The Art Club has granted hundreds of thousands of dollars to local students pursuing arts education in degree-granting programs. It is unusual for a small town to enjoy a scholarship program which is able to provide substantial support to students pursuing careers in the arts. Among former Saugatuck Douglas Art Club Scholars are many people who are successfully pursuing careers as practicing artists, performing artists, designers and art educators.
From the Scholarship Chair Danielle Hanna
In order to qualify for this grant you must be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution seeking a degree in the visual arts, art history, art education, commercial design, or architecture, and you must satisfy certain residence and participation requirements. In some circumstances, a middle/high school student may apply for a mini-grant for special programs, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Please fill out and return the entire application along with a copy of your registration for classes. You may apply for consideration even if you do not yet have the registration, but your grant money will not be issued until we have proof of your enrollment. To distribute funds, we need a hard copy of this information according to the laws of the state of Michigan.
The annual amount of the grant will be paid in two installments. Providing that your paperwork is in order and you have completed your volunteer requirements (please see below), you will receive your first $500 check in September or October and your second $500 check in January or February.
While it is not necessary to fill out another application for each consecutive semester/year, to earn and retain your grant we will ask you to do two things.
Please complete your application by May 1st for consideration for the fall semester.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give me a call at (269) 857-2133, extension 122 or at home at 231-590-5942.
Student Grant Guidelines
- The recipient must be a graduate of the Saugatuck school district or the son or daughter of a full or part-time resident who is an active club member. An exception may be made for a Saugatuck High School graduate whose parents have left the district.
- Grant recipients must attend full-time in a matriculated program at a college or university or a degree-granting art school. Full-time is considered to be twelve or more credit hours per semester. Part-time students may qualify for a part-time grant. Please send proper documentation each fall and winter semesters in which you are applying.
- The recipient must be an art major in fine or applied arts, which include visual arts, art history, art education, commercial design, photography, and architecture.
- Grant money must be applied to a Bachelor or Master of Arts program. Anything else may be taken under special consideration by the art club board.
- There will be no restrictions based on age, race, or need of applicant.
Undergraduate grants of up to $300 may be awarded to middle or high school students attending visual art programs at not-for-profit schools (e.g. Blue Lake Fines Arts Camp or early college programs such as the “Rising Star” program at Savannah College of Art and Design). These will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will depend on availability of funds.