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


Work scholarships are awarded on the first day of Summer Registration, Monday, March 21, 2016 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 March 21, any remaining work scholarship will be available to students applying online who have indicated their interests on the online registration form. The scholarship covers the cost of room and board 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.

Before applying, please be certain that you can complete the requested work. It is required that students inform Ox-Bow in advance if they decide not to complete work scholarship duties.



All students interested in taking classes at Ox-Bow are encouraged to apply for a Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship is a juried award based on work and application questions. Applications will only be accepted online and are due February 22, 2016. The scholarship provides partial funding. If you have any questions about the application form or process, please fill free to contact our office at (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_01, Lastname_02 (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



  • If you drop a class, scholarships cannot be used to pay for drop fees.

  • If you are an SAIC student and taking an Ox-Bow class for credit, scholarships will be applied directly to your PeopleSoft account. It often takes several billing cycles before scholarships appear on your bill.

  • Ox-Bow scholarships awarded to non-credit students will be applied directly to your bill, and you will owe the balance at the time of registration.



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 FinAid@saic.edu.