Scholarships

LAURA GREENSTONE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The American Art Therapy Association and its generous donors provide a number of scholarships annually which are presented at a special ceremony during the AATA's Annual Conference. The scholarships are intended to reward excellence within the student body and profession. The scholarship awards process is highly competitive. 

The AATA's Scholarship Working Group is now accepting applications for the Laura Greenstone Memorial Scholarship. This award honors the memory of art therapist Laura Greenstone in her request for the establishment of a scholarship to support masters-level African-American and Afro-Caribbean art therapy students. Through the establishment of this scholarship, Laura hoped to address the legacy of racial violence in the United States by furthering a diversified art therapy profession and serving very diverse communities in inclusive ways. 

This scholarship is available to an art therapy student member of the AATA who can demonstrate acceptance or enrollment in an accredited or approved art therapy program and can demonstrate support to under-served communities. 

APPLICATION DIRECTIONS:  Scholarship award applicants must be current members of the American Art Therapy Association. All applications, with full attachments must be received by July 31, 2019. Students applying for awards must be enrolled for fall 2019 classes in an American Art Therapy Association approved/accredited Graduate Art Therapy Program. Student applicants must be first or second year students (for the upcoming term of fall 2019), and if part-time, enrolled in 3 courses for the fall academic term. Enrollment in 2 courses will be considered based on the graduate school's typical plan of study and at the discretion of the Scholarship Working Group. Awards are granted only to active Student members of the Association. Attendance at the Association’s Annual Conference, where the awards will be given, is strongly encouraged. 

DEADLINE:  July 31, 2019

DATE AWARDED:  Scholarships are announced each year at the American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference Awards ceremony. Recipients will be notified by August about the decision on their application.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD AMOUNT:  Scholarships are determined each year through the Association’s annual budget process. In 2019, The Laura Greenstone Scholarship will be funded to a maximum amount of $900.00.

TO BE CONSIDERED COMPLETE, ALL APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  1.  Application Form
  2.  Official Transcript
  3.  Letters of Recommendation
  4.  Financial Form
  5.  Essay
  6.  Proof of Acceptance or Enrollment

GUIDELINES & APPLICATION:  Click here for the full Student Scholarship Guidelines and Application

FINANCIAL FORM:  Click here for the full Financial Aid Form

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PEARLIE ROBERSON ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

ABOUT THE PEARLIE ROBERSON AWARD: Pearlie Roberson was an African American artist and art therapy client. This scholarship award was created in 2000. The award honors Ms. Roberson’s request to “remember me” and supports efforts to “explore, express, connect…” to enhance the multicultural aspects of the therapeutic experience.

CRITERIA: The award provides financial support for a project, undertaken by a student or professional member of the American Art Therapy Association, which targets multicultural aspects and capacities of art therapy. The award is based on the merit of the project proposal, not financial need. It is specifically designed to advance the Association’s teaching and research mission.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2019.

NOTE: The deadline for the 2019 Pearlie Roberson Annual Scholarship Award has passed. Information about the 2020 scholarships will be announced as soon as possible. 

NEW PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

ABOUT THE NEW PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD:  The American Art TherapyAssociation and its generous donors provide an opportunity for AATA's New Professional members, who are also new attendees to conference, to attend our National Annual Conference. AATA aims to encourage the growth of the profession by helping our newest professionals access information and resources for networking and to support the work that they do.

DEADLINE:  May 1, 2019

NOTE: The deadline for the 2019 New Professional Scholarship Award has passed. Information about the 2020 scholarships will be announced as soon as possible. 

ANNUAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

NOTE:  The deadline for the following 2019 student scholarships has passed. Information for 2020 scholarships will be announced as soon as possible.

American Art Therapy Association 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fund (One Award):
  Available to a student member with a current, or most recent, GPA of at least 3.25 who can demonstrate financial need and acceptance or enrollment in an American Art Therapy Association approved graduate art therapy program. Students receiving this award are strongly encouraged to attend the conference. Scholarship Award Amount: Up to $900.00

Myra Levick Scholarship Fund (One Award):  Available to a student member with a current, or most recent, GPA of at least 3.00 who can demonstrate financial need and acceptance or enrollment in an American Art Therapy Association approved art therapy program. Students applying for this award are strongly encouraged to attend the conference. Scholarship Award: Up to $900.00

Rawley Silver Award for Excellence (One Award):  Available to a student member whose academic record or prior experience is deemed excellent (3.50+) who can demonstrate financial need and acceptance or enrollment in an American Art Therapy Association approved art therapy program. Students applying for this award are strongly encouraged to attend the conference. Scholarship Award: Up to $900.00

Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund (One Award):  Specifically designed for the purchase of books, this fund is available to members of an ethnic minority group who can demonstrate financial need and acceptance or enrollment in an American Art Therapy Association approved art therapy program. Students applying for the award are strongly encouraged to attend the conference. Scholarship Award: Up to $500.00

Student Scholarship to the American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference (Up to Three Awards):  Specifically designed to provide financial support to student members so they can attend the Annual Conference, this fund is available to student members who can demonstrate financial need, acceptance, and/or enrollment in an American Art Therapy Association approved art therapy program, and prior involvement in art as healing events. Students awarded this scholarship are required to attend the conference. Scholarship Award: Full Registration per Attendee

Prasad Family Foundation - International Student Scholarship (One Award):  Specifically designed to provide financial support for international student members enrolled in an American Art Therapy Association approved graduate program to attend the Annual Conference, students awarded this scholarship are required to attend the conference. Applications must include a copy of the cover page of their passport noting the country of origin. Scholarship Award: Up to $1,000.00

Irene Rosner David Medical Art Therapy Scholarship (One Award):  The Irene Rosner David Scholarship focuses on understanding the role of the medical art therapist and is available to a student member of the AATA who can demonstrate acceptance or enrollment in an AATA approved/accredited graduate art therapy program. In addition to the full application, applicants must submit one essay and must submit a follow-up report as described in the application packet. Scholarship Award: Up to $1,000.00