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Outside Scholarship Opportunities

The Office of Student Financial Assistance receives many notices about scholarships offered from private sources outside of the college. We may post these available outside scholarship opportunities on Handshake, or contact eligible students directly via their MassArt email with application information. 

Scholarship Searches

In addition to reviewing the available outside scholarship opportunities posted to Handshake, students are strongly encouraged to conduct their own scholarship searches to find scholarships related to their specific interests and needs. The following is a list of scholarship search engines and resources:

  • Art Deadlines List: Art contests and competitions, art jobs and internships, art scholarships and grants and fellowships, art festivals, call for entries/proposals/projects, and other opportunities, in all disciplines, for art students, art teachers, and artists of all ages, all skill levels, in all disciplines, anywhere.
  • Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation seeks to build community and enrich the lives of all residents of Berkshire County, MA; Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, NY; and northwest Litchfield County, CT. They have a variety of scholarships which support any level of education and can benefit students attending a particular school, studying a particular field or living in a certain geographic area.
  • A free scholarship search engine used by over 4 million students nationwide, with a database containing over a billion dollars in total scholarships.
  • CollegeBoard: Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.
  • CollegeNET: A scholarship database of over 600,000 awards. The Profile Search feature looks for scholarships that match your personal profile.
  • College Planning Center: Located in the Boston Public Library in Copley Square in downtown Boston, the ASA College Planning Center has compiled an excellent database of local, regional, and national scholarships.
  • Search more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
  • National Scholarship Directory by FastWeb: Fastweb is the go-to source for students looking to find and apply for scholarships, grants and financial aid opportunities. The state-of-the-art scholarship database helps you save time by filtering through thousands of scholarships. Each scholarship and every grant is individually vetted by our research team before it reaches the national scholarship database. Our huge directory organizes millions of scholarships and grants into simple categories. Whether you're a high school student or parent looking for ways to fund your/your child's college education, or you're a current college student wanting to pay your way without racking up student debt, Fastweb's scholarship directory is THE place to start.
  • Rhode Island Foundation Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities: The Foundation currently manages more than 150 scholarship and fellowship funds; opportunities are listed on their website.
  • Scholarship America: The nation's largest non-profit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organization.
  • Scholarships for Veterans: has compiled a list of scholarships for veterans as well as active duty military servicemembers, for every branch of the military, and for families and spouses.
  • Unafraid Educators Scholarship List: Scholarship resources for undocumented students compiled by the Boston Teachers Union Unafraid Educators group.
  • Unigo (formerly Unigo provides a time-saving, customized list of free scholarships that match your hobbies, interests and academic background. Get unlimited access to a scholarship database of 3.6 million scholarships worth over $14 billion.

How Outside ASSISTANCE May Affect Your Financial Aid

It is the student's responsibility to notify the Office of Student Financial Assistance of all financial aid received from other sources in writing. Types of assistance that must be reported include private scholarships, tuition waivers, veteran's education benefits, Massachusetts Rehabilitation assistance, etc. Please email a copy of your award notification to so we may make a note of it in your student record.

In some cases financial aid may have to be adjusted because of outside scholarships or assistance. If this is the case, MassArt will do everything possible within the realm of federal regulations to protect a student's grant aid; however, outside assistance may reduce the student's eligibility to borrow federal funds or receive work-study. Please note that it is the student's responsibility to make certain that MassArt receives these outside funds.