Thank you to Jennifer Boggs for this information regarding the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which awards $3.25 million in scholarships annually (quite an impressive list of past recipients):
It seems every day more news stories emerge about the challenges students and parents face paying for college, but it can be especially difficult if you’re not an athlete or honor student…but an artist. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, now in its 86th year, gives creative teens a chance to earn money for college by using their talents in 25 categories of art and writing including poetry, photography, graphic design, science fiction and sculpture.
Each year through its Scholarship Provider Network, $3.25 million in scholarships are available for young artists that win top awards— $500 to full tuition at 60 colleges, universities and art institutes across the country. In addition, 12 high school seniors receive the highest honor of Portfolio Gold Award for a body of work (visual art or writing), plus $10,000 cash.
Distinguished past recipients include Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Sue Miller, Richard Avedon, Zac Posen, Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath, John Lithgow, Joyce Maynard and Francine Prose, who all received recognition when they were in high school.
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the non-profit that administers the Awards, is now accepting submissions from students in grades 7-12. To find out how to submit work in your region, visit www.artandwriting.org.