Financial Aid

A scholarship is considered "gift aid" and does not have to be paid back.

DCAD Merit-Based Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded based on an applicants’ academic and artistic skill at the time of acceptance to the college. The maximum DCAD Merit-Based Scholarship given is $8,000.
Merit-Based Scholarships are renewable for the second year for students who maintain full-time status and satisfactory academic standing. The deadline to be considered for a Merit-Based Scholarship is March 15 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.

DCAD Art Award Scholarship
Offered to Delaware high school seniors who intend to enroll at the Delaware College of Art and Design, this award offers one $5,000 tuition scholarship, distributed as $2,500 per semester, renewable for the second year of study at DCAD. Eligible students include Delaware residents enrolled as a high school senior or home-school equivalent. The deadline to apply for the DCAD Art Award Scholarship is April 1. Interested applicants may request a scholarship application from the DCAD Admissions Office or from their high school art teacher.

James P. Lecky Presidential and Stuart B. Young Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to accepted full-time students who demonstrate outstanding academic and artistic ability. The scholarships are automatically renewed for a second year of full-time enrollment as long as the student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or 3.0 (depending on the scholarship).

High School Art Exhibition Scholarship
Each spring, the DCAD Admissions Office hosts an annual exhibition of juried high school student art work selected by each students’ art teachers. Successful scholarship recipients receive a partial DCAD tuition scholarship.

Students are encouraged to review the DCAD Financial Aid Office’s “Scholarship Reference Listing” worksheet below, as well as contact businesses, employers and civic organizations in their local area about the availability of private scholarships.

Financial Aid Scholarship Web Resources