The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established in 2006. This program provides financial awards to students who have a passion for and plan on pursuing a career in the visual arts.
Up to $3,000 each for up to 10 students.
To be eligible for the CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship, applicants must:
• To be eligible for the CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship, applicants must:
• Bea full-time undergraduate degree-seeking student at an accredited college or university OR a current high school senior preparing to become a full-time undergraduate degree-seeking student at an accredited college or university
• Be pursuing a major in the visual arts (such as, but not limited to, architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, photography, sketching, video production and other decorative arts)
• Be planning to enter a career in the visual arts
• Demonstrate talent or potential in your chosen art
• Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
• Exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities
• This scholarship is intended for African-American students
• Preference will be given to African-American students residing in CBC member districts. (Find your Representative here using your permanent or school address and then see if they are a current member of the CBC). Note: All residents of New Jersey have a senator who is a member of the CBC.
May 1, 2015
The completed online application must be submitted by close of business (5 p.m. EST) on May 1, 2015. The additional required materials must be received by our office by the close of business (5.pm.m EST) on the deadline date. The following items will be requested through the online application:
1. A completed online application form
2. A personal statement essay from the student (500-1,000 words) that addresses all four (4) of the topics listed on the application in one cohesive essay
3. Two (2) letters of recommendation. One recommendation should come from a community or public service leader (i.e. church leader, community leader, volunteer organization). Recommender information (name and email address) is to be entered into the online application as requested. Please follow the instructions found in the application. Hard copy letters sent to the organization as well as letters sent to the scholarship email address will not be accepted.
4. An electronic copy of detailed Federal Student Aid Report (SAR); this report comes from the US Department of Education, not your institution. It is typically between 5 or 6 pages long. This should be uploaded to the online application as a PDF document.
5. A resume of no more than 3 pages listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service, and special skills
6. A recent photograph suitable for publication; i.e., a cap and gown picture, or other professional quality and professionally dressed photograph
7. Sample of artwork
a. Photos of five (5) original pieces of artwork for the genre for which you are applying-each sample file should be named with the title, dimension, and media of the original piece (e.g. the road – 3ft x 2ft – oil on canvas)
b. Video production applicants should submit one 2 minute sample-anything beyond will not be reviewed
*PLEASE NOTE: Our online application has two parts. The first is the general application which collects materials relevant for all of our programs. Once you have completed and submitted this portion, you will be brought to a section showing all opportunities for which you may be eligible. This second part is where you can see and answer opportunity-specific questions for each scholarship/internship/etc., such as personal statements, additional references, artwork samples, essay questions, etc.
Additional Required Materials
The above documents should be submitted through the online application. The following two documents are to be mailed to the organization and must be received before the deadline date:
1. Current high school seniors must provide proof of enrollment (such as an acceptance letter) into a college/university for 2015-2016.
2. Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended. As colleges/universities will only have one semester of grades recorded for college.
These two documents should be mailed to the following address:
CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
1720 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036