Non-Need-Based Aid

Available Types of Non-Need-Based Aid

Scholarships for First-Year Students – Select students may be awarded scholarships for their first year of study; there is no separate application process. Students receiving a scholarship will be notified at the time an offer of admission is extended. Scholarship amounts vary. These scholarships are non-renewable.

Scholarships for Second-Year Students – Each spring, currently enrolled first-year students may compete for Cranbrook merit scholarships to be used in their second year of study. Interested students may submit a portfolio of their work for review by the scholarship committee. Calls for entries and deadlines are communicated in Hotline. Scholarship amounts vary.

Requirements for Scholarship Recipients

Award recipients are required to complete a brief autobiographical survey as a condition of receiving the award.

Students who withdraw from school for any reason lose their merit scholarships/scholarships; this may result in a balance owed to the school if the student withdraws during the course of a semester.

Important Note Regarding the Availability of Funding

Cranbrook Academy of Art does not have an undergraduate program; therefore, teaching assistantships and fellowships are not available.

Prospective and Current Students are Encouraged to Research Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Spending a few hours a week searching the internet for scholarships and fellowships is a wise investment of time.  Scholarship search sites are good options, and websites devoted to the arts often list opportunities. An excellent search engine is available here: U.S. Department of Labor scholarship search engine.

LGBTQ students may find this scholarship database helpful:  Human Rights Campaign LGBTQ Scholarship Database.

Current students are informed of scholarship opportunities through a weekly electronic newsletter.

For tips on writing scholarship essays, see 7 Steps to Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans (not affiliated with Cranbrook Academy of Art)

Prospective students who meet the criteria for New American Status may wish to apply for The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.  This fellowship, with an annual deadline of November 1 for the following school year, provides funding for up to two years of graduate school.  While the fellowship is not affiliated with Cranbrook Academy of Art, it is such an outstanding opportunity that we want our prospective and current students to be aware of it.  Full details and the application are available at  Eligibility requirements for the most recent application cycle are posted here:  (Note:  The 2018 application period has passed.  The 2019 application will open April 1, 2018).

Other Scholarship Opportunities (not affiliated with Cranbrook Academy of Art)

Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Fund:  The Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Fund offers grants 4 times each year to students who are enrolled full time in accredited and degree granting fine arts programs such as painting, sculpture, or photography.  For application materials, or to ask questions, contact Dr. Marion Gilliland, (740) 796-4797, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm (EST); the office is closed on weekends and holidays.

Point Foundation Scholarship:  Students with a proven track record of leadership and community involvement and strong academic achievement who are working for the betterment of the LGBTQ community may want to consider applying for a Point Foundation Scholarship.  Click here  information about the scholarship and for application instructions.  Students must be enrolled or intending to enroll in Fall 2018.  Application deadline:  January 29.


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