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SVA awards partial tuition scholarships to help talented students realize their dreams of becoming professional artists. Scholarships are primarily available to full-time students seeking admission to the fall semester, and are based on academic and creative merit. First-time freshman awards are renewable for each of the subsequent three years, providing the recipient maintains full-time enrollment and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Transfer awards are renewable, based on the level of placement at which the student enters SVA, providing the recipient maintains full-time enrollment and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Scholarship awards can be deferred only under special circumstances.

Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship

First-time freshman and transfer applicants seeking admission to a full-time undergraduate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA are eligible for this award. SVA scholarship decisions are based on a review of applicants’ portfolios and academic records.

To be considered for a scholarship, all admissions materials (including a digital portfolio on CD-R or uploaded to sva.slideroom.com) must be postmarked by the appropriate deadline: 

  • November 1, 2013 for Spring 2014 Scholarship
  • February 1, 2014 for Freshman Fall 2014 Scholarship
  • March 1, 2014 for Transfer Fall 2014 Scholarship

Students that possess a minimum 3.0 GPA and adhere to the deadlines stated above will automatically be reviewed for scholarship. All applicants, including international students, U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to be considered for scholarship.

SVA does not require a separate application for the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship. SVA only notifies recipients of the award.

Chairman’s Merit Award (CMA)

All applicants that are considered for the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship are also automatically considered for the Chairman’s Merit Award. The CMA
is a secondary tier award in the Silas H. Rhodes competition. Awards are based on the student’s academic and creative merit. Renewal of this award is contingent upon the maintenance of full-time enrollment and a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

SVA does not require a separate application for the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship or Chairman's Merit Award. SVA only notifies recipients of the award.

National Scholastic Art Award Scholarships

Working in support of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, SVA offers two scholarships through the Scholastic Art Awards national competition. SVA will select two recipients: one in art and design and one in photography from the list of winners forwarded by the Scholastic Art Awards. All candidates included on the list who have identified SVA as one of their top choices of colleges will automatically be considered for these scholarships. Awards will be granted to eligible high school seniors.

There is no additional application procedure for the National Scholastic Art Award Scholarship, and SVA only notifies recipients of the award. Students who have previously been awarded a Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship are not eligible.

For entry information, contact the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc., 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012-3999; 212.343.6493; www.scholastic.com/artandwriting

Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition

A scholarship is awarded each year to one of the finalists selected by the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. For more information, visit www.state.oh.us/govart.

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