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2021 ARTsmart Art Changes Lives Scholarship

ARTsmart will award a scholarship to one outstanding high school senior art student graduating from any high school or homeschool equivalent in New Mexico to attend up to four years of study of visual art at the university or college (including a two-year community college) level. 

The 2021 Art Changes Lives Scholarship will provide $5,000 for the first year and $1,500 for each subsequent year up to three years. This is a multi-year scholarship. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester/quarter. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and submit an annual copy of current academic transcripts to ARTsmart in order to continue receiving scholarship funds. The funds will be given directly to the college/university in the winning student’s name. The recipient must provide ARTsmart with her, his, or their student ID number and contact name and address of the admissions department of the student’s chosen college or university.

Application Form and supporting materials must be received by ARTsmart by the due date:
Saturday, May 1, 2021.
Application may be submitted electronically via online application below, and supporting materials may be submitted by email, or by mailing to PO Box 22363, Santa Fe, NM 87502.

See previous Art Changes Lives Scholarship winners here.

Criteria

  1. Student Applicant must have at least two completed years of high school art in New Mexico (or homeschool equivalent).
  2. Have a 3.0 or higher Grade Point Average (or homeschool equivalent).
  3. The graduating student must be planning to attend a college/university or art institution (including community college) within one year of graduation where they will be pursuing a degree in visual art or arts education.
  4. Submit Application Form and all accompanying materials by due date 5/1/21.

Materials to Submit: 

A complete Application Form (below) that includes 3 essays responding to these questions:

  • In your view, in what way(s) does art change lives and how does it impact you and others?
  • What is it about art that engages you? What processes, art forms, techniques, media, art history, and/or contemporary issues do you want to learn about in your future studies?
  • How do you currently contribute to your community and how do you want to contribute in the future?

 

Portfolio of work: Portfolio must all be digital images of 5-8 pieces (physical pieces of artwork will not be accepted).  Minimum of 5, maximum of 20 digital images (multiple views of 3D art are recommended).  Images may be submitted in jpeg, gif, png, tiff, and pdf platforms and videos in mp4 platforms must be mailed or emailed to info@artsmartnm.org with Applicant’s full name and “Art Changes Lives Scholarship” in the subject line. Suggested image title format: First Initial, Last Name, Title.jpeg

Copy of official transcripts showing 3.0 or higher high school Grade Point Average (or homeschool equivalent). Mail or email to info@artsmartnm.org with Applicant’s full name and “Art Changes Lives Scholarship” in the subject line. 

Proof of acceptance for college/university Student Applicant will be attending. Mail or email to info@artsmartnm.org with Applicant’s full name and “Art Changes Lives Scholarship” in the subject line.

Letters of recommendation from two references (Art Teacher/Instructor plus one other non-family adult). Mail or email to info@artsmartnm.org with Applicant’s full name and “Art Changes Lives Scholarship” in the subject line.

All materials must be received by ARTsmart no later than 5:00 pm Saturday, May 1, 2021. Application may be submitted electronically via online application below, and supporting materials may be submitted by email, or by mailing to ARTsmart PO Box 22363, Santa Fe, NM 87502.

 All Student Applicants will be notified by email by May 21st.

You may print out pdf versions of the Scholarship Criteria and Application or use online Application Form below.

Questions

Contact us at info@artsmartnm.org or 505.992.2787.

 

Application Form

ARTsmart Art Changes Lives Scholarship Application

This application is for High School seniors or equivalent in New Mexico seeking an Art Changes Lives Scholarship to attend up to four years of art studies at the College/University level. Please submit only one application per person. You have the option to save and finish the application at a later date. APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED IN FULL AND ALL SUPPORTING MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY ARTSMART VIA EMAIL OR MAIL BY MAY 1, 2021.
  • The Applicant is the student applying for ARTsmart's Art Changes Lives Scholarship.
  • Please fill out if different than Applicant's Address.
  • High School or equivalent that Applicant is attending. If home schooled, type "home school."
  • Applicant's current High School Grade Point Average (or equivalent). Please send a copy of transcript(s) that verify Applicant's GPA (or equivalent) of 3.0 or higher to ARTsmart. THIS ITEM IS REQUIRED. Email to info@artsmartnm.org. Include Applicant’s Name in the email’s Subject Line for identification. Or mail to PO Box 22363, Santa Fe, NM 87502.
  • Please type the name of the school here and send proof of acceptance to Applicant's College/University (copy of acceptance notification) to ARTsmart. THIS ITEM IS REQUIRED. Email to info@artsmartnm.org. Include Applicant’s Name in the email’s Subject Line for identification. Or mail to PO Box 22363, Santa Fe, NM 87502.
  • Name of Applicant's Art Teacher or other supporting teacher, instructor, or mentor. Please send a copy of LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION to ARTsmart. THIS ITEM IS REQUIRED. Email to info@artsmartnm.org. Include Applicant’s Name in the email’s Subject Line for identification. Or mail to PO Box 22363, Santa Fe, NM 87502. This person may be contacted by ARTsmart on behalf of Applicant.
  • This person can be another teacher or a non-family adult in your community that knows you well. Please send a copy of LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION to ARTsmart. THIS ITEM IS REQUIRED. Email to info@artsmartnm.org. Include Applicant’s Name in the email’s Subject Line for identification. Or mail to PO Box 22363, Santa Fe, NM 87502. This person may be contacted by ARTsmart on behalf of Applicant.
  • Create an original statement about how art can change lives. This is also where you can state why you desire to win/why you are deserving of this scholarship. 300 words max.
  • Create a statement about your interest in art. If you already know what your major/speciality will be you may state it here. 300 words max.
  • Create a statement about what you do and would like to do as an individual to contribute to your community. You can also list in-school and out-of-school activities here. 300 words max.
  • Is there anything else that you would like us to know about you? You can list more names/contacts of references, any awards, special recognitions, or circumstances here.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.