Winter 2014 Funding Opportunities

Ox-Bow offers both merit scholarships and work scholarships to assist students attending a Winter Session course. SAIC students may also qualify for SAIC merit and federal aid. 

Type of Scholarship

Application Deadline

Eligibility/ Requirements

Award Amount/ Notification Date

Merit Scholarship

Monday, October 20, 2014 at midnight CT

All students taking winter classes for credit are eligible and encouraged to apply. Apply for the scholarship here.

Merit scholarship vary in amounts. Students will be notified of their award on Monday, November 10, 2014.

Work Scholarship

Monday, November 17, 2014 beginning at 8:30 am CT in room 1425, of the Sullivan Center.

Work Scholarship is on a first come, first served basis. There are a limited number of spots and students are encouraged to signup in person at the time of registration in our office 

Work scholarships cover the cost of room and board ($1,100) while at Ox-Bow, in return for 15 hours of work per week. The award will be applied directly to your SAIC account. Student's will be notified immediately about work scholarship. 

Ox-Bow Winter Work Scholarship

Work Scholarship students have the opportunity to experience Ox-Bow in a unique, "behind-the-scenes" way. The functioning of Ox-Bow depends on the support of work scholarship students. 

Work scholarships are awarded on the first day of Winter Registration, November 17, 2014 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in room 1425, of the Sullivan Center on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a limited number of work scholarship positions available. After Nov. 17, any remaining work scholarship will be available to students applying online who have indicated their interests on the registration form. The scholarship covers the cost of room and board ($1,100) in exchange for working approximately 15 hours per week during their class session at Ox-Bow. Duties include housekeeping, building and grounds maintenance, and dishwashing. Some jobs require missing minimal class time.

Please be certain before applying that you are able to complete the requested work. It is absolutely required that students inform Ox-Bow in advance if they decide not to complete work scholarship duties. 

Ox-Bow Winter Merit Scholarship

All students interested in taking winter classes at Ox-Bow are encouraged to apply for the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship is a juried award based on work and application questions. Applications will only be accepted online and are due Monday, October 20, 2014 at midnight CT.  The scholarship provides partial funding and students will be notified of the award on Monday, November 10, 2014. If you have any questions about the application form or process, please fill free to contact our office at 1.800.318.3019.


You will be asked to provide the following materials to complete the online Submittable application: 

  1. Artist Statement and merit scholarship questions (these questions are within the online form)
  2. Two references. We do not require letters of recommendations.
  3. Documentation of your work.  You will need to submit 10-15 images of your work. Each image should be labeled as follows: Lastname_1, Lastname_2 (no pdfs of art work, however jpeg, tiff, gif, mov, mp3, mp4, doc, and docx files accepted. Try to save movie files as small as possible) 
  4. Image List: Include the title of each work, media, dimensions and any other necessary information.
  5. Resume/CV

SAIC Financial Aid

Undergraduate and graduate students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago may be able to use their financial aid award from SAIC toward a winter course at Ox-Bow. Please contact the SAIC Financial Aid Office for deadlines. Financial aid typically does not cover room & board and/or lab fees at Ox-Bow. Learn more about applying at the School's Office of Financial Aid, by calling 312.629.6600, or by emailing

Summer 2015 Scholarships

Summer scholarship information and applications will be available January 3, 2015.