Art Scholarship for Ohio Students

We started the Zinggia Ohio Art Scholarship to help art students in Ohio further their education in the visual arts field. The Zinggia Ohio Art Scholarship is available yearly to a deserving Ohio high school student who wishes to pursue a career in illustration, graphic design, photography, or any art related program. The mission of the Zinggia Ohio Art Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students whose creativity, inventiveness, and desire for foil-wrapped burrito goodness knows no limits! Check out the Zinggia Ohio Art Scholarship submission requirements below and see the past winners.

Zinggia Ohio Art Scholarship

The 5th Annual 2017-2018 Zinggia Ohio Art Scholarship is now open for submissions.  Download the new application below. The deadline is March 3, 2018. We’re looking forward to seeing the submissions. Stay tuned for the winners to be announced by May 2018.

Check out our past Zinngia Ohio Art Scholarship Winners:

2017 Zinggia Art Scholarship Winners Sara Calhoun & Clare Faley

2016-2017 Zinggia Art Scholarship Winner Osi Okoro

2015-2016 Zinggia Art Scholarship Winner Brooke Eilers

2014-2015 Zinggia Art Scholarship Winner Elizabeth Boch

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school senior
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Major career interest: Arts (general, painting, illustration, design, photography, printmaking, sculpture, art education, etc.)
  • Resident of the State of Ohio and US citizen (or a permanent resident of the US)

Qualified institutions & level of study:

  • Award may be used for full-time study in the United States (school of choice does not need to be in Ohio)

Award may be used at:

  • Art School
  • Two-year college or technical school
  • Four-year college

Application requirements:

  • Five art samples (specs are listed below)
  • Current high school transcript with GPA
  • One signed letter of recommendation from teacher or guidance counselor (preferably Art Teacher)
  • NOTE: If your school’s policy requires them to directly mail transcripts or letters of recommendations on your behalf, please make note on your application that those items will be mailed separate from your application.

Art sample requirements:

  • Provide artwork samples: Submit images of five of your best pieces of artwork (no more or less) that have been created by you in the last four years. Samples can be provided on CD or THUMB DRIVE in JPEG, PDF, or Video format, or as photographs or printouts. You may provide multiple images of one piece (close-ups, different angles, etc). Please write your name on the CD & make sure it works before mailing. We will NOT notify you if your CD is unreadable.
  • Digital file names or printed samples must be labeled and named according to the list in Section D on page 2 of the application (Example: “Sample 1”, “Sample 2”, etc). A short description of each artwork is required.
  • Digital images should be high resolution (minimum 1200 pixels).
  • Photographs or printouts should be no larger than 8.5” x 11”.
  • Artwork submitted must be original works produced by the applicant alone.
  • All submissions are non-returnable, so do not send original pieces or anything that you don’t want returned.

Application deadline:

  • Must be postmarked ON OR BEFORE Saturday, March 3, 2018 (NO EXCEPTIONS). Please DO NOT wait until the last minute to mail your application! 

Additional information:

  • Award may be used at Art School, Two-year college or technical school, or a Four-year college
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Check application for all requirements.
  • Emailed applications or teacher recommendations will NOT be accepted.
  • Type or print legibly. Proofread and spell check because we take grammar super seriously!
  • Scholarship winner must be accepted as a full time student at a college for the 2018-2019 academic year. Scholarship money is only awarded for an Arts-based program. Award will be paid to the financial office of winner’s chosen school once proof of enrollment in arts-based program has been verified.
  • Questions can be sent via our contact form with “Scholarship” in the subject line.

Individual award amount:

  • $2,000

Number of awards granted:

  • 1

Application deadline:

  • Must be postmarked by Saturday, March 3, 2018 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

Contact us with any questions

Winner selection process:

  • Applicants will be judged on their artistic abilities, financial need, grades, teacher recommendation, and overall creativity. Scholarship winner will be notified by mail or email by April 30, 2018.
  • Zinggia reserves the right to not award scholarship if no qualified applicants apply.
  • Mail everything in an artsy-looking envelope to the address below. If sending a CD, be sure that it is in a protective case.

Alison Hess
1368 Bronwyn Ave.
Columbus, OH 43204

Q. What are my best chances of winning the scholarship?

A. Make sure to fill out the entire scholarship application form because incomplete applications won’t be considered. The art career questions aren’t optional…we really want to know why you want to be an artist. Proofreading is important and so is the neatness of the entire application. And if you don’t do the tiny doodle, well, you won’t get extra coolness points!

Q. Can I send more than 5 art samples?

A. Nope. We think 5 samples is enough to see your range and experience as an artist. You can however send more than 1 photograph per sample, like photos of multiple views or close-ups showing detail.

Q. What if can’t include all submission items at once when I mail in my application?

A. We prefer to have all items mailed together just to make sure we have everything from you in order to be considered for the scholarship. However, we know some schools may have policies in place that require them to mail transcripts or recommendation letters directly to the scholarship committee. If that’s the case, make sure you note on page 3 of the application form that your school will be mailing items directly to us. DO NOT have them email us letters or transcripts. Emailed letters of recommendation will be ignored, so your scholarship application will be incomplete.

Q. Can I just email my application to you?

A. Nope. We want to see your entire application in person. Compare it to going on a job interview… you wouldn’t show up with your shirt untucked with stains all over it, would you? Well, we’ll be looking at your application the same way by scrutinizing the neatness of your submission and creativity of your entire package including the envelope.

Q. What are the best types of art samples to submit?

A. The best types of art samples to submit are the ones that best represent and show your skills, whether they’re pencil drawings, sculptures, or paintings. Not all artists are great with gouache, Jason & I certainly aren’t! So don’t try to force yourself into a medium or style that isn’t working for you. We’d love to see a range of mediums and subject matter, but not if 4 out of the 5 samples aren’t good!

Q. Can I submit artwork that’s referenced from a photograph?

A. Yes, you can. Nearly all artists use reference material. The hope is that they can go beyond the reference material & make a piece “their own” by not completely copying a photo as-is. We definitely don’t want artists to take another artist’s already created painting, comic character, or merely trace over an existing illustration or photo. Only submit artwork that was created by you & not “stolen” from another artist’s portfolio.

Q. Why did you start this art scholarship?

A. The only way I could afford to go to collage was to get scholarships and student loans. Most scholarships available to me back then were for 4-year colleges where you had to major in something fancy (expensive) & super-brain powered (law, medicine). So even though I was a good student, I didn’t qualify for a lot of scholarships because I wanted to go to a 2-year art school (The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where Jason & I first met). So that was the driving inspiration in starting the Zinggia Art Scholarship. We hope to continue the scholarship for many years to help young artists further their education in visual arts.

Q. What if I mail my application the day after your cutoff deadline?

A. Sorry Charlie? Tant Pis? You do know what a deadline is, don’t you?

Q. How will I know if you’ve received my application?

A. You can mail your submission with tracking info so you will know when it’s delivered to us. Or you can also send us an email to ask if we’ve received it. We get a lot of submissions, so we won’t automatically respond to everyone with confirmation of receipt. Also, make sure you put enough postage on the envelope! We won’t pay any overdue postage, so your submission would get refused, returned, or possibly devoured by the US Postal Service.

Q. My guidance counselor told me that art was a silly career choice, that I was fooling myself by going to art school, and wasting time by submitting your art scholarship application. Should I listen to him/her?

A. Heck no!!!

Q. What if I have other questions about the scholarship or a career in art?

A. Feel free to contact us if you have a question that isn’t listed in the FAQ.

Q. What’s with all the Chipotle references?

A. We REALLY like Chipotle, don’t you?

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