Being an artist is rewarding in itself. But we like to sweeten the deal with even more rewards with scholarships for college students. RMCAD offers several types of scholarship opportunities. For information about institutional scholarships and grants, please click here.

Students who take up to a semester off will receive a flat rate scholarship upon return in lieu of a percentage for all scholarships. Institutional grants and scholarships that are no longer offered will remain in place as a percentage of tuition if the student returns after one semester off. Grants and scholarships that are no longer offered will be permanently lost if the student is out of school for more than one semester.


Memorial and Merit Scholarships are awarded to current RMCAD students on a year-round basis.
Eligibility Criteria

Students must be currently enrolled for at least six credits, have declared a major, and be working toward one of RMCAD’s conferred degrees.

Award Information

The scholarships are awarded to both full-time and part-time students who have proven themselves through outstanding work and effort.

The award is based on a portfolio, an essay, the cumulative grade point average, and the academic year. The amount of the scholarship award is based on the student’s enrollment status for the term that the scholarship is used. There are three Scholarship Competitions each year.


Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design awards the following departmental Memorial Scholarships:

  • The Paul W. Hall Memorial Scholarship (Animation: 2D and 3D)
  • The C.W. McNamara Memorial Scholarship (Art Education)
  • The Chuck Mattox Memorial Scholarship (Fine Arts: Ceramics, Painting, Sculpture, and Photo + Video)
  • The David W. Bozeman Memorial Scholarship (Graphic Design)
  • The Charlene Cosgrove Memorial Scholarship (Illustration)
  • The Roy Maddox Memorial Scholarship (Interior Design)
  • The William LeBarth Steele Memorial Scholarship (all freshmen)
  • The Brooke McElwain Memorial Scholarship (all departments)
  • The Gerald Ehrhart Memorial Scholarship (all departments)
How To Apply

All students will be notified about this competition via their RMCAD email account at the beginning of the fall and spring terms with application instructions.


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:

General Scholarships

The following resources are for informational purposes only:

CGTrader Scholarship
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Amount of Award: $2,000

Grade Potential Tutoring Scholarship
Deadline: November 15, 2017
Amount of Award: $1,000

2017 Pinot's Palette Scholarship for Artistic Excellence
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Amount of Award: $1,000

Grungo Colarulo Giving Back to the Community Scholarship
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Amount of Award: $500

Conquering Adversity Scholarship
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Amount of Award: $500

Luigi Wewege Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: December 1, 2017
Amount of Award: $1,500

Annual Wallet Path Student Scholarship
Deadline: November 1, 2017
Amount of Award: $1,000

GoodCall Scholarships
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
Full-time and part-time students are eligible to apply.  

McDonald’s USA National Employee Scholarship Program
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
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
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 offers four different types of technical scholarships to current undergraduate students: General Scholarships, Women’s Scholarships, Minority Scholarships, and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities.

Minority Scholarships

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

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Minorities

The Gates Millennium Scholars
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
This site lists several scholarships available to Arab American students.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
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
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
The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships to under-served high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need. 

Major Specific Scholarships

Stonewall Community Foundation
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
Deadline: May 1, 2017
Amount of Award: $500

NMFA Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program
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. 

Medical/Learning Disabilities

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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
Scholarships are available for epilepsy patients and for family members or caregivers of epilepsy patients. 


Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program
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
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
All of their scholarship programs are based on financial need. Several programs are listed on the website. 

Essay Contests

The Pensters Scholarship: $1,000 for Your Essay
Deadline: May 31, 2016
Should be a current high school/college/university student to enter.

The Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contests
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
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. 

  1. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
    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 media. 

Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
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
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
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
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
Scholarships are available to Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. 

MENSA Education and Research Foundation
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
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
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
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. 


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