Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

RMCAD SCHOLARSHIPS + GRANTS

Being an artist is its own reward, but we like to sweeten the deal by offering a variety of scholarships for college students. RMCAD provides several opportunities for students to earn institutional scholarships and grants. Have a question? Email admissions@rmcad.edu for more information.

RMCAD Academic Scholarship

The Academic Scholarship is awarded to incoming new students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Amount Awarded Per Semester:

·         On campus, full time: $360

·         On campus, part time during summer semesters: $180

·         Online, full time: $280

·         Online, part time during summer semesters: $140

Eligibility: Students must be enrolled in 12 credits per semester, six credits per term with the exception of summer terms where students may take three credits per eight-week term, six credits per semester. In order to maintain the scholarship, students must maintain a 3.5+ GPA, have all tuition balances paid in full every term, or have a current payment plan in place.

How to Apply: Students will be automatically considered for the Academic Scholarship — no separate application is required.

The Academic Scholarship may be combined with other scholarships and can be applied to tuition and fees. This scholarship can be applied for up to 10 consecutive semesters.

RMCAD Artistic Scholarship

The Artistic Scholarship is awarded to incoming students on the strength and quality of their admission portfolio determined by the Portfolio Review Committee.

Amount Awarded Per Semester:

·         On campus, full time: $360

·         On campus, part time during summer semesters: $180

·         Online, full time: $280

·         Online, part time during summer semesters: $140

Eligibility: Students must be enrolled in 12 credits per semester, six credits per term with the exception of summer terms where students may take three credits per eight-week term, six credits per semester. In order to maintain the scholarship, students must maintain a 3.0+ GPA. Students must submit a minimum of ten pieces to be considered eligible for an Artistic Scholarship, and provide an artist statement that accompanies the portfolio. 

How to Apply: Students will be automatically considered for the Artistic Scholarship — no separate application is required.

The Academic Scholarship may be combined with other scholarships and can be applied to tuition and fees. This scholarship can be applied for up to 10 consecutive semesters. 

Memorial Scholarship award winners are selected in the Merit and Memorial Scholarship competition. Memorial Scholarships are awarded to current RMCAD students on a year-round basis.

Amount Awarded:

·         On campus, full time: $1,700

·         On campus, part time during summer semesters: $850

·         Online, full time: $1,300

·         Online, part time during summer semesters: $650

Eligibility: Students must be currently enrolled for at least six credits, have declared a major, and be working toward one of RMCAD’s conferred degrees. In order to qualify for the scholarship, students must have a 3.5+ GPA.

How to Apply: All students will be notified about this competition via their RMCAD email account at the beginning each semester with instructions on how to apply.

All eligible students may apply for a Memorial Scholarship each and every semester enrolled. Students are eligible for one RMCAD Memorial Scholarship per catalog year 

The Presidential Scholarships (Platinum, Silver, and Gold) recognize students with the potential to make a significant impact in the field of art and design. Three Presidential Scholarships are awarded each year to new, incoming students for the Fall A term.

Amount Awarded Per Semester:

·         Platinum – On campus, full time: $5,300

·         Platinum – On campus, part time during summer semesters: $2,650

·         Gold – On campus, full time: $5,000

·         Gold – On campus, part time during summer semesters: $2,500

·         Silver – On campus, full time: $4,400

·         Silver – On campus, part time during summer semesters: $2,200

Eligibility: Students must be enrolled in 12 credits per semester, six credits per term with the exception of summer terms where students may take three credits per eight-week term, six credits per semester.

GPA Requirements:

·         Platinum – 3.75

·         Gold – 3.5

·         Silver 3.25

How to Apply: All admissions requirements are due by February 5 (portfolio, statement of intent, transcripts).

The Presidential Scholarship is not stackable with other institutional scholarships and grants. This scholarship can be applied for up to 10 consecutive semesters. Online students are not eligible. 

Colorado high school seniors graduating in 2018 may compete in Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design’s Best of Colorado High School Artist + Designers Scholarship Competition.

Amount Awarded Per Semester:

·         On campus, full time: $3,500

·         On campus, part time during summer semesters: $1,750

·         Online, full time: $2,800

·         Online, Part time during summer semesters: $1,400

Eligibility: Students must enroll in 12 credits per semester, six credits per term with the exception of summer terms where students may take three credits per eight-week term, six credits per semester. In order to maintain the scholarship, students must maintain a 3.0+ GPA.

How to Apply: All admissions requirements are due by February 5 (portfolio, statement of intent, transcripts). Students must submit a portfolio of five images that best reflect their work and write a 500-word essay on the topic of “the impact of art and design on the 21st century.”

The Best of Colorado Scholarship is not stackable with other institutional scholarships and grants.

This scholarship is given to students attending a Community Portfolio Review. The Community Portfolio Reviews connect students and parents with art colleges and admissions counselors, and provides support for portfolio development and college applications. 

Amount Awarded Per Semester:

·         L1 – On campus, full time: $700

·         L1 – On campus, part time during summer semesters: $350

·         L2 – On campus, full time: $1,100

·         L2 – On campus, part time during summer semesters: $550

·         L3 – On campus, full time: $1,400

·         L3 – On campus, part time during summer semesters: $700

Eligibility: Students must enroll in 12 credits per semester, six credits per term with the exception of summer terms where students may take three credits per eight-week term, six credits per semester. In order to maintain the scholarship, recipients must maintain a 3.0 as a RMCAD student. 

How to Apply: Incoming students with a high portfolio score are determined by the faculty reviewer at Community Portfolio Reviews. Students who receive a score of 3, 4, or 5 will be awarded a L1, L2, or L3 scholarship, respectively. 

The CPR Scholarship is not stackable with other institutional scholarships and grants. . This scholarship can be applied for up to 10 consecutive semesters. Online students are not eligible. 

RMCAD Outreach offers scholarships through high school and congressional district art exhibitions.

Amount Awarded Per Semester:

·         On campus, full time: $1,400

·         On campus, part time during summer semesters: $700

Eligibility: Students must enroll in 12 credits per semester, six credits per term with the exception of summer terms where students may take three credits per eight-week term, six credits per semester. In order to maintain the scholarship, students must maintain a 3.0+ GPA.

How to Apply: Contact admissions@rmcad.edu for more information.

The Outreach Scholarships are not stackable with other institutional scholarships and grants. This scholarship can be applied for up to 10 consecutive semesters. Online students are not eligible.

RMCAD partners with RedLine, a diverse urban laboratory where art, education, and community converge, to offer a scholarship for an artist within the Artist Reach program.

Amount Awarded Per Semester: 100 percent of tuition and fees

Eligibility: Applicants must be in RedLine’s Artist Reach program to apply. Students must enroll in 12 credits per semester, six credits per term with the exception of summer terms where students may take three credits per eight-week term, six credits per semester. In order to maintain the scholarship, students must maintain a 2.5+ GPA.

How to Apply: For more information, please contact admissions@rmcad.edu.

This scholarship can be applied for up to 10 consecutive semesters.

Student Ambassadors are hired to serve as peer mentors to new students during Orientation and throughout the first year. They work to create community amongst the diverse group of artists and designers at RMCAD by planning events for the entire student body and within the academic departments, as well as civic engagement projects. 

Amount Awarded Per Semester: $1,500

How to Apply: Contact Melinda Kern at mkern@rmcad.edu for more information.

Eligibility: To be a student ambassador, students must enroll in 12 credits per semester and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

This grant is not available for online students.

EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS

We’re always keeping an eye out for available outside scholarships as well. Please contact the awarding organization to confirm eligibility, applicable deadlines, and to request application materials. RMCAD is not responsible for the content, application process, and selection of recipients or notification of awards. Inclusion in this list does not constitute an endorsement by RMCAD.

The following resources are for informational purposes only:

The following resources are for informational purposes only:

CGTrader Scholarship
www.cgtrader.com/scholarships
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Amount of Award: $2,000

Grade Potential Tutoring Scholarship
www.tuftandpaw.com
Deadline: May 15, 2018
Amount of Award: $1,000

2018 Pinot’s Palette Scholarship for Artistic Excellence
www.pinotspalette.com/scholarships
Deadline: October 31, 2018
Amount of Award: $1,000

Grungo Colarulo Giving Back to the Community Scholarship
www.gcinjurylaw.com
2018 Deadline: TBD
Amount of Award: $500

Conquering Adversity Scholarship
www.polsonlawfirm.com
2018 Deadline: TBD
Amount of Award: $500

Luigi Wewege Foundation Scholarship
www.luigiwewegefoundation.com
2018 Deadline: TBD
Amount of Award: $1,500

Annual Wallet Path Student Scholarship
www.walletpath.com
2018 Deadline: TBD
Amount of Award: $1,000

The Mark Alvarado Scholarship www.markalvaradoscholarship.com   
Deadline: January 31, 2019

GoodCall Scholarships
www.goodcall.com/scholarships/search/
GoodCall is a consumer focused website that provides free scholarship listings for high school and college students with no personally identifiable information required. 

OP Loftbed
www.oploftbed.com
Full-time and part-time students are eligible to apply.  

McDonald’s USA National Employee Scholarship Program
www.rmch.org
The program recognizes and rewards the accomplishments of McDonald’s student-employees who excel in their studies, serve their communities, and work hard to deliver an outstanding experience for their customers. 

Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships
www.syf.org
Recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, academic record, leadership, participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, and a statement of career and educational goals. In addition, special consideration is given to first-generation college students. To be eligible you must live in a community that hosts a Simon’s property. 

Coca-Cola Scholars Program
www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/
The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation provides scholarship programs and alumni enrichment opportunities in support of exceptional peoples’ thirst for knowledge and their desire to make a difference in the world. The goal is to develop a powerful network of community leaders, touched by Coca−Cola, whose vision will help shape the world, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Microsoft
www.microsoft.com
Microsoft offers four different types of technical scholarships to current undergraduate students: General Scholarships, Women’s Scholarships, Minority Scholarships, and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities.

NAACP
www.naacp.org
Each year the NAACP, through generous donations, is able to provide scholarships to outstanding students with NAACP membership.

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Minorities
www.affordablecolleges.com

The Gates Millennium Scholars
www.gmsp.org
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. They provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through their leadership programs along with academic support throughout the students’ college career.

Arab American Institute
www.aaiusa.org
This site lists several scholarships available to Arab American students.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
www.hsf.net
Several scholarship programs are listed on this site. Each program has its own requirements. You must be a US citizen and you or your family must come from at least one of the following countries: Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Cuba, Puerto Rico, or the Dominican Republic. Students from Brazil are eligible to apply. However, students from Belize, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana are not considered Hispanic. 

CESDA Diversity Scholarship
www.cesda.org
CESDA (Colorado Educational Services and Development Association, Inc.) awards scholarships to underrepresented, economically and disadvantaged students from various high schools throughout the State of Colorado. 

The Jackie Robinson Foundation
www.jackierobinson.org
The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships to under-served high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need. 

Interior Design

IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Association) Student Scholarship
www.ifdaef.org 
Post secondary students must have completed four design courses and be enrolled at an accredited school. Part-time students must be enrolled in at least two Interior Design or related courses. IFDA Scholarships for a student member requires a recommendation from an IFDA member, in addition to an educator. 

Animation/Digital Media

Women in Animation
womeninanimation.org 
Applicants may be either full- or part-time students enrolled in an accredited animation program. 

Illustration

L.Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest
www.writersofthefuture.com
Applications are open to citizens of all nations. All themes of science fiction and fantasy illustrations are welcome. The Contest is open to new and amateur artists who have not been professionally published and paid for more than three black-and-white story illustrations, or more than one process-color painting, in media distributed broadly to the general public.

Stonewall Community Foundation
www.stonewallfoundation.org
There are multiple programs available: a scholarship for gay male students who are 23 years or younger with a record of community service; a fund that benefits young women whose families have withdrawn emotional and/or financial support because of their sexual and/or gender identity; and a scholarship for lesbian-identified students with a history of academic excellence and community service.

Coi Rubber Scholarship for Military Veterans
coirubber.com/scholarship-military-veterans/
2018 Deadline: TBD
Amount of Award: $500

NMFA Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program
www.nmfa.org
Scholarships are awarded to spouses of Uniformed Services members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees, and survivors) to obtain professional certification or to attend post secondary or graduate school. 

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
www.agbell.org
To be eligible, students must have a diagnosis of hearing loss prior to age 7. The hearing loss must be bilateral and in the moderate-to-profound range. Applicants must have a Pure-Tone Average (PTA) of 60dB or greater in the better ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz and must use spoken language as their primary mode of communication. 

Keppra Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program
www.keppra.com
Scholarships are available for epilepsy patients and for family members or caregivers of epilepsy patients. 

Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program
www.horatioalger.com
The scholarship fund is looking for students who have demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity. Critical financial need is an eligibility requirement. 

Charley Wootan Grant Program
www.aie.org
The Charley Wootan Grant Program is open to all U.S. students who are high school seniors or graduates (including GED recipients) who plan to enroll, or are students who are already enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate course of study at an approved two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and be must be eligible to receive Title IV (federal financial aid) funding. 

Sallie Mae Fund Scholarships
www.thesalliemaefund.org
All of their scholarship programs are based on financial need. Several programs are listed on the website. 

The Pensters Scholarship: $1,000 for Your Essay
www.thepensters.com
Deadline: May 31, 2018
Should be a current high school/college/university student to enter.

The Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contests
www.aynrand.org
Contests are available for 9-10 graders, 11-12 graders and college students. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic and psychological meaning of Ayn Rand’s writing.

National Peace Essay Contest
www.usip.org
All high school students attending school in the United States regardless of citizenship, foreign exchange students and visiting students attending high school in the US may enter the contest. US citizens attending high school in other countries are also eligible.

The Diamond Herbs Scholarship Award
www.diamondherbs.co
Deadline: Midnight on May 1, 2018
Students currently enrolled in a college, university, or trade school full-time with a current minimum GPA of 3.0 are invited to submit a 2500 word essay about the benefits of alternative medicine as compared to pharmaceutical drugs and how it has played a role in their lives.

Fundbox Future Small Business Owner Scholarship
www.fundbox.com/scholarship/
Deadline: May 31, 2018 at 6:00pm EST. 
All those who are currently enrolled or will be enrolling in an accredited college or university for the 2018/2019 academic year to are invited to share with their small business visions on how they plan to change their community and the world around us through their entrepreneurial vision. 

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
www.writersofthefuture.com
All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome. All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person’s universe, without written permission will result in disqualification. Excessive violence or sex, determined by the judges, will result in disqualification. Entries may not have been previously published in professional medi

Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
www.cksf.org
You must register on the site. Awards are given based on timed answers to a series of quizzes on different subjects.

Orphan Foundation of America
www.orphan.org
Students are eligible for the scholarship if they are under the age of 25 and: have been in foster care for one consecutive year at the time of their 18th birthday; have been adopted or taken into legal guardianship out of foster care after their 16th birthday; or who have lost both parents to death before the age of 18 and have not been subsequently adopted.

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund
www.familiesoffreedom.org
The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund® benefits dependent children and spouses of 9/11 victims, including airplane crew and passengers, World Trade Center and Pentagon workers and visitors, and relief workers, including firefighters, emergency medical personnel and law enforcement personnel.

Elks National Foundation
www.elks.org
Awards are available for high school seniors, children and grandchildren of Elks who are members in good standing, and children and grandchildren of deceased or totally disabled Elks.

The National Italian American Foundation
www.niaf.org
Scholarships are available to Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements.

MENSA Education and Research Foundation
www.us.mensa.org
Applicants must currently be residents of a participating American Mensa Local group’s area. Participating groups may change from year to year.

The Vegetarian Resource Group
www.vrg.org
Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian (not eating meat, fish or fowl) diet/lifestyle.

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers
www.migrant.net
Funded by a bequest from Berrien Fragos Thorn, creative arts scholarships have been initiated in order to foster and encourage the creative talents of individuals with a history of migration to obtain work in agriculture.

Open Listings “Take Big Risks” Scholarship
www.openlistings.com
Share a two minute video of yourself answering two key questions about what makes you an ambitious risk-taker to win a $1,500 scholarship. Application periods occur twice annually in the Spring and Fall.