Scholarship Overview

The Iowa Scholarship for the Arts is a private scholarship funded by the Iowa Arts Council intended for the development of graduating high school students who wish to pursue careers in visual and performing arts.

The scholarship is given by the organization each academic year, and amount to $1,000 per recipient. The grant money can be used to offset various college education costs such as tuition, books, and miscellaneous expenses.

Eligibility Criteria for the Iowa Scholarship for the Arts

Students who wish to apply for the Iowa Scholarship for the Arts must be high school seniors who are residents of the State of Iowa. They should have already been accepted to an arts program in a college or university located in Iowa.. Applicants should also provide outstanding artistic abilities in any of the following fields:

  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Literature
  • Dance
  • Theater
  • Folk and/or Traditional Arts

Children of the Iowa Arts Council board or staff are not eligible for the scholarship.

How to Apply

To apply for the Iowa Scholarship for the Arts, students should fill up an application form which can be downloaded from the organization’s website ( Aside from the completely-filled up form, applicants must also provide a one-page essay on why they should be accepted for the scholarship. Two letters of recommendation from their high school faculty or accredit arts group or organization should also be submitted, together with a portfolio of their artistic abilities.

Aspiring writers must provide 3 copies of Artistic Achievement Literature Sample.

Performing artists must provide 3 copies of Artistic Achievement CD or DVD.

Visual artists meanwhile can email their Artistic Achievement PowerPoint presentation together with their other requirements.

Finalists will be called for an interview screening with a panel of judges from the Iowa Arts Council Board. Winners of the scholarship will be announced via email.

Scholarship Application Deadline

The deadline for submission of application requirements is on every March 8th of each year, at 4:30 PM. Incomplete application requirements as well as illegible, handwritten applications will not be reviewed.

For more information, interested parties may contact:

Veronica O’Hern
Arts Resources Coordinator