KIA Scholarships

About KIA Art School Scholarships

  • Scholarship applications for children's spring classes are welcome by 5 pm on Tuesday, March 17.
  • Scholarship applications for summer classes and camps are welcome by 5 pm on Tuesday, May 5.
  • More than 200 tuition awards for 12 and 8-week classes and Art Camps are granted annually.
  • We have application forms for Children, Young Artists (grades 6-11), and Adults may apply for need-based scholarships or one of three annual merit scholarships.
  • Scholarships awards range from 50% to 100% of tuition.
  • Students must pay a materials fee and buy any additional supplies necessary for the class.
  • Scholarship forms are available in the Art School Office or in PDF form here:

    Children's Scholarship Form (pre K-grade 5)
    Young Artists Scholarship Form (grade 6-12)
    Adult Scholarship Form (ages 18+)

    Scholarship Guidelines

    Please read carefully before completing application. Contact the school director with questions or for assistance in completing scholarship applications.

    • Evaluation criteria for financial need scholarships:
      • Financial need and motivation. (75% children; 50% Young Artists grades 6-11, and adults)
      • Motivation and recommendation. (25% children; Young Artists grades 6-11, and adults)
      • Artistic merit based on creativity, technique, and presentation. (25% Young Artists grades 6-11 and adults)
    • Funds are limited. Partial scholarships (50% of tuition) may be awarded.
    • The decision of the scholarship jury is final.
    • Scholarships must be used in the designated term and year.
    • Separate applications are required for each term.
    • Scholarships may be applied to one course selection only.
    • Students must pay a materials fee and provide their own materials when needed. Contact the school director if additional financial help is required.
    • A letter of recommendation from teacher, counselor, religious organization, or community member addressing the applicant's financial need, motivation, and ability should be attached.
    • Work samples (artwork or high quality photographs of artwork) labeled with artist's name are required.
      • Original art work only; art work copied from another's art or published photos is not accepted
      • Young Artists grades 6-11 and adults may submit up to 4 examples of recent artwork.
      • Children preschool to 6th grade should submit 1 work example (such as self portrait or fanciful design).

    Give the Gift of Art

    Please consider a donation to the KIA Art School Scholarship Fund. Each year we receive more requests from financially struggling children and adults for scholarship assistance. Any amount is appreciated. To donate, please click here or call (269-349-7775 ext. 3101 for more information.

    Permanent Scholarship Funds provides 1 – 4 scholarships per year

    Art League
    Robert Bahlman
    Amy DePree
    Carol Fox
    Roger Hansen
    Avis Howard
    Tom & Marty Kakub Family Trust
    Alice Kenworthy
    Ruth Kolhoff
    Ted Lawarence
    Sue Leabu
    Victoria Littna
    Ward Nay
    Louisa Paulson
    Frank Sassaman
    Steele Savage
    Betty & Bob Spiegelman
    Vera Steinhards
    Scott Stratton
    Ben Tibbs
    George Todd
    Julie Yochim

    Permanently Endowed Scholarship Funds provide multiple scholarships per year

    Lilia Chen
    Harold Hope
    Tom & Marty Kakuk
    Helen R. King
    Harold & Irene Landes
    Van Sickler

    Current Scholarship Donations
    These gifts are awarded during the same year the donation is made. Donations, designated as scholarships, can be made in honor of, in memory of, as a birthday gift in an individual's name, etc. Please inquire by emailing Denise Lisiecki Director of the Kirk Newman Art School;