Pratt Young Scholars is a need-based, three-year scholarship program providing instruction in art and design with college preparation to motivated high school students. Through innovative and challenging studio experiences in the Institute’s youth programs, this scholarship provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue advanced studies in art and design.
Scholars participate in three years of required studio classes and electives exposing students to higher educational opportunities and careers in the creative fields. This scholarship covers three years of studio instruction, all art materials for courses taken, Summer Scholars courses in July, a year-round college access program including SAT preparation, essay writing, and one-on-one guidance throughout the college application and financial aid process. Additional scholarships may be awarded for summer studio programs.
Students entering 10th grade in the 2021-2022 school year are eligible to apply if they:
- Attend a New York City public school;
- Demonstrate an interest in art and design;
- Are academically prepared, highly motivated, and have demonstrated persistence;
- Commit to attending classes on Wednesdays after school and Saturdays for three years (no exceptions), as well as July summer programs; and
- Meet the income eligibility guidelines (The family’s household income must be within the limits defined by the NYS free/reduced lunches listed below.)
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For a complete listing of class dates, see Calendar to learn more.
Classes meet on Wednesdays, 4:30–6:30 PM, and Saturdays, 10 AM–1:30 PM
Fall 2020: October 3–December 12
Spring 2021: February 13 – May 1
Summer 2021: July 12-23, Monday–Friday, 10 AM–4 PM
For the three year program overview, visit the program curriculum page.
How to Apply
Complete the online application.
Please note that the application must be completed in one sitting, and you will not be able to make changes after you hit "submit." Before you begin the application, make sure you have the following documents saved as a doc or pdf:
- A copy of the most recent report card.
- One letter of recommendation from an art teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator.
- Personal Statement (500 words maximum) responding to the following: Tell us in your own words about your interest in art and design, and when you first realized you wanted to pursue that interest. Describe what you consider to have been your achievements over the last two years and what you hope to learn in the Pratt Young Scholars program.
- Three images of artwork saved as JPGs (sketchpad pages and/or work produced at home or at school in any medium are acceptable.) If mailing your application, print images 8.5 x 11 in color.
To apply by mail, submit all materials by mail to the address below. Applications must be received by March 2, 2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All applicants will be contacted by July 1, 2021
Eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview, at which time:
- One parent/legal guardian is present.
- Proof of household income in the form of IRS tax return(s) from all legal guardians is presented (If you are unable to provide tax returns, proof of receiving EBT, section 8 or other forms of public assistance may prove eligibility)
- Students share five to fifteen examples of original work (completed in school and/or out of school) including the three already submitted, demonstrating their interest in art and design. Please include a recent sketchpad and a piece of work that is currently in progress.
Prepare for the interview by reviewing the program curriculum on our website.
"Programs that can give my gifted students a chance to apply for college art programs on an equal footing with more advantaged applicants are urgently needed, and I truly appreciate Pratt's interest in my kids." —M. Jaffe, High School Art Teacher
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and an award from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Pratt Young Scholars is also supported by The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, The Hearst Foundations, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Sara Little Turnbull Foundation, The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of The New York Community Trust, individual donors, and Pratt Institute.