SACI Scholarships

SACI Scholarships

  • David Davidson Scholarship Fund

    Established in December 2017 with a generous donation by the Jay Pritzker Foundation, the David Davidson Scholarship Fund is named in memory of SACI's Vice President and Dean, David Davidson. David served as SACI Dean for 17 years and was instrumental in developing SACI's Graduate Programs. This scholarship is in honor of his immense contribution to SACI and the passionate support David gave to students in the arts throughout his tenure as Dean. Full and partial scholarships from this fund are awarded to both graduate and undergraduate students based on exceptional artistic or design talent and academic ability, as well as demonstrated financial need.

    Learn how to apply for scholarships and aid.

  • Consortium Scholarship

    Full-tuition SACI Consortium Scholarship

    The Full-Tuition SACI Consortium Scholarship is awarded only in the Fall and Spring semesters. A student may receive this scholarship for his or her first semester of study at SACI only. The scholarship is based on both artistic and/or academic ability and demonstrated financial need. (Scholarship applicants who are not awarded the Full-Tuition SACI Consortium Scholarship are automatically reviewed for other SACI Consortium scholarship awards.)

    Other SACI Consortium Scholarships

    SACI also awards numerous other SACI Consortium scholarships in the Fall, Spring, Late Spring and Summer. Students must be attending SACI Consortium schools and demonstrate artistic and/or academic merit and financial need.


    The competition is open to students who are currently attending a SACI Consortium School. View a complete list of SACI Consortium schools.


    All scholarship applicants from SACI Consortium schools are automatically reviewed for these awards. Learn how to apply for scholarships and aid.

    Application Deadlines

    Deadline to apply for the award for a Fall semester: March 15th.

    Deadline to apply for the award for a Spring semester: October 15th.

  • Jules Maidoff Scholarship

    The Jules Maidoff Scholarship is named after the founder and Director Emeritus of SACI. This is a $2,500 tuition scholarship and is offered only on the basis of exceptional talent and need.

    Learn how to apply for scholarships and aid.

  • Other SACI Scholarships

    Late Spring & Summer Scholarships

    $500 scholarships are available to students enrolled full time (two courses) during the Late Spring and Summer terms. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and academic merit. To be considered students must indicate in the online application an interest in applying for a scholarship, have an overall GPA of 3.3 or above, and submit a copy of the FAFSA report. Portfolios and Letters of Intent are not required for Late Spring and Summer program scholarship consideration.

    SACI Alumni Heritage Scholarship

    The SACI Alumni Heritage Scholarship of $1,500 is awarded in the Fall and Spring term to the son or daughter of a SACI alum. Students must fulfill the same requirements as other SACI scholarship applicants. In addition, they must submit a statement indicating the name of the parent who attended SACI and the dates of his or her attendance. Applicants must submit all required materials by the scholarship deadlines (March 15 for the Fall Term, October 15 for the Spring Term). (Scholarship applicants who are not awarded the SACI Alumni Heritage Scholarship are automatically reviewed for other SACI scholarship awards.)

    The Gillian Award

    This scholarship is named after Gillian Tilbury, former wife of SACI founder Jules Maidoff. Gillian, deceased in 1984, was one of the key figures for SACI's birth. The Gillian Award is open to a female artist with demonstrated artistic achievement who will be attending in both the Fall and Spring terms. This award offers the unique opportunity to an aspiring fine artist to live and work in Florence, utilizing all the resources of SACI. The recipient receives a $3,000 tuition scholarship.

    Anna K. Meredith Scholarships

    The Anna K. Meredith Scholarship is an award of $2,000 for undergraduate study in a Fall or Spring term.

    International Incentive Awards

    The International Incentive Awards have been established by SACI to encourage participation in study abroad programs by members of traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial groups and other minority groups. Applicants should be either sophomores or juniors with a demonstrated ability in the studio arts and with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Up to two scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded for the Fall and Spring terms.

    Clare Brett Smith Scholarship

    This scholarship was instituted by Clare Brett Smith, photographer, teacher, former board member of SACI, as well as founder of Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organization that helps artisan women world wide to develop their skills and careers.The Clare Brett Smith Scholarship awards $1,000 per term to a student in photography.

    Lele Cassin Scholarship

    Lele Cassin was a student of Fellini and former much loved teacher of documentary film at SACI. The Lele Cassin Scholarship, founded in his honor and loving memory, awards $1,000 per term to a student with ability in video production. Applicants should submit a short video (no longer than 15 minutes) of the applicant’s work.

    Round Trip Tickets to Florence

    Two free roundtrip tickets to Florence are made possible by an anonymous donor for students who attend SACI in the Spring term. Valid only on SACI’s Spring term group flight from New York, these tickets are awarded as part of the SACI scholarship competition.

    Learn how to apply for scholarships and aid.

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