CCAD Scholarships

We reward hard work.

We offer two types of institutional scholarships: academic scholarships and merit scholarships. These are based on academic qualifications such as grades and test scores, on your major and on the talent exhibited in your creative portfolio. You’re eligible for scholarships once you’ve been admitted to CCAD’s BFA or MFA programs and if you’ll be attending CCAD for the first time. This includes transfer, international and nontraditional students. These financial awards do not have to be repaid.

How To Apply

All students who are admitted to CCAD are considered for institutional scholarships. You don't have to apply separately.

  • If you’re applying to our undergraduate program, please click here to begin your online application.
  • If you’re applying to our graduate program, please click here.

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are limited and are awarded to the earliest qualifiers based on the materials submitted for review. These tuition-based awards are renewable if you stay enrolled as a full-time student and maintain satisfactory academic standings.

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who also demonstrate exceptional talent in their creative portfolios. Judging is based on your application, including your portfolio, transcripts, letters of recommendation and personal statement.

EXTERNAL COMPETITIONS LINKED WITH INSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

We recognize a number of state and national awards with institutional scholarships for undergraduates. Unless otherwise noted, these scholarships are renewable if you stay enrolled as a full-time student and maintain satisfactory academic standings.

How to Apply

To apply for most of the external competition-linked scholarships, submit official documentation of your achievement to the Admissions Office during the application process.

MVP Scholarships

MVP Visuals is proud to help current and future college students succeed. The company’s annual $500 scholarships are awarded to passionate students who embody the professionalism and creativity of their customers and employees. To qualify, you must be a high school senior entering a U.S. university and pursing a major in graphic arts and design or applied arts or a current U.S. undergraduate student majoring in graphic arts and design or applied art. To apply, please visit the MVP Visuals website.

YoungArts

CCAD offers scholarships to students who are recognized as winners at the national level of the National YoungArts Foundation competition.

  • National winners (Gold, Silver and Levels I, II and III) are eligible for four-year, half-tuition scholarships.
  • YoungArts-related scholarships are coordinated with other financial aid awards.

National Art Honor Society

CCAD offers scholarships to National Art Honor Society certificate holders who submit certificates to the college.

  • Certificate holders are eligible for $4,000 tuition scholarships ($1,000 per year for four years).
  • National Art Honor Society-related scholarships are coordinated with other financial aid awards.

Scholastic Art Awards

CCAD offers scholarships to applicants whose portfolios or individual category submissions to the Scholastic Art Awards are recognized as Gold Medal winners at the national level.

  • National Portfolio Gold Medal winners are eligible for half-tuition scholarships, renewable for up to four years.
  • National Gold Medal winners in individual categories are eligible for $2,000 tuition scholarships ($1,000 per year for two years).
  • Scholastic Art Awards-related scholarships are coordinated with other financial aid awards.

Scholarships related to regional Scholastic Awards include:

  • Seniors American Visions: $500 per year for four years, totaling $2,000 toward the BFA program.
  • Seniors Gold Key and Gold Key portfolios: $250 per year for four years, totaling $1,000 toward the BFA program.
  • Seniors Silver Key and Gold Key portfolios, $125 per year for four years, totaling $500 toward the BFA program.

Battelle

The Battelle Scholarship is a $10,000 award given to a first-year traditional undergraduate student from Franklin County or a neighboring Ohio county who demonstrates potential for leadership, creativity and motivation in an essay.

  • Students who apply to CCAD by Dec. 1 and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, along with a composite ACT score of at least 24 (or a 1090 for the verbal and math portions of the SAT), 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 2.5 or higher and live on campus.

Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition

CCAD offers scholarships to students whose work appears in the statewide Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition.

  • Governor’s Award of Excellence winners are eligible for a $10,000 tuition scholarship, renewable for up to four years.
  • Others whose work is in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition are eligible for $2,000 tuition scholarships ($1,000 per year for two years).
  • Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition-related scholarships are coordinated with other financial aid awards.

YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund

As the premier educational fashion nonprofit in the United States, the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund seeks to identify and create career opportunities for young people worldwide.

  • To be eligible, you must be a current freshman, sophomore, junior or senior and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. And you must have a desire and passion to enter the fashion industry. The scholarship is for majors closely aligned to the fashion industry, including apparel design, graphic design, merchandising and retail studies.
  • Scholarship recipients receive a $5,000 scholarship check payable to the student that can be applied to any educational expense such as tuition, summer housing for an internship, study abroad program, senior collection, etc. Winners are also invited to attend the annual January Awards Gala in New York, with travel expenses paid, and will have access to internship opportunities through YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund partner companies. Each scholarship recipient is strategically matched to an industry executive who will serve as their mentor during the year of the award.

Veterans Benefits

CCAD is approved by the State Approving Agency and the Veterans Administration (VA) for educational benefits.

  • To apply for 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 the certificate of eligibility or letter of authorization that you receive from the VA to CCAD. This must be done before you register for classes.

For more information click here.

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS

To keep receiving any CCAD scholarship, you must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and advance to second-year status by the end of your first two semesters. After that, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and advance to the next respective class rank each year.

Learn more about CCAD's standards of academic progress here.