Scholarships

AATA 2021 Scholarship Updates: COVID-19 

It has come to the AATA's attention that some students had difficulty accessing required documents (financial need, transcripts, verification of enrollment) for 2020 scholarship applications due to the shut down of schools/campus offices related to COVID 19.  

In response to this, the following adjustments from 2020 will remain for year's scholarship applications:

Financial Need: We understand that students may have difficulty accessing forms stored by their educational institutions due to closures.  For this year only, we have eliminated the requirement of the completed Financial Aid form.

Letters of Recommendation (LOR): We understand that applicants may have difficulty attaining LORs on letterhead from faculty  and other related professionals who are now working from home and may not have access to letterhead.  This requirement will be completed in alignment with the AATA Code of Ethics, Responsibility to the Profession, Section 10, in that the application is a truthful representation of self and identity if recommendations cannot be submitted on official letterhead.

Proof of Acceptance/Enrollment:  We will still require an official transcript, which can be sent as a paper copy if available or sent through electronic delivery. 

The scholarship application deadline will remain as May 1 to ensure adequate time for the Scholarship Work Group to review all materials received.

ANNUAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

NOTE:  Applicants must be members of AATA at the time of application, as well as at the time of receipt of the scholarship should they be awarded.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2021

GUIDELINES & APPLICATION: 2021 Application season has closed, please check back in 2022. 

FINANCIAL FORM: 

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 a graduate art therapy program. Students receiving this award are strongly encouraged to attend the conference. Scholarship Award Amount: Up to $1,000.00.

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 a graduate art therapy program. Students applying for this award are strongly encouraged to attend the conference. Scholarship Award: Up to $1,000.00

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 a graduate art therapy program. Students applying for this award are strongly encouraged to attend the conference. Scholarship Award: Up to $1000.00

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 art therapy program; undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral.  The student application will be completed in alignment with the AATA Code of Ethics, Responsibility to the Profession, Section 10, in that the application is a truthful representation of self and identity. 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 art therapy program, and prior involvement in art as healing events. Students awarded this scholarship are required to attend the conference.  Students must identify their status as undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral candidate. Scholarship Award: Full Registration per Attendee, plus $100 stipend to assist with conference related expenses.

Prasad Family Foundation - International Student Scholarship (One Award):  Specifically designed to provide financial support for international student members enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral 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. Students may be temporarily residing in the United States under a student visa, but must be able to identify a country of residency outside of the United States.

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 a graduate or doctoral 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

DR. ELLEN G. HOROVITZ SPIRITUAL ART THERAPY SCHOLARSHIP

About: This research scholarship awarded for the specialization of Spiritual Art Therapy (within the mind/body practice) is to be awarded to a promising practitioner or student. This area of work has expanded since the 1994 publication and has been broadly published and integrated into healthcare settings. The award is meant to acknowledge the recipient's interest in Spiritual Art Therapy and mind/body practice as it informs psychological processes surrounding one's belief systems (e.g. the BATA- Belief Art Therapy Assessment) and its impact on diagnosis and well-being. Award Amount: Up to $1,000.00

Criteria:
The Dr. Ellen G. Horovitz Spiritual Art Therapy Scholarship is available to a student or practitioner who demonstrates financial need and has a particular interest in the application of Spiritual Art Therapy and mind/body practices. This award is intended to underwrite projects and/or research envisioned to develop this specialization. Scholarship award applicants must be current members of the American Art Therapy Association. Attendance at the Association’s Annual Conference, where the awards will be given, is strongly encouraged. 

DEADLINE:
  Passed. 

GUIDELINES & APPLICATION:
  2021 Application season has closed, please check back in 2022. 

LAURA GREENSTONE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

About: 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. Award Amount: Up to $1,000.00

Criteria: This scholarship is available to an art therapy student member of the AATA who can demonstrate acceptance or enrollment in a graduate art therapy program, identifies as being African-American and/or Afro-Caribbean, and can demonstrate support to under-served communities. Scholarship award applicants must be current members of the American Art Therapy Association. Attendance at the Association’s Annual Conference, where the awards will be given, is strongly encouraged.

DEADLINE:
  May 1, 2021

GUIDELINES & APPLICATION:
2021 Application season has closed, please check back in 2022. 

PEARLIE ROBERSON ANNUAL 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 research mission addressing cross-cultural/multicultural approaches to art therapy assessment and practice.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2021.

GUIDELINES & APPLICATION: 2021 Application

NEW PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

ABOUT THE NEW PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD:  The American Art Therapy Association 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.
For 2020, the AATA is excited to announce that student and new professional recipients of these conference registration scholarships will also receive a $100 stipend to assist with conference related expenses.

DEADLINE:  May 1, 2021.

GUIDELINES & APPLICATION: 2021 Application season has closed, please check back in 2022.