Portfolio Merit Scholarship

Each year upwards of $50,000 in scholarship money is awarded to new incoming students through the College’s Portfolio Merit Scholarship Competition.

Enter by Friday, March 31 at 11:59 PM

Scholarship awards

Each scholarship award will be divided evenly per semester for the student’s first year of study. Awards will be granted by a panel of PCA&D faculty and admissions staff based on the artwork applicants submit.

  • $5,000: 1 first-time student award / 1 transfer award
  • $3,500: 2 first-time student awards / 2 transfer awards
  • $2,500: 4 first-time student awards / 2 transfer awards
  • $1,000: 6 first-time student awards / 4 transfer awards

who's eligible?

Interested students who enter the competition AND…

  • Apply for the Fall 2023 semester, submitting all PCA&D application materials by March 31.
  • Already applied and submitted all PCA&D application materials for the Fall 2023 semester.
  • Already been accepted or made their tuition deposit for the Fall 2023 semester as a new incoming student.

Current PCA&D students do not qualify for this competition.

How to enter

The submission deadline is 11:59 PM on Friday, March 31, 2023. Submit images of your 6 best artworks to PCA&D SlideRoom.

If you haven’t already, apply here to attend PCA&D for the Fall 2023 semester and submit all required admissions materials prior to the March 31st deadline.

If you’ve already submitted a portfolio as part of your admission application, you’ll need to submit your 6 best artworks in PCA&D SlideRoom separately.

What should i include

Specific instructions for uploading your images are located in SlideRoom. You do not need to submit a particular kind of artwork to be considered. Just choose your 6 best artworks to enter. Our panel will be looking for strong portfolios that showcase originality, creativity, and technique in the 6 works entered.

Sign up for our online Art School Toolkit: Scholarship Portfolios on Wednesday, February 8 and get specific tips to create a stand-out competition portfolio.


Submissions will be juried by a panel of PCA&D faculty and admissions staff. All portfolio merit scholarship winners will be notified by April 6, 2023.


PCA&D’s first Accepted Student Day for Fall 2023 is Saturday, March 11 and our refundable Tuition Deposit deadline is May 1. After May 1, PCA&D will continue to accept applications for the Fall 2023 semester on a rolling basis.