Eureka Springs School of the Arts



Scholarship applications for workshops running from March 1st through August 31st are due by February 15th.  Scholarship applications for workshops running from September 1st to February 28th are due by July 15th. You may submit an application as early as you wish, even if workshops are not yet open for registration – just let us know what type(s) of workshops you would like to take and we will notify you when workshop options are posted.

*Workshops fill quickly – we encourage early submission!!!

Individual scholarships provide full coverage of workshop tuition and may also cover material costs for some workshops. They are awarded to a student to take a specific workshop based on financial need and other pertinent criteria depending on the source of the funds and funding availability. For all scholarships, you can find a link to the application form below, on this page, or we can send you an application in the mail.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

ESSA’s scholarship program is funded by the generous donations of patrons and donors every year. Approximately 15 to 20 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, as well as a Military Veterans Scholarship.Schola

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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 individual scholarship form in a Microsoft Word  format, please click the button below:

To download the adult individual scholarship form in a fillable PDF form  format, please click the button below:

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: Raven Derge, P.O. Box 657 Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632

Scholarships may, or may not cover model or material fees.

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


ESSA is proud to offer scholarship funds to military veterans who have served their country.  Fundraisers and donors have provided funds to allow military veterans to experience art education in a unique environment of beauty and creativity, here at ESSA.

Scholarships for workshops are awarded based on various criteria, including funding availability.  Applicants will be considered based upon all application materials submitted.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Jim McCoy Veterans Fund also provides funding for numerous free workshops each year for US military veterans as well as our annual Veterans Appreciation Day event in November of each year. If you wish to donate to the Jim McCoy Veterans Fund, you may do so HERE.

To apply for a military veterans scholarship, submit the standard ESSA scholarship application listed on this page, indicating your branch and years of service.

You may e‐mail or US mail your application directly to the program coordinator at: raven@essa‐, or P.O. Box 657.  Eureka Springs, AR 72632.

Young Artist PROGRAM

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ESSA coordinates with area school districts to provide workshops for groups of elementary, intermediate and secondary school students on our campus and in their classrooms.  This scholarship fund covers costs for instructors and materials for group youth workshops in painting, blacksmithing, jewelry making, ceramics and more.

Inquire with the ESSA office regarding the availability of group youth workshops by calling 479-253-5384.