Valade Scholars

Calling visual artists applying to the Art Practice major at College for Creative Studies: compete for a $50,000 scholarship.

Visual artists offer the world more than beautiful images and objects: they explore the human condition, challenge conventional wisdom and encourage understanding. Their work invites us to reflect on who we are and where we’re going.

Because of this, the College for Creative Studies’ Valade Scholarship seeks to reward excellence in the visual arts. High School seniors applying to CCS for Fall 2023 who show exceptional promise, apply to our Art Practice major, have a 3.0 high school GPA, and who work within and between the disciplines of painting, drawing, print or digital media, sculpture, installation or performance — are eligible to apply.

One incoming freshman will receive a $50,000 award, to be distributed in $12,500 increments over the course of four years. This award will be given in addition to any Merit Scholarship CCS may also award.


How to Apply

  1. Complete the CCS Undergraduate Application and requirements for the Art Practice Major by December 1.
  2. Complete your  Valade Scholars Application, which will require a statement about your goals as a professional artist and why you should be the next Valade Scholar, by December 1. Selection will be led by Art Practice Chair and Associate Professor Valerie Jenkins.

Only freshman applicants who intend to study in our Art Practice major will be considered.
Black, Indigenous and other students of color are encouraged to apply.




Who May Enter

First-time incoming CCS freshmen applying to the Art Practice major with:

  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • A high-quality portfolio
  • A personal statement

The Valade scholar and two runner-up contestants will be announced on or before December 15, 2022. The selected Valade Scholar will have until February 17, 2023 to accept the award. Unaccepted awards will be offered to the runner-up contestants. Selected students are encouraged to meet virtually with the Department Chair, meet current Art Practice students, and visit the CCS campus prior to making their decision.