Grants and Scholarships

The Art Students League is committed to keeping tuition affordable for anyone pursuing his or her art journey. All students benefit from our affordable monthly tuition, which represents only about half of the actual cost of classes. Students are eligible to apply for additional financial assistance through The League’s work-study program, merit scholarships, and grants. Unless otherwise stated, grants include full tuition for one year plus a cash award and are open only to League members. Scholarships include full or partial tuition and are open to all current students and prospective new students to The League.

The League’s scholarship program is historic and continue ally growing with renewed involvement from new donors and foundations as well as existing legacy scholarships that have been a mainstay of The Art Students League for decades. Some past recipients of scholarships of note have been Norman Rockwell, James Rosenquist, Tshabalala Self, to name a few. Annually, The League awards scholarships and grants from the funds listed below.


Application information for the 2023 Grants and Scholarships Merit Competition will be announced in January.

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If you have questions about our grants or scholarships program, please contact Tom Tacik at [email protected].


Merit Grants and Scholarships



Nessa Cohen Grant for students not registered in painting or pastel classes
Harvey and Lois Dinnerstein Grant for Realist Art
The Bruce Dorfman Grant for Assemblage/Mixed Media
Xavier Gonzalez and Ethel Edwards Travel Grant for students of painting for travel and study in Spain
The Kuniyoshi Award for students of painting or printmaking
Ann and Bruno Lucchesi Grant for students of traditional figurative sculpture in clay
Gregory Lysun Grant for students of painting working in a representational style
Phyllis H. Mason Grant for students of painting working in a representational style
Doreta Kesson Masterton Grant for students of painting working in a representational style
Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant for unmarried students available for travel and study in Europe
Donn Russell Grant for artist materials
Lloyd Sherwood Grant for a student working in a nonobjective style in oil, acrylic, or mixed media


Merit Scholarships

Norma Adler Scholarship for students of abstract art
Adolf H. and Ada Aldrich Scholarship for students of realism and semi-realism
American Watercolor Society Scholarship
Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Scholarship
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Blake Scholarship
Elizabeth A. Clarke Scholarship
The Ronnie Cutler Award for students of oil painting
Janet and Russell Doubleday Scholarship
Margaret Stefan Draughon Scholarships
The Joe Eula Scholarship for artists whose work focuses on drawing
Vivian A. Frankel Scholarship for sculptors
Trudy and Henry Gillette Painting Scholarship
Trudy and Henry Gillette Sculpture Scholarship
Sidney Glusman Scholarship
Denise Suzanne Golinger Scholarship
Ray E. Goodbred Memorial Scholarship Fund, in memory of Rose Raymond Goodbred and Edward Stone
Goodbred Roberta Goode Scholarship
Margo L. H. Hammerschlag Scholarship
Ardis Hughes Scholarship
Antoinette Jacoby Scholarship
James C. Johnson Scholarship for sculptors
The Zena Kaplan Scholarship for women
Gerda Karr Scholarship for sculptors
Ruth Katzman Scholarship, in loving memory of her parents, Lilian and Max Katzman
Ezra Jack Keats Scholarships for Illustration (2) for BIPOC artists with an interest in children’s book illustration
Richard Lahey and Carlotta Gonzales Lahey Memorial Scholarship
Richard Lillis Memorial Scholarship
Reginald Marsh and Felicia Meyer Marsh Scholarship
The Henri Matisse Estate Scholarship
Anthony Palumbo Scholarship for figurative drawing
Charlotte Howard Porter Scholarship
Portraits for Good Scholarship for BIPOC artists working in figurative painting
Ruth Price Memorial Scholarship
Jordan H. Prince Scholarship
George A. Rada Memorial Scholarship for artists working in the realist tradition
John M. Regan Jr. Scholarship
Martha T. Rosen Memorial Scholarship
Leonard Rosenfeld Scholarship in Painting
Hillard Schneider Scholarship for sculpture
The Adam and Susan Strider Scholarship for watercolor
Richard Tweedy Drawing Scholarship
Sol Tanne Scholarship Ventura Family Scholarship for printmaking
Charles Blaze Vukovich Scholarship
Vaclav Vytlacil Memorial Scholarship, gift of Dr. Henry L. Segal and Evelyn Buff Segal
Davyd Whaley Memorial Scholarship for abstract painting
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Scholarship for women


Tuition Relief

Director’s Scholarships


The Director’s Scholarship was established to assist artists who demonstrate financial need and artistic promise. The scholarship covers the cost of one full-time or part-time class for one school year from September through May.

Apply Here For Tuition Relief


Work Study


The work-study program was established to assist artists who demonstrate financial need and artistic merit. Work-study applications are accepted throughout the year and are available on a limited basis. Once awarded, the applicant works four hours per week at the League in exchange for a scholarship that covers approximately 75% of the monthly class tuition for one school year (September through May). Scholarship recipients are responsible to pay the remaining balance of the class fee and all other fees applicable during time of monthly registration. The Work-Study Coordinator assigns work-study scholarships.  For further details or to receive an application, call (212) 247-4510 extension 101.


Funding for the Work-Study Scholarship Program has been made possible by generous League supporters over the years including:


William and Doris Adelman Memorial Scholarship Fund
John D. Alexander in memory of M. Zelwian
Doreen Booker Bibro Scholarship for women over 40 (Available to work-study students, awards cover 25% of tuition)
Edward E. Block Martha Moore and Louis A. Burnett Olin Dows Estate
Peter and Jane Coleman
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust
Edward Gilbert Estate
Emilie I. Guntrum
Helen Herman
Hans and Dr. Emma I. Jacoby
Kathleen I. Kudra Award
The Hans Langhammer Family Scholarship Fund
Mary S. Litt and the Litt Foundation
Janine Luke Fund, in memory of Nina Schick
The Gloria Caruso Murray Scholarship Fund
The National Association of Women Artists
The New York Foundation in honor of Maria Mottola
The Pastel Society of America
The Sara Roby Scholarship Fund
Sidney Simon Memorial Fund
Theodore Adam Smith, in memory of his brother, Robert L. Smith
The Stillman-Lack Foundation, in memory of Ary Stillman
Benedict M. Tatti Scholarship Fund, established by the Tatti Family
Sydney Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by Ada Abrams


Naming a scholarship or grant is a very meaningful way to honor a cherished family member or friend.  To inquire about establishing a grant or scholarship, please email Elizabeth Kingman, Director of Development [email protected]