D. Colman Witte Scholarship

$500–$6,000Award Amount
30Number of Awards
3/1/2023Submission Deadline

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The Philadelphia Foundation, founded in 1918, has been continuously supporting the community by way of charity and philanthropic activities. In its continuing effort to make the community a better place to live in, the foundation has offered scholarships in large numbers to meritorious but needy students.

Understanding the aspirations for different career choices and interests in our lives the D. Colman Witte Scholarship is awarded to students pursuing studies in art, architecture, and interior design.

The scholarship fund, dating back to 1957, aims at supporting higher education in the community. The foundation offers more than 200 scholarships annually to deserving students.

Key Information of D. Colman Witte Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study

  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Interior Design

Country of Study

United States

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Intended Level of Study


Award Amount


Number of Awards


D. Colman Witte Scholarship Timeline

January 2023

Application Open Date

Applications open on January 1.

March 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on March 3.

July 2023

Awards Announcement Date

Winners are announced in July.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: High School Senior – Undergraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 2.75
  • Geographic Eligibility: United States
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Financial Information
  • Grade transcript
  • Portfolio

How to ace the D. Colman Witte Scholarship


Focus on contemporary art

The way to impress judges is to focus on issues related to current cultural issues in the community you live in. Meaningful real-life problems depicted by your art and the way you view it will make it appealing and interesting to the panel of judges.


Community involvement

The Philadelphia Foundation has a strong need to see your involvement with your community so highlighting your work to reflect your active participation in issues of concern and providing practical solutions will stand you in a good lead over the others.


Presentation of your artwork

Present your works of art in the most professional manner. The artwork images should be clear, and detailed, with an excellent choice of color, the subject matter, and the right choice of material.


Establishing your need for funds

The scholarship award is based on a mix of both merit- and need-based. Establishing your need for funds for the judges is very important. Career ambitions in art, architecture, or interior design are challenging and take longer than other professionals. Many of the artists are freelance and scholarships are more useful than loans as there is no need to pay it back.

How the D. Colman Witte Scholarship is Judged

The panel of judges selects candidates on the basis of their transcripts, the institution they are currently enrolled in, financial need established by the FAFSA, and the ten images of works. As this is a community-oriented organization institutes based in Philadelphia are given more preference.

Why We Love the D. Colman Witte Scholarship


Total Number of scholarships

The amount and the number of scholarships awarded annually by the Philadelphia Foundation to deserving but financially weaker students in our community is an act of benevolence. The meritorious students can aspire to study in reputed institutions and fulfill their career ambitions.


Easy application process

The process of application is relatively easy with the GPA requirement of 2.75 as compared to many other scholarships which require a much higher cumulative GPA to be eligible to apply.


No application fee

The student is not required to pay any application fee. The award is a combination of merit- and need-based, where both are given weightage during selection. Most of the scholarships are merit-based and the financially weaker sections of society are overlooked.

5 Facts About D. Colman Witte Scholarship


Over 200 scholarships available

More than 200 scholarships can be applied for by a single application form. If the eligibility criteria for different scholarships are fulfilled only one application by the candidate is required.


Minimal requirements

The application requires a transcript of school/college, the bills from schools to establish your need to pay fees, a copy of the FAFSA report, and ten images of the completed projects.


Philadelphia region only

Only those within the Philadelphia region can apply only for continuing their courses in art, interior design, or architecture.


Tax benefits

The Philadelphia Foundation is a community foundation offering its services for improving the lives of people through charitable and other social activities.


Endowment funds are better than investment funds

The scholarship funds of Philadelphia Foundations are endowed funds and not investment funds, giving the organizers the benefit and autonomy of using the funds forever.

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