Beautiful/Work invests in the people who see the world as it could be. Every year, SAIC enrolls the most talented aspiring artists from around the world. By funding fellowships and scholarships, the Beautiful/Work campaign will eliminate the financial obstacles between deserving students and a world-class art and design education at SAIC. Now, in celebration of our 150th Anniversary and beyond, we are the most influential art and design school in the country. Where we go next depends on the people we bring here today.
Need-Based Undergraduate Scholarships
SAIC offers more than 2,600 undergraduate students a small student-to-faculty ratio, access to world-class facilities, and a chance to study off-campus. Scholarships open this unique educational opportunity to a diverse group of creative students with a focus on graduates of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and those who are the first in their family to attend college. Beautiful/Work will increase scholarship support and contribute to the diversity of our campus by attracting the most talented and motivated undergraduate students to SAIC regardless of their ability to pay.
To endow a new named scholarship, contact Kendra Foley at 312.499.4190 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Merit Fellowships
Graduate students produce groundbreaking work, teach undergraduate courses, and contribute to the cultural life of our campus and our city. The quality of our graduate students also correlates to our ability to attract and retain the best faculty. Graduate merit fellowships help us build a strong and vibrant community by providing financial support for our most promising incoming graduate students. Once here, this support allows them to focus on their work while giving them the confidence and freedom to take risks.
To endow a new named fellowship, contact Kendra Foley at 312.499.4190 or email@example.com
College Arts Access Program Scholarships
SAIC’s College Arts Access Program (CAAP) prepares Chicago Public Schools students for success in college and adds to the diversity of our campus by putting a post-secondary education within the reach of artistically talented low-income students. CAAP participants can earn high school or college credits and receive tutoring, mentorship, test preparation, and instruction in portfolio presentation and financial literacy. Beautiful/Work will help us bring more deserving students from households across Chicago to SAIC. Learn more about CAAP.
To endow a new CAAP scholarship, please contact Cheryl Russell at 312.499.4190 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notable SAIC Alumni Who Received Scholarships at SAIC
- Ivan Albright (SAIC 1919–23, HON 1977)
- Richard Hunt (BA 1957, HON 1979)
- Ed Paschke (BFA 1961, MFA 1970, HON 1990)
- Elizabeth Murray (BFA 1962, HON 1992)
- Cynthia Rowley (BFA 1981)
- Sanford Biggers (MFA 1999)
- Rashid Johnson (MFA 2005)
Stories of Impact
Your support enables students to attend SAIC and to take full advantage of the resources available to them once they are here. Your support provides SAIC students a sense of artistic freedom and confidence to take risks in their work, and allows them the time and resources necessary to explore, provoke, ask questions, and define what’s next.
The gift will establish the Mencoff Family Fellowship in Historic Preservation.
SAIC received a gift of $1 million from Michael and Cari Sacks to establish the Sacks Family Fund.
Bank of America donated more than $1.2 million to SAIC to establish need-based scholarships for Chicago’s high school graduates to pursue higher education at SAIC.