Moore College of Art & Design attracts qualified students from diverse economic backgrounds through its extensive financial aid programs. A private education should be affordable to all deserving students.
Scholarships are merit-based awards and do not have to be repaid. Moore offers more than $600,000 in merit scholarships to first-year and transfer undergraduate students. Awards are based on the applicant's academic and artistic achievements.
The College may, at its discretion, change the name and funding source of any awarded scholarship. Scholarships are subject to revision based on receipt of any grant or scholarship not anticipated at the time of this award. In addition, you may be required to submit additional paperwork or a signed contract to secure specific scholarships. Scholarships, unless otherwise indicated, are based on full-time enrollment and will be applied to tuition and fees.
Eligible First-Year Students
Up to $20,000 awarded to a limited number of students who demonstrate exceptional artistic and academic ability upon entering the college. Automatically renewed for up to four years of full-time enrollment as long as the student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 per year.
Up to $17,000 awarded to eligible students. Automatically renewed for up to four years of full-time enrollment as long as the student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 per year.
Up to $14,000 awarded to eligible students. Automatically renewed for up to four years of full-time enrollment as long as the student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 per year.
Up to $8,000 awarded to eligible students. Automatically renewed for up to four years of full-time enrollment as long as the student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 per year.
Up to $20,000 awarded annually to eligible students. Scholarships are based on portfolio, academic achievement and TOEFL Score. Automatically renewed for up to four years of full-time enrollment as long as student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of between 2.5 and 3.0 per year, depending on amount of scholarship.
Other Competitive Scholarships
The following scholarships are available for new students:
The Visionary Woman Honors Program (VWHP) is a competitive four-year honors program for first-year students enrolling at Moore, which includes a $22,000 annual scholarship ($19,000 annually for transfer students). The program provides two goal-oriented options for student learning—Leadership Path or Academic Path—and is designed to support students in achieving their career goals, developing as leaders and gifted academics, and pursuing their professional dreams.
The VWHP challenges high-achieving student artists and designers with advanced coursework and additional opportunities to connect with working artists, volunteer with community leaders and service organizations, and receive invaluable mentorship opportunities. A Visionary Woman Honors Scholarship is our most competitive scholarship and supplants all other Moore merit scholarships. Minimum SAT or ACT scores are required for consideration.
First-year students who submit all required application materials and are admitted by December 15 are eligible for the Foundation Year Scholarship. The benefits of this award include a $1,000 one-time scholarship for your first year at Moore as well as priority financial aid and housing consideration.
Scholarships between $5,000 and $12,000 awarded to eligible transfer students. These scholarships are automatically renewed for up to four years of full-time enrollment as long as the student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to 3.0 per year, depending on the award.
Students who successfully complete Moore’s Summer Art and Design Institute between their sophomore and junior year of high school or their junior and senior year of high school and apply and are accepted as a first-year BFA student at Moore College of Art & Design are eligible to receive a $2,500 per year scholarship.
Moore College of Art & Design values diversity in all aspects of the College community, and is committed to achieving increased diversity among its student body. Moore has established the Anna Russell Jones Award and hopes to enhance diversity by encouraging traditionally underrepresented minority students and financially disadvantaged students to apply for the award.
Anna Russell Jones ‘22 was the first African American graduate of Moore and a highly esteemed textile designer and medical illustrator. She returned to Moore for post-graduate work in textiles, and in 1987 was awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctorate of Fine Arts. In 1995, the same year that she passed, Jones was among the inaugural group of Moore’s Distinguished Alumni Awardees. Her papers are held at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Moore anticipates that this award will subsidize students’ purchase of art kits, books, transportation costs and meals during the current or next academic semester. All full-time BFA students enrolled at Moore for at least one semester will be eligible for the award.
Typical awards range from $300-500 and can be used toward the current or next academic semester. Preference will be given to undergraduates with a minimum 2.0 GPA, and award recipients will receive an invitation to provide an impact statement after receiving the award.
Leadership Fellowships Include:
- Frieda Fehrenbacher Women’s Leadership Fellowship
- Tiffany & Co. Women’s Leadership Fellowship
- Sis Grenald Women's Leadership Fellowship
Traveling Fellowships include:
- Frieda M. Fehrenbacher International Travel Fellowship—one $2,500 fellowship awarded annually to an outstanding member of the junior class for international travel and study.
- Harriet Sartain Fellowship—one $1,250 fellowship awarded annually to an outstanding member of the junior class for advanced study; travel is encouraged.
- Sarah Peter Fellowship - one $1,750 fellowship awarded annually to an outstanding member of the junior class for advanced study; travel is encouraged.
- Sis Grenald International Travel Fellowship - one $2,500 fellowship awarded annually to an outstanding member of the junior class for advanced study and international travel and study.
Applicants must be enrolled in, or have formal acceptance for enrollment, as a full-time undergraduate student at Moore within the academic year for which scholarships are awarded. Applicant must meet the following academic qualifications: a cumulative grade average which places the applicant in the top 15% of the applicant’s graduating high school or secondary school class; if transferring from another a college or university, the applicant must have a cumulative post-secondary grade point average of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale); demonstrated financial need. Preference in selection shall be given to residents of the Greater Philadelphia area (Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Bucks and Delaware counties) who are Illustration or Art Education majors.