field of art and design. Three Presidential Scholarships are awarded every year. This scholarship is not stackable with other institutional scholarships and grants.
  3. RMCAD Academic Scholarship – Incoming Students
    This scholarship is for incoming students who have stellar GPAs (a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale) from their previous school – whether that be high school or college. If this sounds like you, then you are in luck! There is no need to apply, as you will automatically be considered for the scholarship if your GPA is high enough.
  4. RMCAD Artistic Scholarship – Incoming Students
    The Artistic Scholarship is awarded by the Portfolio Review Committee to incoming students based on the strength and quality of their admission portfolio. When you submit your portfolio, you will automatically be considered for the scholarship. To learn more about how to create a standout portfolio, please utilize RMCAD’s Portfolio Guidelines.
  5. Community Portfolio Review – Incoming Students
    In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must attend a Community Portfolio Review and write a one page essay on “The Impact of Art and Design on the 21st Century.” Not only does this scholarship provide tuition assistance, but it also provides portfolio development support.
  6. Outreach Scholarship – Incoming Students
    This scholarship is awarded by RMCAD Outreach based on performance at high school and congressional district art exhibitions. To learn more about specifics for this scholarship, please contact admissions@rmcad.edu.
  7. RMCAD Memorial Scholarship – Current Students
    This scholarship is awarded to current RMCAD students on a yearly basis. You will receive an email at the beginning of each semester when it is time to apply for this scholarship. In order to be eligible, you will need to participate in the Merit and Memorial Scholarship competition.
  8. Student Ambassador Program Grant – Current Students
    Working as a Student Ambassador can also gain you some helpful financial aid. Our Student Ambassadors help create community, plan and work student events, and participate in civic engagement projects. To learn more about becoming a Student Ambassador and about the financial benefits, please contact Melinda Kern at mkern@rmcad.edu.
  9. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship – Current Students
    This private scholarship program is initiated by The RMCAD Diversity Alliance and is given to students from a marginalized demographic, who have proven themselves through quality work and community involvement. Awardees will participate in an advisory role on the Diversity, Equity + Inclusion Committee along with the opportunity for a solo or group exhibition at the annual gallery exhibition, Navigating Diversity.

  10. Alumni Scholarship – Graduates
    Are you a RMCAD alumni looking to re-enroll to graduate with an additional degree? We love welcoming back our alumni – and this scholarship is just for you! To learn more about alumni benefits, please visit our Alumni Services page.

College can get expensive, so lessening your overall tuition and fees through scholarships can be a great service to your future self. We hope you were able to identify a few scholarships to apply for at RMCAD! Scholarship applications may seem like a lot of extra work, but the investment of your time is well worth the reward. There are hundreds of scholarships out there, so we recommend taking a look at external scholarship opportunities as well.

If you have any questions in regards to scholarships, please contact admissions@rmcad.edu for more information.