Scholarships and Financial Aid for Photography Programs
The cost of an online bachelor’s in photography can feel prohibitive initially, but with careful planning, it need not be. Many methods of paying for your degree exist if you work to find and apply for them.
Notably, scholarships and grants do not require repayment. We spotlight five of the best photography scholarships in this section, but check with colleges and universities, state and federal governments, local businesses, private foundations, and professional associations for more opportunities.
Bodie McDowell Scholarship
Offered by the Outdoor Writers Association of America, this award of up to $5,000 assists undergraduate students enrolled in accredited photography, print, film, art, or broadcasting degrees focused on outdoor communications. Applicants must submit examples of their work, letters of recommendation, a completed application, and evidence of minimum GPA requirements. Applications are due March 1.
Janie Moore Green Scholarship
The North American Nature Photography Association offers up to $1,000 to undergraduate degree seekers currently enrolled in or accepted to an accredited photography program. Applicants must provide a completed application form, evidence of financial need, and relevant examples of recent photography.
National Press Photographers Foundation Scholarship
NPPF offers multiple scholarships of approximately $2,000 each to students working towards a baccalaureate photography degree. Candidates must supply a portfolio of work, a completed application, letters of recommendation, evidence of need, official transcripts, and answers to essay questions by December 3.
James Alan Cox Student Photojournalists Scholarships
Each year, the James Alan Cox Foundation supplies five $2,500 scholarships to learners attending college or technical school in the pursuit of a photography degree. Candidates must supply an application, a brief essay, a teacher mentor form, two letters of reference, official school transcripts, financial data, and a portfolio. Applications are due in November.
The Lucie Foundation offers several photography scholarships each year, including the $2,500 emerging artist open genre award. This scholarship benefits students creating a specific and dynamic photographic project. Applicants must provide a project proposal, a 250-word description of the project, a list of five goals, a one-page biography, and examples of 20 recent pieces of work.