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Visual arts students who major in photography may find many photography scholarships to apply for. Photography scholarships are a type of merit award.
This means the provider is looking at your talents. So, to
apply, they may ask you to submit a photography portfolio or brief video.
Sometimes you will need to focus your photography around a theme. Documentary photography, nature or wedding photos are some examples of projects.
But you may be able to take photos on any device. It could
be a cell phone, DSLR camera, view camera, or any other capture device, film or
In order to qualify you must write an essay and submit your GPA scores. Providers may also favor candidates who take part in visual arts activities in their community. You want to showcase overall why you deserve to win a scholarship through your photos.
Idaho Scenic Images Scholarship awards $500 to an Idaho high school senior. Eligible applicants must submit a short essay detailing what photography means to them. Students must also submit several landscape photos along with their submission.
Since a photography scholarship is free money and not a loan, it can be useful if your goal is to earn a four year degree. Earning a scholarship or two can make you more attractive for college admissions. Also, you can show off your photography skills while investing in your education.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the cost of a degree in photography is $6,495 at a public college. Or, $32,295 if you study at a private college.
After you graduate, there are many possible career paths. Apart from a “good eye”, photojournalists tend to need a bachelor’s degree, so this may be one option. If you need to take a study break, you should start applying to scholarships now.
Scholarships are great options to help pay for your college. Check out our list of photography scholarships below.
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