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What are Creative Scholarships?

Creative scholarships are merit based awards that tend to reward talents rather than grades. So, if you like to express your creativity, they can be a useful way to pay for college.

Many creative scholarships are for fine arts students with gifts in the visual arts. Visual arts majors are photography or design based arts like painting, graphic design or animation.

But you do not have to be a visual arts student to apply for a creative scholarship. Your artistic interests may lie in music, creative writing, dance, theater or film. It may be a hobby for you rather than your college major.

Either way, applying for a creative scholarship may be quick and simple. In fact, all you might need to do is upload a portfolio, project, photo, short video or essay.

What Creative Scholarships Can Students Apply for?

High school and college students may find many creative scholarships to show off their imagination. These types of awards are really fun to get your creative juices flowing in order to help pay for college.

Dixie Belle Paint Company Scholarship wants to help students succeed and graduate. To do this they offer a new award called the Creativity Leads to Success Scholarship. It is open to all high school, college and grad students who are also US citizens.

To apply, you fill out a quick form and write a 500 word essay that answers the question, “How does individual creativity lead to success?” There will be three winners. One grand prize of $2,500 and two prizes of $1,250 each.

Each year Arts for Life! awards $1,000 creative scholarships to 25 graduating high school seniors in Florida. Winners show their excellence in creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual art.  Launched by former First Lady Columba Bush in 1999, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 500 gifted high school seniors.

To apply, you must submit a completed application, a brief essay explaining “How the arts have positively influenced my life” and a portfolio of work in one of five areas. Creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual art.

How a Creativity Scholarship Helps Pay for College?

Scholarships could cover the high costs of pursuing a college degree. Tuition, fees, housing, and other expenses may be paid for by a creative scholarship. Also, scholarships are a better alternative to a student loan.

According to the NCES, the average student loan amount for undergraduates was $7,200 for one academic year. Within the last decade, college tuition has increased by 19% on average. Public institutions tuition and fees went up by 18% compared to private nonprofit schools increased by 15%.

Since college is getting more expensive every year, you should start applying for creative scholarships today! Many creative scholarships tend to be renewable so it may help pay for college until you graduate. That means you might not have to pay out of pocket or borrow more student loans!

List of Creative Scholarships

To help you in your search, here is a list of creative scholarships to apply for. Follow the application guidelines, be mindful of deadlines and let your originality and creativity shine through!

Brandon Wong & Associates Difference Makers Scholarship

Brandon Wong & Associates is a San Antonio-based family law firm founded on the principles of hard work and quality of representation. As a firm that practices exclusively in the area of family law, we have accumulated the depth of experience necessary to handle everything from a straightforward, uncontested divorce to high-conflict cases involving multiple contested issues, as well as high-asset matters where complex property division issues need to be addressed. With our experience representing clients from all walks of life, we can address unique concerns related to issues such as military divorce, spousal support, or business valuations.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: May 30, 2023

Empowering Future Psychologists: Scholarships for Students Pursuing Higher Education

Casinos Blockchain is providing a scholarship opportunity for psychology students passionate about positively impacting their field. As part of the scholarship application process, students will be asked to write an essay on the following topic: “Can Temperament Type Predict Online Gambling Addiction?“ The scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in psychology. The program awards scholarships to help students cover tuition, books, and other academic expenses. The essay prompt for the blockchain scholarship application focuses on a significant issue in the online gambling industry and mental health care.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: June 06, 2023

Mary Bowman Arts in Activism Award

In May of 2019, the HIV/AIDS world lost its most promising poet, advocate, author, singer and young person living with AIDS, Mary Bowman. Mary was 30 years old. Born with HIV, she lived out her experiences of growing up and living with HIV (and losing a mother to AIDS) through her art. As a young, out woman of color, she was a dynamic, vital voice for the next generation of individuals living with HIV—proud, willing to speak of her own challenges with not just her own health needs (mental health, social support) —but also a fierce advocate for other young people with HIV for whom a voice was lacking. For Mary, the arts gave her the platform and voice to channel her creative energy, her passion, her truth.

Total: $10000

Awards: 2

Deadline: July 16, 2023

Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

The Stuck at Prom Scholarship Program is available to high school students with creativity. Applicants must create and wear an outfit completely made of Duck brand duct tape to a school prom. Applicants must be 14 years of age or older and a resident of the United States or Canada to enter. Interested students can go to to obtain official contest rules and a registration form. Information is available under the ‘Contests’ link. Each applicant is required to submit a completed entry form and one color photograph (professional or amateur) of him or herself in prom attire; the applicant’s full name, address, telephone number, email address (if applicable) and age/grade level, and the name of the closest major city to the individual’s hometown; a release form and, if any entrant is a minor (under 18 years of age), that individual’s parent or guardian; and the name, address, and telephone number of the high school, or home school association, which is hosting the prom, and the date the prom was held. The complete entry must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on the deadline date. If the students cannot scan and upload their signed release forms online, those forms must be faxed to the number provided. Students may also mail their entry information to the address provided. Entries postmarked after the deadline date will not be accepted.

Total: $20100

Awards: 4

Deadline: July 31, 2023

2023 Fight for Freedom Scholarship

J. Ryan Brown Law, LLC’s Fight for Freedom Scholarship is intended to award one student with $1,000 who shares a piece of legislation or regulation that has been a recent controversial topic, and best explains why this law should be abolished or kept in place. We ask students to please share how this law has personally impacted them.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: July 31, 2023

HWA $2,500 Scholarship

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has established two $2500 Scholarships to assist in the professional development of horror writers: The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship, and the Horror Writers Association Scholarship. These rules also broadly apply to the other scholarships. Please click here for the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship information, click here for rules for the Dark Poetry Scholarship, click here for the Dennis Etchison Scholarship, click here for the Diversity Grants, click here for the Young Adults Write Now Endowments, and click here for The Scholarship From Hell. The Scholarships are effectively two facets of the same award; applicants enter the same competition using the same application form. A sub-committee of the HWA Board chooses the scholarship winners from that pool of applicants. The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship is available for those members who identify as women and the Horror Writers Association Scholarship is available for any member, regardless of gender.

Total: $2500

Awards: 1

Deadline: August 01, 2023

We Art Scholarship

The We Art Corporation was established during the development of Jaiko Magazine, a platform for new public figures from aspects of fashion and beauty, in 2019. As the founder, Jasper. M-Jones continued the journey of discovering her purpose she sparked an idea to start a career discussion panel to educate students on the reality of the fashion and beauty industry. This idea was influenced by a contract scam she encountered at the age of 17 in exchange for her resignation. While on Jaiko’s first magazine tour from 2019 to early 2020 she connected with the creator of L.Boyce Bridal and Beyond, LaQuoshia Boyce, whom she met at a Super Bowl fashion show in February 2019. LaQuoshia came up with the name We Art and branded the title with the colors Black, Teal, and Red.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: August 06, 2023

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

This creative and fun scholarship program is open to all U.S. students who are 14 and older and who are currently enrolled (or enroll no later than fall of 2026) in an accredited postsecondary institution of higher education. One scholarship winner with an imaginative and well-written response to the scholarship question about the Zombie Apocalypse will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Total: $2000

Awards: 1

Deadline: October 31, 2023

Teen Changemakers Essay Contest

We All Have Mental Health… How Can Students’ Mental Health Be Supported Virtually? Connect with your peers virtually to understand what is needed to support their mental health during this time. Create a virtual mental health campaign or program, including how you would implement it, by working with your school staff such as, principal, counseling office, and teacher(s). Deadline Date: December 1st Value of the Scholarship: $1,000, $500, $250 Number of Scholarships Available: 3 (one for each cash award) For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship providers website below.

Total: $3000

Awards: 3

Deadline: December 01, 2023

$3000 WEAR & I Fashion Pioneer Scholarship

WEAR & I is passionate about fashion and would like to help you pay part of your tuition fees or provide financial support in fashion! Both high school and college students can apply, and we aim to find candidates who have their own unique insights into fashion and outfits. We have set up scholarships with a total amount of 3000 US dollars (1500, 1000, and 500 each). We will pay directly to your personal account. Beauty, regardless of gender, race, body shape, or whether you are rich or poor, we hope you can share your fashion stories to impress every beauty lover??.

Total: $3000

Awards: 3

Deadline: May 01, 2024