Patricia W. Edwards Memorial Art Scholarship

$500Award Amount
1Number of Awards
5/23/2023Submission Deadline

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The Patricia W. Edwards Memorial Art Scholarship was started in memory of Patricia W. Edwards to support young Rhode Island students who are studying art. The scholarship is directed toward high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who wish to develop their art skills through arts programs at a Rhode Island institution. The scholarship grants up to $500 to one deserving student who exhibits dedication to their art practice.

Applicants are expected to complete an online application form where they fill in all required information and answer a series of short questions. Applicants must provide the name of the non-profit institution within Rhode Island they intend to do the art course. Applicants must complete an essay of up to 400 words that outlines why they want to take the art course given and how it will benefit them in the future.

Applicants must also include a letter of recommendation from their art teacher who will be contacted and interviewed as part of your application process. Applicants must submit two-dimensional works of art (one that is not a school assignment) and a narrative list of all works with their title, description of work, and the medium used. The winner of the scholarship will be notified directly and expected to take part in the art course suggested in their application.

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Patricia W. Edwards Memorial Art Scholarship Timeline

January 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on January 1.

May 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on May 23.

Scholarship Eligibility

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

  • Eligible Grade: High School Freshman – High School Junior
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Rhode Island
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

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

  • Portfolio
  • Essay
  • Recommendation letters

How to ace the Patricia W. Edwards Memorial Art Scholarship


Research the art courses in Rhode Island

The application is dependent on the information you provide to the judging panel. Ensure you have thoroughly researched all the possible art courses on offer across Rhode Island. You must identify the art course that will benefit you the most.


Answer the essay questions thoroughly and precisely

Your essay is in response to how the art course will benefit you and why you deserve to receive the scholarship. Answer the questions carefully and provide as much evidence as possible on why you deserve the scholarship.


Submit a comprehensive narrative document

The narrative document you submit provides the titles, mediums used, and descriptions of the works you are submitting. Curate your narrative and work submitted to your five best works and provide crucial detail about the works in your descriptions.


Use high-quality images for your artworks

Represent your work as best you can. Take photographs of your work at the highest resolution possible to make it easy for the judges to see the work. This is an important part of your submission as you will mainly be judged on the quality of your work in relation to the desired art course you wish to take part in.

How the Patricia W. Edwards Memorial Art Scholarship is Judged

An application is judged on the quality of an applicant's work in relation to the desired art course they wish to take part in, and recommendation letters.

Why We Love the Patricia W. Edwards Memorial Art Scholarship


It supports young artists

As the scholarship is directed toward high school students, it promotes and enhances the artistic practices of young individuals. This encourages the development of strong practices among students across Rhode Island.


The scholarship supports those with financial need

Despite the fact there is no need to produce evidence of financial need, the scholarship aims to support students who require financial assistance.


The scholarship supports nonprofits across Rhode Island

Art classes, students intend to participate in, must be a part of a nonprofit organization. This call is to support nonprofits and help contribute to the Rhode Island community.

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The foundation supports nonprofits through grants, public advertising, and the acknowledgment of outstanding work by nonprofits through the Best Practice Awards.


2021 saw $76 million by the foundation

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