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 and are renewable provided the student’s Artist‐in‐Residence confirms that they are maintaining satisfactory progress in their program.
Scholarships for Second-Year Students – Some students may receive scholarships to assist with costs in their second year of student; these will be announced in the spring of students’ first year of study.
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.
Scholarship opportunities for various groups (LGBTQ, minorities, students with disabilities, veterans, and women) may be found on this website: https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/ . At the top of the page, click on Colleges, then Scholarships & Financial Aid.
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 https://www.pdsoros.org/apply. Eligibility requirements for the most recent application cycle are posted here: https://www.pdsoros.org/apply/eligibility. (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.