Scholarship Info

We currently offer 2 types of scholarships. one for brand new students, and one for existing students. See below for requirements.

The Barbara Mintz Scholarship for Enrolled Students is CLOSED

If you are a part time or full time student who needs financial assistance to enroll full time in the 2017-2018 academic year, then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. One student will be awarded the Barbara Mintz scholarship, which is $3000 for the academic year ($1000 towards each semester) towards full time tuition. The recipient will be a currently enrolled student who is a hardworking student but who may not have the funds to be enrolled in more classes or could use some help financially to do so.  Applications end April 30th.

The New Student Scholarship Contest is now CLOSED.

The Academy of Realist Art, Boston launched its fifth annual scholarship competition for promising artists with a love for academic style painting and drawing. The Academy is one of a select few art schools in the world that teaches the academic approach to figure drawing and painting. We model our curriculum and classical techniques on those used by 19th-century European academies to help students master fine art skills.

The scholarship to be awarded is for one year's free tuition for the school year, September 2018-June 2019. Equivalent value is up to $9,255 for our full-time program in Boston. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older (under 18 with parent's permission). Deadline for submission is March 15, 2018. Winners will be announced April 1st, 2018

Submissions shall be treated as being free of restrictions and limitations on their use and publication. Prizes have no cash surrender value and are not transferrable. Any expenses incurred by the winner(s) to claim the scholarship award(s) are the sole responsibility of the individual. ARA Boston reserves the right to refrain from awarding the scholarship at it's discretion.


Entries are accepted from the worldwide artist community. Applicants must be over the age of 18 years under 18 with parent's permission and not currently enrolled at the Academy of Realist Art Boston. Team entries are not accepted.

Submission Details

Deadline for submission is  March 15th 2018. The Submission fee is $30. Winner will be announced April 1st, 2018. 

International Info

We do not assist with VISAs. It is your responsibility to obtain proper documentation to come to the US.

How to Submit

Submit by paying the submission fee, sending the following information in PDF or Google Doc form as well as 5 to 8 un-retouched JPEG* images to:  arabostoncontest (at) 

Info to include as a PDF:

  1. Name
  2. Email
  3. Website (if applicable)
  4. Phone
  5. Address
  6. Age
  7. Short Bio
  8. Statement of Intention (Why are you interested in this scholarship and what is your planned length of study at ARA Boston)
  9. Previous Education/Experience
  10. List of images submitted (Title, Medium, Year Completed)
  11. Any other info you think would be relevant for us to know

Submissions of representational art are accepted in the following categories: Figure • Portrait • Still Life. Art work for figure and portrait may be either a drawing or painting. No digital artwork. All submissions must be original and not a copy of an existing work. Artwork must be drawn by hand and not traced or copied using mechanical devices.     

- JPEG images should be no less than 800 pixels in the shortest dimension.
- Images files should be named in the following format: 
artist name_title of work_yearcompleted.jpg