Winter 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 Federal Aid. See below for options:

Merit Scholarships

All students interested in taking winter classes at Ox-Bow are encouraged to apply for a Merit Scholarship. Merit Scholarships are juried awards based on artwork and application questions. Applications will only be accepted online and are due Friday, October 25, 2019 at midnight CT. The scholarship provides partial funding and students will be notified of their award no later than Tuesday, November 5, 2019. 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 + merit scholarship questions: How would taking a class at Ox-Bow further your academic experience? What class(es) are you interested in taking and how will the class inform or expand your larger practice as an artist?

  2. Two references. We do not require letters of recommendations.

  3. Documentation of your work. Submit 10-15 images of your work or no more than 15 minutes of video/sound, you tube/vimeo links preferred. Each file 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.)

  4. Image List: Include the title of each work, media, dimensions and any other necessary information.

  5. Resume/CV

Work Scholarships

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.  The scholarship covers the cost of room and board ($1,150) 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.

Work scholarships are awarded on the first day of Winter Registration, November 11, 2019 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in room 1425, of the Sullivan Center (36 S. Wabash) on a first come, first served basis. There are a limited number of work scholarship positions available.

After November 12th, any remaining work scholarship will be available to students applying online who have indicated their interests on the registration form. 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. 

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