$1,000 Scholarship Contest for Students of the Arts

Contest Update: 2015/2016 Scholarship Contest Winner(s) Have Been Announced! - 2017 Event Going On Now...

Creative Scholarship Opportunity
We want to encourage students of any and all creative fields to apply for this scholarship. Our purpose is not to burden you with limitations, but rather to open up to your creativity and artistic passions. We hear from very talented artists, writers and photographers from around the world on a regular basis who have no idea how to get proper exposure to their work - our goal is to get the next generation of creative individuals thinking about those things now before they take the plunge into the "real world." Although not an exhaustive list, we would love to see scholarship applicants from students in the following fields:

  • Painters
  • Graphic Designers
  • Musicians
  • Creative Writers
  • Cartoonists
  • Interior Decorators
  • Sculptors
  • Fashion Designers
  • Architects
  • Film Majors
  • etc.

If you are involved in any of these fields (or have a good argument for us to consider a similar artistic field) please do not hesitate to apply for this scholarship. Put your creativity to the test, and we'll put one thousand dollars in your pocket. Apply today!

Follow These Steps to Submit:

1) Write Your Plan: Describe in ~500-1000 words your unique plan to turn your artistic passion into a profitable business.
Hint: simply stating that you will "look for a job in the industry" or "throw my art online and see what happens" will not likely earn you a victory! It can be difficult to make a good living in this industry, so tell us what you plan to do differently to give yourself an opportunity to stand out and succeed.

2) Create a YouTube (or Vimeo, or other channel) video to introduce your business.
Hint: doesn't have to be expensive or professionally produced, but creativity is key! Look at Kickstarter.com for examples of how startups are introducing their products, ideas and inventions. Create something similar for your artistic business idea. We will rate your submission higher if you make efforts to draw attention to your submission (with Facebook "Likes", Retweets, Bookmarks, etc - go to www.AddThis.com for social sharing tools if they are not already on your website/blog).

3) Stamp of Approval: Copy/Paste the following message as the first line of the description of your YouTube video: www.ModernAbstractDecor.com Students of the Arts scholarship contest submission!

4) Notify Us: Fill out the form below to officially notify us of your valid submission.
Hint: Carefully review submission requirements to ensure a complete and comprehensive application.

About the Scholarship Contest

Nicholas Yust & Eric Waddington are both the product of higher education, and not long after graduation, joined forces to establish full time careers in the art industry. In an effort to encourage fellow artists to pursue their dreams in whatever field of study they choose, we are offering an annual scholarship contest! This is all about helping young artists make a career out of their passion. Even for non-winning submissions we often times will post feedback and suggestions to help them learn and succeed.

Who Can Apply?

Nicholas and Eric each quit high paying jobs in the middle of the recession in order to grow their art business full time. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM OTHERS WITH SIMILAR PASSION FOR THE ARTS! Any graduating senior or currently enrolled student in an art-related program at any school or university is eligible.

Previous Scholarship Contest Winners

Terms & Conditions

Eligibility - Any graduating seniors looking to enroll in an arts program, as well as any students currently enrolled (full-time or part-time) in an arts program at a college, trade school or university is eligible for our "Students of the Arts" scholarship, being offered by ModernAbstractDecor.com. No citizenship requirements apply. Any applicant must have met all of the requirements outlined above in order to qualify.

Submission Deadline - All submissions must be received by August 31st, 2017 in order to qualify for this year's art scholarship. Submissions received after August 31st may be considered for next year's scholarship, unless the structure or requirements change significantly.

Choosing a Winner - All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by our panel of judges. Credit will be given based on creativity of the business plan, estimated success of the proposal, perceived enthusiasm for the arts, etc. The student's effort to actively promote their submission on the website where it is displayed will also be taken into consideration. Winners will be announced typically within 60 days of the end of the submission deadline. Upon verification of eligibility, the student will be notified by email of their award. The student's approved school will then receive a one-time disbursement of $1,000 as a scholarship for the winning student. The student is responsible to ensure receipt of funds by the school and notify us if such is not the case within 60 days of the announcement.

NOTE: In the event that the student's school would prefer to have the award paid directly to the student as award money rather than being paid to the school as a scholarship, we will do so upon request.

Minimum Submissions Requirement - We must receive a minimum of 25 qualified applicants (with all requirements met) for the competition. If fewer than 25 apply, all submissions will be rolled over into the following year.

ModernAbstractDecor.com reserves the right to terminate this scholarship program at any time without any notice. If too few submissions are received to be competitive the scholarship committee may reduce the amount of the award, or if the committee feels as though there is not a project that meets the standards of a winning submission, they may not reward the prize at all. This scholarship program is void where prohibited.