Applicants are notified approximately 3 weeks after the application deadline.

Individual scholarships provide full coverage of workshop tuition. They are awarded to a student to take a specific workshop based on financial need and/or various criteria depending on the source of the funds. For all scholarships, you can find the application form on the right hand of this page or we can send you an application in the mail.

ESSA’s scholarship program is funded by the generous donations of patrons just like you every year. Approximately 10 scholarships per year are awarded in various media, also awarded are three special scholarships each year in memory of Patt Carmichael, Jack Miller and Carol White.

Scholarships Phots
Patt Carmichael, Jack Miller and Carol White
    • The Patt Carmichael Scholarship awarded in Painting.
    • The Jack Miller Scholarship awarded to a student in Printmaking.
    • The Carol White Scholarship awarded to an artist in their chosen medium.

To download the adult scholarship form, please click here.

Applicants must submit: Complete application form, a letter of intent (1 page maximum) including an explanation of financial need, and one letter of reference.  Examples of financial need may include: fixed income, student status, or limited budget for workshop expenses.  Applicants may also, if they wish, submit three good quality (jpeg) images of their work in support of their scholarship application.

Via Email:

Via Snail Mail: Attention: Julie Hop, P.O. Box 657 Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632

Scholarships do not cover model or material fees.

Scholarship applications can be downloaded on this page or we can mail them out if requested.

Young Artist Scholarships

Youth Scholarship

We also offer scholarship for our Family Day and Family Weekend classes.  The award covers the cost of tuition for a 1 or 2 day Family workshop.  Recipients may be responsible for paying material fees.

To download the young artist scholarship form, please click here.


Work Study Scholarships


Work study Scholarships
Penny Sullivan in Wayne Summerhill’s Fall Beginning Sculpture Class thanks to ESSA’s work study program.

Work study scholarships are awarded to qualified individuals who may need help in meeting the expense of an ESSA workshop. Upon completion of 30 hours of work, one 5-day workshop is provided to the student-employee. ESSA considers individuals who are mature, team oriented, and self-motivated. Enthusiasm and commitment are required for these positions. Work study assignments vary from season to season. All work-study assignments will be based on an individual’s strengths.

Options for work study assignments include, but are not limited to:

Program Distribution
Clerical or Librarian Duties
Grounds Keeping
Other tasks that may arise

Work study scholarships do not cover model or material fees.  Students 16 and older are encouraged to apply for these opportunities as well as adults.

To download the work study scholarship form, please click here.

Applicants must submit: Complete work study application form, explanation of qualifications and intent, and the goals that you hope to achieve in the workshop for which you are applying. (2 page maximum)

Via Email:

Via Snail Mail: Attention: Julie Hop, P.O. Box 657 Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632

After the application deadline, which is March 1, 2018, a review committee meets to select which applicants are eligible to be interviewed for the available work study positions for the year.  After all interviews have been conducted, a placement will be made and you will be notified in writing.