Available Summer Funding Opportunities

Ox-Bow offers a variety of scholarships for students taking credit or non-credit classes to ensure that the Ox-Bow experience is open to everyone. Applying is easy, just fill out the application and we will figure out what you qualify for!

(Unless you are applying for the pre-college scholarship, or the Robert and Genevieve Johnson Scholarship for Chicago Public School Teachers, there are separate scholarship applications for those scholarships. Scroll down for more information). 

Work Scholarships

Deadline: At Registration

Work-Scholarship students have the opportunity to experience Ox-Bow in a unique, “behind-the-scenes” way. These students work closely with the resident staff and are asked to respect their role as a part of the staff in fulfilling assigned duties.

Work scholarships receive a monetary award in exchange for working approximately 15 hours per week during their class session at Ox-Bow. Award amount is dependent on credit type. See tuition and fees chart for more information. Duties include housekeeping, building and grounds maintenance, and dishwashing. Work-Scholarships are available to any student taking an Ox-Bow course, for credit or non-credit courses. There is no deadline; apply at time of class registration. Work Scholarships are not available to students enrolled in glass courses or the Pre-College Program.

Work scholarships are awarded by Ox-Bow on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are a limited number of scholarship positions available per week. Work scholarship students receive an award 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. Award amounts are listed under Tuition and Fees.

The functioning of Ox-Bow depends on the support of work scholarship students.. 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. Students may cancel their Work Scholarship awards up to the Monday three weeks before the start of their class. If you cancel three weeks before or during your work study week, you forfeit the scholarship completely.

Interested students should apply at the time of registration for classes indicating interest on the Registration Form.

Six Credit Special

No application required, you will automatically receive the six credit special when you enroll in six School of the Art Institute Credits at Ox-Bow in the same summer. Only one six credit special discount will apply per year per student, not applicable to courses taken for non-credit.

Take six credits at Ox-Bow this summer and you:

  • will get 2 weeks of room and board free (a $1100 value!)
  • are eligible for federal loans
  • can complete your 6 credits of SAIC off-campus study requirements in one amazing summer!

The following scholarships must be applied for separately. 

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 credit tuition for courses at Ox-Bow. Please contact the SAIC Financial Aid Office for deadlines. Financial aid typically does not cover room & board 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 FinAid@saic.edu.

ROBERT AND GENEVIEVE JOHNSON CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS ART TEACHER SCHOLARSHIP 

For full-time visual art teachers in the Chicago Public School system. One-week, non-credit only. 

Deadline: has passed, thank you everyone who applied. The 2015 application will be available January 2015. 

Full-time art teachers who teach in the Chicago Public Schools system are eligible to apply for the Robert and Genevieve Johnson Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded based upon letters of intent and resumes, with preference given to teaching seniority. The scholarship covers non-credit tuition and room and board for a one-week course at Ox-Bow. If you choose to register for credit, (offered through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), or choose to register for a two-week course, you are responsible for paying the difference after the scholarship award.

Scholarship covers non-credit tuition and room and board for a one week course at Ox-Bow. If you choose to register for credit (offered through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) or choose to register for a two week course, you are responsible for paying the difference after the scholarship award. 

On-line Robert and Genevieve Johnson Scholarship application may be found HERE January 2015. 

While the on-line application is preferred, you may instead fill out this form and email the required materials to oxbow@saic.edu or mail them directly to Ox-Bow, Attn: RGJ Scholarship Committee, 36 S Wabash Ave, 12th Fl, Chicago, IL  60603. .

Pre-College Scholarships Now Available

Deadline: Rolling

Partial merit based scholarships are now available to high school Juniors and Seniors who wish to attend Ox-Bow's pre-college class, Landscape Drawing with E.W. Ross and Olivia Petriedes. Applicants will be required to submit an essay on their art practice and why they want to come to Ox-Bow this summer, a letter of recommendation from a teacher (which can be emailed directly to oxbow@saic.edu), documentation of their work, and an image list/work inventory which lists each image/file, title of the work, media, dimensions and any other necessary information. 

On-line Pre-College Scholarship application may be found here.

Merit Scholarships

Ox-Bow awards scholarships to all types of students taking courses at Ox-Bow, from degree-seeking students, to those seeking life-long learning opportunities, all Ox-Bow students are encouraged to apply. 

The deadline for Summer 2014 Merit Scholarships is February 23, 2014 at 11 pm Central Standard Time. 

The deadline for Summer 2014 has passed. The application for Summer 2015 will be available January 2015.

Required application materials for the following scholarships—Please have all of the following information ready when you begin the application form, only online applications will be considered. Use the link to apply, do not email information directly to Ox-Bow.

Deadline: February 23, 2014. 5 pm Eastern Standard Time. The deadline for Summer 2014 has passed. The application for 2015 will be available January 2015.

Completed on-line application form. Unofficial transcript (not required if applying for non-degreed seeking student scholarships, or for SAIC students).
1-2 page essay addressing the following:
-Briefly describe your practice.
-Why do you want to be at Ox-Bow this summer?
-If from West Michigan, describe your involvement in supporting the arts in your community.
At least one or more of the following based on what best represents your work:
- 10-15 images (no powerpoints, or PDFs).
- 5-10 minutes of video work(s) or video documentation of work. You may include web links to audio or video work: however, please keep the time limits in mind.
- 5-10 minutes of audio work(s).
- Up to 30 pages of writing(s).
Letter of recommendation (can also be emailed directly to ox-bow@saic.edu). This is recommended but not required. Image list or work inventory. Please list each image/file, title of the work, media, dimensions and any other necessary information. List video/audio links here.
List of top three choices of Ox-Bow courses. Resume or C.V

Ox-Bow is pleased to consider you for the following merit scholarships when you fill out the Merit Scholarship Application. (Please note: There is a separate application form for the Robert and Genevieve Johnson Chicago Public Schools Art Teacher Scholarship. Scroll down for more information on applying to that scholarship).

THE LISA WAINWRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP
For SAIC students, graduate or undergraduate, credit or non-credit courses. Scholarship recipients may use award for any course at Ox-Bow.

DANIEL CLARKE JOHNSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
For undergraduate and graduate students from ANY school. Credit or non-credit courses.

GEORGE LIEBERT SCHOLARSHIP
For undergraduate and graduate students from ANY school. Credit or non-credit courses.

MARY LOUISE BARNA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
For degree-seeking students from any college or university with demonstrated financial need, who would be unable to attend Ox-Bow without the support of this scholarship. Credit courses only.

DALE METTERNICH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
For undergraduate and graduate students from ANY school. Credit or non-credit courses.

LORETTA GRELLNER SCHOLARSHIP 
For adult women who are either pursuing a degree in art, or those who need to refresh their professional practice in the classroom environment. Credit or non-credit courses.

WEST MICHIGAN SCHOLARSHIP
For students residing within the 269, 616, or 231 area codes of Western Michigan. Non-credit courses only.

STEKETEE SCHOLASHIP
For undergraduate and graduate students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Credit or non-credit courses.

VI FOGLE URETZ SCHOLASHIP
For undergraduate and graduate students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Credit or non-credit courses.

FREDERICK FURSMAN SCHOLARSHIPFor undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in SAICs Painting and Drawing Programs. Credit or non-credit courses.

THE FITZ AND THELMA COGHLIN SCHOLARSHIP
For student from the West Michigan region.  Credit or non-credit courses.

WEGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
For students from the greater Grand Rapids area. Credit or non-credit courses.

JASON KALAJAINEN SCHOLARSHIP
In honor of Jason Kalajainen's seven years of service as Ox-Bow's Executive Director. For undergraduate or graduate students from any school. Credit or non-credit courses.

ISRAEL DAVIS SCHOLARSHIP
For Kendall College of Art and Design students who have had at least two classes of course work in ceramics or students majoring in Sculpture. Credit or non-credit courses. 

THE LALLA ANNE CRITZ ZANZI SCHOLARSHIP
For female SAIC undergraduate and graduate painting students only. Credit courses only.

DALE METTERNICH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
For undergraduate and graduate students from ANY school. Credit or non-credit courses. For Artists in Residence.

LEROY NEIMAN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
For undergraduate and graduate students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Credit or non-credit courses.

On-line Merit Scholarship application for 2015 may be found HERE in January 2015. Thank you everyone who applied for Summer 2014

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. Winter session students receive 3 credits from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. These credits can be applied toward SAIC off campus credit requirements.

Winter Work Scholarship

Work Scholarship students have the opportunity to experience Ox-Bow in a unique, “behind-the-scenes” way. These students work closely with the resident staff and are asked to respect their role as a part of the staff in fulfilling assigned duties.

Work scholarships are awarded on the first day of Winter Registration, November 18, 2013, by Ox-Bow on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a limited number of work scholarship positions available. Winter work scholarship students receive an award of $1100, 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.

The functioning of Ox-Bow depends on the support of work scholarship students. 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.

Interested students should apply at the time of registration for classes indicating interest on the Registration Form.

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 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 FinAid@saic.edu

Ox-Bow Winter Merit Scholarship

Thank you everyone who applied for the Ox-Bow Winter Merit Scholarship! The application due date has past. All applicants will be informed by email by November 8, 2013. Scroll down for other means of funding your Ox-Bow experience.

Everyone may apply for the Winter Merit Scholarship. Winter courses at Ox-Bow are residential and for-credit only.

The winter merit scholarship provides partial funding for attending a winter Ox-Bow course. Selection by jury is based on work and essay. On-line applications only will be accepted.

Applicants will be required to submit 

  • 1-2 page essay briefly describing their art practice and what will be gained by attending Ox-Bow this winter, 
  • a person of reference, (applicants may choose to submit a letter of reference as well, which can be emailed directly to oxbow@saic.edu), 
  • documentation of their work, (no pdfs of art work, however jpeg, tiff, gif, mov, mp3, mp4, doc, and docx files accepted. Hint try to save movie files as small as possible)
  • an image list/work inventory which lists each image/file, title of the work, media, dimensions and any other necessary information. 
  • Please note: work documentation files/image files should be named so that when they are alphabetically ordered, they match the order on the inventory list.

The Online Merit Scholarship Application is available here. The application due date has past. Please consider Ox-Bow work scholarship or speak with you SAIC financial aid advisor.

Please be sure to have all application material ready before beginning the online application form, as you must upload all of your information in one session. 

Merit applications are due online Sunday, October 27, at 11 pm. Our office is not open on the weekends, so it is recommended to plan to upload your application before Friday, October 25 at noon in the event you need assistance. There will be no extensions to the deadline.