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Scholarship details

Award Type
  1. Portion of Tuition
Distribution
Renewable
Max Award Amount
$4000
Min Award Amount
$2000
Awards per Year
3
Institution Requirements
  1. Only Applicants to a Specific Program can apply
Academic Requirements
  1. High School Senior
  2. Attending 4 year Undergraduate College or University
  3. Attending a Graduate Program
  4. Other (Please Add)
Academic Specialization
  1. Computer Animation
  2. Creative Writing
  3. Digital Media
  4. Film
  5. Illustration
  6. Motion Design
  7. Photography
  8. Screenwriting
  9. Theater
  10. Television
  11. Visual Arts
Citizenship Requirements
  1. None
Regional Requirements
  1. No Requirement
Identity Requirements
  1. No Requirement
Ethnicity Requirements
  1. No Requirement
Financial Requirement
  1. No Requirement
Put your artistic vision to the test for an opportunity to earn a scholarship to SCAD, The University for Creative Careers.

SCAD Challenge entries must consist of a single piece and demonstrate creativity, innovation, and a strong understanding of aesthetics. Let your design speak to your skill level and ability to handle university-level art and design assignments.

There are three separate competitions within the SCAD Challenge: undergraduate, transfer, and graduate. The undergraduate challenge is open to current juniors and seniors in high school as of the 2023-24 academic year. The transfer challenge is open to any student planning to transfer to SCAD during the 2024-25 academic year. The graduate challenge is open to anyone planning to enroll in a SCAD graduate program during the 2024-25 academic year. A panel of SCAD faculty will review and evaluate submitted entries and select winners from each category.

Read more to discover how to get a scholarship to SCAD.

Undergraduate challenge categories​

  • 2D design
  • 3D design
  • Acting
  • Animation, motion, and technology
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Graphic design
  • Photography
  • Writing

Transfer challenge category​

Submit one single piece from any of the categories listed for the undergraduate challenge that you feel best represents your talent as an artist or designer. This does not need to be a piece from your primary major of interest but whatever you feel is your absolute strongest work.

Graduate challenge categories​

  • 2D and 3D design
  • Animation, motion, and technology
  • Fashion
  • Film and acting
  • Graphic design, advertising, and business/marketing
  • Photography
  • Writing

About the Awards

Winners from each SCAD Challenge category will receive a scholarship upon admission to the university. Scholarships are renewable each year until completion of a bachelor's or master's degree as long as the recipient maintains a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (bachelor's) or 3.25 (master's).

Entrants may not place in more than one category in a single program year. If an entrant places multiple times in separate program years, the entrant will be awarded the higher of the two amounts.
Application Requirements
  1. College Transcript
  2. HS Transcript
  3. Essay(s)
  4. Interview
  5. Narrative Statement
  6. Letter(s) of Recommendation
  7. Portfolio
  8. Resume
  9. SAT, ACT, or GRE scores

Application Requirements Description

Step 1: Complete an application​

  • Entrants must complete an application for admission to SCAD to be eligible to participate in the SCAD Challenge. Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. (Submit your application.)
  • Submit work to be considered in one or more SCAD Challenge categories, keeping in mind your submission is not required to reflect your major of interest. For example, if you intend on majoring in interior design at SCAD, and your current strength is photography, you may submit a piece in the photography category. You may submit only one piece per SCAD Challenge category.

Step 2: Submit your work​

  • Once you have completed an application for admission at SCAD, submit your work to the SCAD Challenge categories in SlideRoom. Scroll down in SlideRoom, and review all of the SCAD Challenge guidelines. Applicants may enter work into multiple categories. Artwork must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024.
  • Your entry should show work in one or more of the SCAD Challenge categories listed above. To see submission guidelines and enter your work, log on to SlideRoom.
  • From the directory of portfolio categories, scroll toward the bottom of the page, and select the SCAD Challenge category that matches the competition you wish to enter (for example: "SCAD Undergraduate Challenge: Photography, 2024").
    • Complete the form as directed, upload your materials, and submit.
Winners will be notified on March 1, 2024.

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