Palette & Purpose Scholarship

$1,500
3 winners, $500 each
Open
Application Deadline
Apr 13, 2024
Winners Announced
May 13, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Residency:
US citizen
Race:
BIPOC
GPA:
2.4 or higher
Field of Interest:
Visual, studio, or performing arts
Background:
First-generation college student
Experience:
Non-profit or volunteering experience
Education Level:
High school senior (2023-2024 school year)
Residency:
Race:
GPA:
Field of Interest:
Background:
Experience:
Education Level:
US citizen
BIPOC
2.4 or higher
Visual, studio, or performing arts
First-generation college student
Non-profit or volunteering experience
High school senior (2023-2024 school year)

Do you see the world through a kaleidoscope of colors, rhythms, or emotions just waiting to be expressed? Are you a first-generation BIPOC high school senior with a burning passion for visual, studio, or performing arts? Imagine a world where every vibrant color, every bold stroke, every whispered melody finds its voice. Ignite Arts & STEM believes that's the world BIPOC artists deserve. But the reality is, for many, that canvas remains blank, their artistic dreams overshadowed by systemic barriers. Ignite Arts and STEM wants to help transform your artistic vision into reality with the Palette & Purpose Scholarship.

The Problem:

While the arts enrich our lives, inspire social change, and fuel economic growth, BIPOC communities face significant barriers to artistic careers. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, only 17% of working artists identify as BIPOC, despite representing nearly 40% of the US population. This underrepresentation stems from a complex web of factors, including limited access to arts education, financial constraints, andsystemic bias.

The facts:

  • Only 16% of working artists in the US identify as BIPOC. (National Endowment for the Arts)
  • First-generation students face a 15% lower graduation rate than their peers. (National Center for Education Statistics)
  • 85.4% of works across 18 museums in the US were created by white artists, with only 1.2% coming from Black artists and just 2.8% from Hispanic/Latino artists.
  • BIPOC individuals represent over 38% of the US population, yet make up only 21% of professional artists. (National Endowment for the Arts)
  • First-generation BIPOC students are 58% less likely to pursue an arts degree than their white counterparts. (Department of Education)
  • Limited access to arts education and mentorships further widens the gap for BIPOC artists. (Institute of Cultural and Artistic Development)
  • Financial barriers and lack of access to mentors and resources can dim the brightest artistic flames.

In order to broaden the perspectives reflected in art, it’s critical to uplift artistic BIPOC students. That's where Palette & Purpose comes in. This scholarship is not just granting financial aid, the goal is to dismantle these barriers and ignite the vibrant futures of BIPOC artists. This scholarship is more than just ink on paper – it's a key that unlocks doors to opportunity, and community.

This isn't just a scholarship, it's a masterpiece in the making. We believe your brushstrokes deserve a chance to paint a brighter future for yourself and the arts. Come, let's fill the world with your colors.

To apply, tell us your story. In your essay, please address all the following:

  • Unleash your muse: Tell us what ignites your creative fire. What compels you to express yourself through the arts?
  • Impactful brushstrokes: How do you envision your artistic career shaping the world? Dream big and paint your vision for a brighter future.
  • Literary whispers: How have books you've read influenced your artistic goals? Let their words guide your artistic compass.
  • Your deeper vision: We want to understand your **educational roadmap**. Explain in detail how this scholarship program will become the bridge connecting your artistic ambitions to reality. How will this scholarship fuel your journey towards making a meaningful impact?

Optional:

Creative crescendo: Go beyond words! Showcase your passion through an original piece – a melody that stirs the soul, a poem that paints vivid landscapes, a painting, drawing or photograph that captures the essence of humanity. Let your art speak volumes!

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Bold.org Profile
Published January 12, 2024
$1,500
3 winners, $500 each
Open
Application Deadline
Apr 13, 2024
Winners Announced
May 13, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners