Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Alliance for Young Artists & Writers

 

Portfolio Scholarships

About this Scholarship

The Portfolio Awards, made possible by generous individual donors and other supporters, offer $10,000 scholarships to 16 Gold Medal Portfolio recipients and $1,000 scholarships to 30 Silver Medal with Distinction Portfolio recipients.

How do I apply?

All graduating seniors submitting a collection of six works with accompanying artist and personal statements (500 words or less) are eligible. When applying, select “Art Portfolio” or “Writing Portfolio” as your category. You will be prompted to include an artist statement and personal statement on your work.

What should I write for the artist and personal statements?

For the artist statement, submit a written statement that provides insight into the creative processes used to render the cohesive collection of works in your portfolio. Your artist statement must not exceed 500 words. The statement will be viewable by jurors. Do not use self-identifying information in the statement. Below are prompts that may help in crafting your artist statement:

What do you want your audience to understand about your collection of works?

What are the key ideas, issues, struggles, or goals within the portfolio?

Did you make deliberate decisions about materials and processes (for art portfolios) or voice and literary devices (for writing portfolios)? What do you want viewers to understand about your collection of works?

What are the key ideas, issues, struggles, or goals within the portfolio?

Did you make deliberate decisions about materials, processes, etc.?

For the personal statement, tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it. Your personal statement must not exceed 500 words. The statement will not be available to view by jurors. It may, however, be viewed by the scholarship committee should your portfolio advance to the national round of judging. Below are prompts that may help in crafting your personal statement:

What is a significant challenge, setback, or failure that you experienced? How did you respond to it? How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

Have you ever had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?