MFA in Visual Art


Vermont College of Fine Arts recognizes the importance scholarships play in helping students meet financial needs. VCFA provides merit based scholarships and need based scholarships. In addition, we provide resources for external scholarships and tips on researching external scholarships.

Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need. Need based scholarships require the submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. VCFA uses the financial results from the FAFSA to determine a student's level of financial need.

The MFA in Visual Art program awards several small merit scholarships to enrolled students. Merit and need based scholarships range from $250 to $1,500. To apply for scholarships students must be accepted into the program and should notify the program director of interest in being considered for scholarships.

Dolan Foundation Minority Scholarships

This scholarship fund was established by the Dolan Foundation for minority students enrolled in the MFA in Visual Art Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. The selection of the students to receive the scholarships will be made by the MFA-Visual Art committee, which consists of the Administrative Director, Faculty Chair and faculty members. The amount of awards will depend on the amount the endowment yields each year.

The scholarship will be awarded to an incoming minority student every semester. This student will be ensured of a scholarship throughout his/her tenure in the program (unless placed on academic probation), therefore the funds will be divided so that one student in each of the four semesters of the MFA-V Program will be granted a scholarship.

Other VCFA Scholarships and Awards

  • The Levin/Lutz Prize, established by the first graduates of the MFA program, is granted to third-semester students whose exceptional progress in the program deserves special recognition.
  • The Janet Kaplan Memorial Scholarship was established by alumni and faculty of the program in honor of our founding faculty member. This award honors students entering their final semester of the program, in support of their final exhibition costs and studio needs.
  • A full, four-week fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, awarded to one of our graduates of VCFA’s MFA Program in Visual Arts.

External Visual Art Scholarships

Aaron Siskind Foundation’s Individual Photographer’s Fellowship

The Aaron Siskind Foundations IPF award is offered to artists working in still photography or photography-based media. There are no restrictions on the subject matter or processes of past or projected work. However, applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are not currently enrolled in a degree-granting program.

Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Program

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of development agencies with mandates ranging from health and education to architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalization of historic cities. The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies.

American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship

The American Scandinavian Foundation awards fellowships and grants for students from Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, and Finland to study in America, and also for Americans to study in these countries.

American Indonesian Cultural and Educational Foundation, Inc

The foundation offers scholarships for study in the U.S. to citizens of Indonesia who intend to return to their home country, have with genuine financial need, and a superior academic record. Students with previous or current teaching experience should apply for support in Education.

Antonio Cirino Memorial Art Education Fellowship

If you can be considered a Rhode Island resident for at least five years, you may qualify for the Antonio Cirino Memorial Fund. Though preference is given to visual artists, the fund offers scholarships to Rhode Island artists in all concentrations who need financial assistance towards graduate education and want to pursue a teaching career in the arts.

The Dedalus Foundation

Schools may nominate candidates for MFA fellowships from the Dedalus Foundation. The foundation awards two grants to final-year MFA students matriculated at a college, university or art school in the United States.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Hispanic Scholarship Fund scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage to obtain a degree. They are available on a competitive basis to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Joan Mitchell Foundation

The Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Master of Fine Arts Grant Program makes annual awards to fifteen MFA students who have a focus in painting or sculpture. The selection process is highly competitive and is based on submission of existing artwork and a proposal detailing how the artist intends to use the grant.

John Gyles Education Awards

John Gyles Education Awards are available each year to students in both Canada and the United States. Those selected will receive up to $3000.

The Point Foundation

The Point Foundation awards up to $500,000 in scholarships annually to U.S. and International students who are LGBT or have a history of LGBT leadership and plan to continue their leadership role in the LGBT community. Applications must be attending U.S. schools.

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships

Worldstudio Foundation, in conjunction with AIGA, the professional association for design, provide scholarships to minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying design and arts disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority offers scholarships to those women pursuing professional, masters and doctoral degrees, as well as those engaged in post-doctoral study. This scholarship is awarded for full-time study for one academic year.


David Markow

VP for Enrollment Management
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