Future Students & Parents
- How to Apply
- Academic Scholarships
- Merit Scholarships
- How to Apply
- Battelle Scholarship
- National Art Honor Society
- Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition
- Scholastic Art Awards
There are two kinds of CCAD institutional scholarships: academic and merit. They do not have to be repaid and are based on academic qualifications such as grades and test scores; on your major; and on the talent exhibited in your creative portfolio.
They are open to students who have been admitted to CCAD’s BFA or MFA programs and will be attending CCAD for the first time. This includes transfer, international, and nontraditional students.
How to Apply
All students who are admitted to CCAD are automatically considered for CCAD Institutional Scholarships. You do not have to apply separately.
- To apply to CCAD's BFA (undergraduate) program, please go to the How to Apply page to begin your online application.
- If you are a college graduate and would like to apply to CCAD’s MFA (graduate) program, please go to the MFA Application Requirements page.
Academic scholarships are limited and are awarded to the earliest qualifiers based on materials submitted for review. This tuition-based award is renewable if you stay enrolled as a full-time student and maintain satisfactory academic progress as described below. (link to paragraph below)
Merit scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who also demonstrate exceptional talent in their creative portfolio. Judging is based on your CCAD application, including your creative portfolio, high school and/or college transcripts, letters of recommendation, and personal statement.
This tuition-based award is renewable if you stay enrolled as a full-time student and maintain satisfactory academic progress as described below.
CCAD recognizes a number of state and national awards programs with institutional scholarships. These are for undergraduate students only.
Unless otherwise noted, these scholarships are renewable if you stay enrolled as a full-time student and maintain satisfactory academic progress as described below.
How to Apply
To apply for most of the external competition-linked scholarships, submit official documentation of your achievement to the Admissions Office. This can be done at any time during the application process once the application has been started in Slideroom. (Review the application process on the How to Apply page).
For the Battelle Scholarship, you will be invited to apply if your CCAD application meets the standards described below.
State-level or regional awards in art and design not listed below will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Scholarships will be awarded at no more than $1,000/year for four years.
The Battelle Scholarship of $10,000 is awarded to a first-year traditional undergraduate student from Franklin and contiguous counties of Ohio who demonstrates potential for leadership, creativity, and motivation in an essay.
- CCAD applicants with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and 24 ACT composite or 1090 SAT verbal/math total by Dec.1 are invited to submit a Battelle Scholarship application essay.
- This award is renewable if you stay enrolled as a full-time student, maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher, and live on campus.
- Awards are renewable for a maximum of eight fall and spring semesters (four years).
National Art Honor Society
CCAD offers scholarships to National Art Honor Society certificate holders who are admitted to CCAD.
- Certificate holders are eligible for $4,000 tuition scholarships ($2,000 per year for two years).
- NAHS-related scholarships are coordinated with other financial aid awards.
Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition
CCAD offers scholarships to students whose work appears in the statewide Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition and who are admitted to CCAD.
- Governor's Award of Excellence winners are eligible for two-year, full-tuition scholarships.
- Others whose work is in the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition are eligible for $2,000 tuition scholarships ($1,000/year for two years).
- OGYAE-related scholarships are coordinated with other financial aid awards.
Scholastic Art Awards
CCAD offers scholarships to students whose portfolio or individual category submissions to the Scholastic Art Awards are recognized as Gold Medal winners at the national level and who are admitted to CCAD.\
- National Portfolio Gold Medal winners are eligible for two-year, full-tuition scholarships.
- National Gold Medal winners in individual categories are eligible for $2,000 tuition scholarships ($1,000/year for two years).
- SAS-related scholarships are coordinated with other financial aid awards.
CCAD offers scholarships to students who are recognized as winners at the national level of the National YoungArts Foundation competition and who are admitted to CCAD.
National winners (Gold, Silver, Level I, II, and III) are eligible for two-year, full-tuition scholarships.
YoungArts-related scholarships are coordinated with other financial aid awards.
CCAD is approved by the State Approving Agency and the Veterans Administration (VA) for educational benefits.
- To apply Veterans Benefits, you must first apply for admission to CCAD.
- After you are admitted to CCAD, you apply for benefits at the VA office.
- You then submit to CCAD the certificate of eligibility or letter of authorization that you receive from the VA. This must be done before you register for classes.
Once you have been awarded a CCAD scholarship, you must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) and advance to sophomore status by the end of your first two semesters to keep the scholarship. After that, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and advance to the next respective class rank each year.