Click on the following links for more information on the following grants and scholarships:

Scholarship Application is available to members-only. Please click here to access it.

GLADYS AGELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH


This award is given out to student members of the American Art Therapy Association in support of excellence in research.
Student award: $250.00
Application deadline: April 1st


Eligibility Criteria for Award:
1. The researcher must be a student member of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc.
2. An art therapist must be the principal investigator.
3. The study must be conducted in the area of applied art therapy research.
4. The research design must use a statistical measure.
5. The research must be student work completed within the past year. Both May and December graduates may submit papers by April 1 of the following year.

Application:
1. Application Form
2. 10 page proposal that adheres to APA standards and guidelines.
3. Proposal is submitted with de-identification completed.
4. Submit to info@arttherapy.org, subject line: AGELL AWARD.

AMERICAN ART THERAPY ASSOCIATION RESEARCH AWARD

This award is given out to professional members of the American Art Therapy Association in support of excellence in research.
Professional Member for maximum award: $2,000.00
Application Deadline: April 1


Eligibility Criteria for Award:
1. The researcher must be a member of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc.
2. Research could be in progress or completed research, but not dissertation or thesis work.
3. Follows guidelines.

Application:
1. Application Form
2. Proposal that adheres to APA standards and guidelines.
3. Proposal is submitted with de-identification completed.
4. Submit to info@arttherapy.org, subject line: AATA RESEARCH AWARD.

RAWLEY SILVER RESEARCH AWARD

The purpose of this award is to fund an art therapy research project that is conducted within an educational setting or be related to art therapy and education.
Professional Member for maximum award: $750.00-$1,000.00
Application Deadline: April 1


Eligibility Criteria for Award:
1. The researcher must be a voting member of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc.
2. Individuals may submit (or be part of a submission team) for only one proposal. Multiple submissions by any researcher (individually or as part of a research team) will not be accepted.
3. Research could be in progress, new or completed research.
4. Follows guidelines.

Application:

1. Application Form
2. 4 page proposal that adheres to APA standards that is de-identified.
3. Proposal is submitted with de-identifiecation completed.
4. Submit to info@arttherapy.org, subject line: AATA RESEARCH AWARD.

PEARLIE ROBERSON SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Pearlie Roberson was an African American artist and art therapy client. Through her art therapy work, she painted and sculpted powerful metaphors that explained how she felt about herself during certain periods of her life, her spiritual belief in Christianity, her kinship connection to her African heritage, and her feelings about the progression of her illness. As acknowledged by her art therapist, “Art-making profoundly affected Pearlie’s final months and days; it provided an avenue to her own strength that helped through dark hours of long nights. It gave her perspective and peace.”

The Pearlie Roberson Scholarship Award is specifically designed to provide financial support for an art therapy project or research project, undertaken by a Student or Professional member of the American Art Therapy Association, which targets multicultural aspects and capacities of art therapy. (Volunteer work is not applicable.) The award is based on the merit of the project proposal, not financial need. The 2015 deadline for applying for this award will be announced soon. Please visit the Members-Only section of this website under Organization Forms and Information for detailed application directions and instructions.

Recipients of the award are encouraged to present the winning project at the American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference. In addition, Pearlie Roberson Scholarship Award Projects will be under consideration for placement in the American Art Therapy Association Archives.

The Multicultural Committee extends an invitation to Students and Professional members to apply for the Pearlie Roberson Scholarship Award. 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.

Please click here to access the members-only site, where you can download the application and the call for proposal.

Please click here for a list of previous recipients of the Pearlie Roberson Scholarship Award.

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW, DIRECTIONS AND APPLICATION

The American Art Therapy Association and its generous donors provide a number of scholarships annually which are presented at the Annual Conference to encourage the growth of the profession by rewarding excellence and enabling access to information and resources for the members who are selected by the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship awards process is highly competitive.

APPLICATION DIRECTIONS The Scholarship award applicants must be current members of the American Art Therapy Association. All applications, with full attachments must be received by April 1. Students applying for awards must be attending an American Art Therapy Association approved Graduate Art Therapy Program. Student applicants must be first or second year students and if part-time the student must be registered for at least 4 classes for the fall academic term.  Awards are granted only to active student members of the Association, except for the Pearlie Roberson Award which is also open to Professional level members as well.

DEADLINE – April 1 is the deadline for applying for all scholarships. All applications including all attachments must be mailed to the address below with the postmark of April 1st noted. Incomplete application packets and those postmarked after April 1 will not be considered.

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

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD LEVELS – Scholarships are determined each year through the Association’s annual budget process. The scholarship award levels are noted below after each scholarship definition requirement.

TO BE CONSIDERED COMPLETE, ALL APPLICATION PACKETS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • A completed Application Form indicating the scholarship the applicant is applying for must be submitted. One application is sufficient for all scholarships for which a student is applying.  If a student is interested in being considered under more than one scholarship category then that should be noted on the application form. Only one scholarship is given per individual per year. The application is located in the members’ only section of the website so your password is required. Press here.
  • The official academic transcript indicating the most recent university enrollment and attendance must be included with the application. Transcripts must be sent to the Association directly from the respective University or by the applicant in an unopened, official University envelope that has been sealed by the University. Be sure to allow sufficient time for the transcript request from your University to be included with the Application. No exceptions to this policy will be permitted. Mark “Transcript” and the name of the Applicant on the outside of the sealed envelope.
  • Two (2) academic or work-related signed letters of recommendation must be received in the application package. (These letters should not be sent separately from the application package as they may not arrive by the deadline and the letter may be confused with other applications.) The letters should be on the letterhead of the institution they represent and the contact of the reference should be included.
  • The applicant’s financial information should be included in the Application Package. The Financial Form is located in the members’ only section of the website and it must be completed as indicated on the form.
  • One essay, limited to two (2) double spaced typed pages that includes a brief biography and a statement of how you view your role in the future as an art therapist. Your full name, mailing address and the program and institution that you are attending should be included at the top of the essay. 
  • Documentation indicating acceptance or enrollment in an American Art Therapy Association approved art therapy program must be included with the application. This must be in the form of an Acceptance Letter or proof of enrollment in classes for the fall semester.  A list of approved Art Therapy Masters programs may be found on the web site in the Career Center at http://www.arttherapy.org/aata-careercenter.html).

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS (PLEASE READ):

The applicant is responsible for ensuring all documents including the completed application, the transcripts, the two letters of recommendation, the financial information, the essay, and school acceptance and attendance documentation are received by the Association by the deadline.

  • Official transcripts must be requested by the applicant from the school in sufficient time to be included in the complete scholarship application packet to be received by the Association on April 1. The transcripts should be sent in an unopened official University envelope that has been sealed by the University.

If all other materials are sent via email it is important to note on the application that the transcript is being send to arrive by April 1 to the Association. The name of the application should be marked on the transcript packet.

  • Financial Form: The applicant is responsible for sending the student financial information form to the appropriate institutions to be completed and included in the scholarship application by the April 1 deadline. The student should include the financial information form with the applications packet.
  • Letters of recommendation must be requested by the applicant, signed by the letter writer, put on letterhead, include the contact information of the reference and should be sent to the applicant for inclusion in the consolidated Application Packet.
  • Financial information forms must be requested by the applicant from the educational institution and may be sent to the applicant or the Association by the school. Transcripts and the financial information forms are the only documents that may be sent separately from the Application Packet. However, if possible, the applicant should collect all documents and send as noted above as one packet.
  • Documentation indicating acceptance or enrollment in an American Art Therapy Association approved art therapy program must be included with the application. This must be in the form of an Acceptance Letter or proof of enrollment in classes for the upcoming semester. A list of approved Art Therapy Masters programs may be found on the web site in the Career Center at http://www.arttherapy.org/aata-careercenter.html). This information must be gathered by the student and included with the application packet that is sent via email or mail.

Please do not bind or staple documents or include extraneous information with your application. The Association is not responsible for collecting information that is not included in the Application Packet; the applicant is solely responsible for ensuring that all materials are received to meet the required deadline of April 1.

All documents should be included in one application packet and mailed:

Mail: the complete application package to

American Art Therapy Association
4875 Eisenhower Avenue
Suite 240
Alexandria, VA 22304

If you have questions, email the National Office at info@arttherapy.org

Following is a list of all available scholarships:

American Art Therapy Association Anniversary Scholarship Fund (One award)- Available to a student member with a current 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 $900.

Myra Levick Scholarship Fund – (One award) - Available to a student member with a current 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 $900.

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 $900.

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 this award are strongly encouraged to attend the conference. Scholarship Award $900.

The following Scholarship Awards require the recipients to be present at the Annual Conference to receive the awards:

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 per attendee $900.

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 $900.