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 the application form on the right hand of this page or we can send you an application in the mail.  Incomplete applications may 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.

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 individual 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: Julie@essa-art.org

Via Snail Mail: Attention: Julie Hop, 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 may not be considered.

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: julie@essa‐art.org, or P.O. Box 657.  Eureka Springs, AR 72632.

Family Workshop Scholarships

Youth Scholarship

We also offer scholarships 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 Family Workshop scholarship form, please click here.