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Our scholarship programs for accepted entering freshmen and current students.

Scholarships are awarded each year to applicants who demonstrate financial need, academic and artistic excellence, motivation, determination and passion for the arts.

Incoming students are encouraged to apply for any and all scholarships for which they are eligible. However, no incoming student shall be awarded more than one of these NCAD scholarships. Any student having the top entry for more than one scholarship shall be awarded the largest scholarship of those entries.

All NCAD scholarships are awarded as a tuition waiver

—no cash is awarded to the student. All applications must follow the general guidelines and scholarship requirements as listed in the current scholarship packet. Applicants who do not submit all required application materials or who do not meet minimum scholarship criteria will be disqualified.

A scholarship packet will be mailed upon a student’s acceptance or can be downloaded through the link located below in the footer section at the bottom of this page/site.

Northwest College of Art & Design Scholarships

  • $3,600 Early Acceptance Merit Scholarship
  • $7,200 Henry H. Freeman Scholarships
  • $2,700 Entering Transfer Student Merit Scholarship
  • $1,000 Entering Freshman Merit Scholarships
  • $1,000 Kitsap and Pierce County High-school Senior Merit Scholarships
  • Robert B. McMillen Foundation Scholarship
  • $1000 Relocation Tuition Waiver (Out of State Residents)
  • $1,000 Entering Freshman Need-based Scholarships
  • $500 Sydnee Cummings Memorial Scholarships For Current NCAD Students After First Semester
  • Careers That Work!
  • The Dollars For Scholars®

$3,600 Early Acceptance Merit Scholarship

Four Early Acceptance Merit scholarships may be awarded to full time, non-transfer students, accepted and entering NCAD for the first time. A tuition waiver is distributed over 9 semesters. Applicants must meet the Early Acceptance Merit Scholarship requirements listed in the current NCAD scholarship packet.

DEADLINE: Postmarked July 1st, for following September.

$7,200 Henry H. Freeman Scholarships

Fifty scholarships (one per state) may be awarded to full-time, non-transfer students, accepted and entering NCAD for the first time. A tuition waiver is distributed over 9 semesters. Applicants must meet the Henry H. Freeman requirements listed in the current NCAD scholarship packet.

DEADLINE: Postmarked March 1st, for September enrollment.

$2,700 Entering Transfer Student Merit Scholarship

Northwest College of Art & Design offers TWO scholarships each year to at least half- time transfer students entering NCAD for the first time. A tuition waiver is distributed over 9 semesters. Applicants must meet the Merit Scholarship requirements listed in the current NCAD scholarship packet.

DEADLINE: Postmarked March 1st, for September enrollment.

$1,000 Entering Freshman Merit Scholarships

Two Entering Freshman Merit scholarships may be awarded to full time, non-transfer students, accepted and entering NCAD for the first time. A tuition waiver is distributed over 2 semesters. Applicants must meet the Merit Scholarship requirements listed in the current NCAD scholarship packet.

DEADLINE: Postmarked March 1st, for September enrollment.

$1,000 Kitsap and Pierce County High School Senior Merit Scholarships

One scholarship may be awarded to a graduating senior from each high school. Applicants must be a full time, non-transfer student, accepted and entering NCAD for the first time. A tuition waiver is distributed over 2 semesters. Applicants must meet the Merit Scholarship requirements listed in the current NCAD scholarship packet.

DEADLINE: Postmarked March 1st, for September enrollment.

$1000 Relocation Tuition Waiver (Out of State Residents)

Five tuition waivers may be awarded to out of state, full time, non-transfer students, accepted and entering NCAD for the first time. The tuition waiver is distributed over 2 semesters. Applicants must meet the Relocation Tuition Waiver requirements listed in the current NCAD scholarship packet.

DEADLINE: Postmarked March 1st, for September enrollment.

$1,000 Entering Freshman Need-based Scholarships

Two Entering Freshmen Need-Based scholarships may be awarded to full time, non-transfer students, accepted and entering NCAD for the first time. A tuition waiver is distributed over 2 semesters. Applicants must meet the Need-Based Scholarship requirements listed in the current NCA Scholarship packet.

DEADLINE: Postmarked March 1st, for September enrollment.

$500 Sydnee Cummings Memorial Scholarships For Current NCAD Students After First Semester

Sydnee Cummings was a talented and enthusiastic student from Milton, WA who was killed tragically in a car accident on her way home from work March 14, 2011. Though her time at NCAD was short, Sydnee showed the promise to become a professional graphic designer and photographer. She was an active, fun, and likeable person who loved her parents and really enjoyed school and her classmates. To honor Sydnee, the NCAD Continuing scholarship offered each semester to eligible upperclassmen has been renamed to memorialize Sydnee’s life.

Sydnee Cummings Memorial scholarships are open to full time students currently enrolled at NCAD. Two scholarships per academic level may be awarded each semester. Applicants must meet all scholarship requirements listed on the current scholarship application.

DEADLINES: in November, March, and June each year.

Careers That Work!

Northwest College of Art & Design is a participating college of the Careers That Work! program. Each year, every high school in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington (public and private) are given five $1,000 tuition scholarships to award to graduating students headed to one of the participating career colleges. Seniors awarded the Careers That Work! by their high school are not restricted to colleges within their home state.  That means seniors  graduating  in Idaho, Oregon or Washington may be awarded the scholarship for attendance at any participating private career college in any of those three states. Scholarship recipients are identified and awarded by the high school.

The Dollars For Scholars®

Northwest College of Art & Design is a Collegiate Partner of Scholarship America® and the Dollars for Scholars® family of community scholarship foundations. Northwest College of Art & Design has agreed that Dollars for Scholars awards of up to $2500 per student will not adversely affect scholarship funding by Northwest College of Art & Design.

Robert B. McMillen Foundation Scholarship

This annual scholarship competition is a talent based competition. Their aim is to find young artists who exhibit the most artistic potential and talent and those that have the greatest potential for making change in the world through their profession and community contributions. Visit http://mcmillenfoundation.org/guidelines.html for guidelines and eligibility information.

  • Awards up to $25,000 per year (after all other scholarships/grants)
  • Renewable
  • Approved Washington Art Colleges Only
  • Visual Arts Majors
  • First year, transfer, graduates and returning students eligible