PAFA is deeply grateful to our many donors and friends who have committed significant resources to ensure that emerging artists can access a world-class art education at PAFA.
In academic year (2019-2020), PAFA awarded over $5,268,000 in academic and competitive scholarships providing students with the financial support they need. All students are reviewed for scholarship consideration during the application review process, and any additional requirements are noted in the descriptions.
100% of our accepted student receive merit scholarships, which are determined by dynamic quality of a prospective student's application and portfolio. PAFA's merit based scholarships range from $10,000 a year to full tuition.
The undergraduate merit scholarship average is $19,722 per year and the financial aid package average is $30,738 per year (2019-2020).
The graduate merit scholarship average is $17,290 per year and the financial aid package average is $36,375 per year (2019-2020).
Unless otherwise noted, the scholarships described below are renewable annually as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic performance.
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This scholarship is awarded to students who have received an endorsement of their application from PAFA alumni. This scholarship is intended to recognize talented students who are encouraged to study at PAFA through relationships with our alumni.
Donald R. Caldwell Scholarship
This full-tuition scholarship is for incoming full-time undergraduate students. Based on the merits of their portfolio, students will be nominated by faculty members on the Admissions Committee during the application process. A limited number of Caldwell Scholars are selected each year, based on the artworks submitted. The Caldwell Scholarship is named in honor of Donald R. Caldwell, Chair Emeritus of PAFA’s Board of Trustees and a major supporter of the School of Fine Arts.
Giovanni Martino Family Scholarship
The Giovanni Martino Family Endowed Scholarship will be given to an undergraduate realistic landscape painter and awarded annually to the same student for the full duration of their time at PAFA. This scholarship was made possible by the generosity of Nina F. Martino.
Mary Carroll Curtis Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an incoming first-year or transfer student who has declared printmaking as a major. The scholarship is made possible by the generosity of the Mary Carroll Curtis Scholarship Fund.
This scholarship is awarded to an incoming BFA candidate who is of non-traditional college age and intends to major in painting. This scholarship is made possible through the generosity of a former PAFA trustee.
Karen Davies Scholarship for Artistic Adventure
Karen Davies was a much-admired, active, and engaged PAFA alumna. This scholarship is a tribute by her children to their mother’s love of art and art-making and is awarded, based on need and merit, to an incoming student who works in mixed media and/or printmaking.
Si Friedman Scholarship
Awarded to an incoming undergraduate student based on artistic and academic merit, this scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Si Friedman Scholarship Fund.
Deborah Morrison Henderson Scholarship
The Deborah Morrison Henderson Scholarship is an award that is available to a transfer student or non-traditional aged student entering the BFA or PAFA-Penn BFA program. To apply for this scholarship, the student must submit a written statement describing their reasons for pursuing a joint studio and liberal arts degree and how they think the combined program will benefit their practice and scholarship.
Frances M. Maguire College Scholars
In honor of the many contributions of Frances M. Maguire to PAFA and of the strong and enduring friendship between Mrs. Maguire and the Academy, this scholarship is awarded based on academic merit and financial need and is made possible by the generosity of the Maguire Foundation.
James J. and Frances M. Maguire Artistic Excellence Scholarship
These full-tuition scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the Maguire Foundation and its commitment to excellence in art education. These scholarships are for incoming, full-time undergraduate students. Based on the merits of their application portfolio, students will be nominated by faculty members on the Admissions Committee during the application process. A limited number of Maguire Artistic Excellence Scholars are selected each year, based on the artworks submitted.
Next Step Summer Academy
These scholarships are available to students entering the BFA program who have completed PAFA’s Summer Academy program.
Phi Theta Kappa (Ptk) Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for transfer students.
John and Richanda Rhoden Scholarship
John Rhoden was a prolific African-American sculptor who passed away in 2001 and whose work was exhibited in major art museums during his lifetime. Although Mr. Rhoden received many of the accolades and awards that mark a distinguished career, his work never attained the level of recognition it deserved. PAFA is honored and grateful to have been designated the steward of this artist’s legacy and the recipient of a gift from the Rhoden estate of many of his sculptures as well as funds to support a scholarship in his and his wife’s name.
The John and Richanda Rhoden Scholarship will be awarded every four years, beginning in the fall of 2019, to an incoming first-year student of color, especially a student who intends to major in sculpture. The scholarship covers full tuition and fees. This scholarship offers PAFA’s School of Fine Arts the unique opportunity to honor and further Mr. Rhoden’s legacy and life-long dedication to fine art-making.
Gilroy & Lillian Roberts Scholarship
This scholarship supports an incoming undergraduate and is made possible through the generosity of the Gilroy and Lillian Roberts Foundation.
Scholastic Art Scholarship
Winners of a Scholastic National Medal in Art are eligible for this scholarship.
W.W. Smith Scholarship
Made possible through the generosity and commitment of the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust, this scholarship is awarded to select incoming freshmen or transfer students who live in one of these Pennsylvania counties—Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia—or in the City of Camden, NJ.
Artistic Excellence Scholarship
This merit scholarship of up to half tuition is awarded to incoming MFA students who demonstrate outstanding artistic and intellectual promise. The Faculty Admissions Committee awards these scholarships at the time of admission.
Gilroy Roberts Scholarship
This scholarship supports an incoming MFA student and is made possible through the generosity of the Gilroy and Lillian Roberts Foundation.
This full-tuition scholarship is awarded to one incoming, traditional MFA student each year in recognition of superior, demonstrated artistic and intellectual ability. The recipient is selected by the Faculty Admissions Committee at the time of application and portfolio review.
Faculty Recognition Scholarship
This merit scholarship of up to half tuition recognizes the applicant’s motivation, ability, and skill in undertaking Certificate studies.
Picture Yourself at PAFA
The Admissions and Financial Aid staff at PAFA help you during all stages of the application and enrollment process.