Every year, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts offers scholarships to deserving individuals throughout the community. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship to the KIA, we encourage you to fill out and submit the form below.

Adult Scholarship Application Form
The entire form must be completed each term for applicant to be considered for a Kirk Newman Art School Scholarship including recommendations and pertinent financial information. Applicants must pay lab fees and provide their own materials when needed. Attendance is taken in each class. Absences will affect future scholarship awards. For assistance or scholarship deadlines contact school registrar at 269-349-7775 ext 3101.
Which semester are you applying for? *
Have you previously received a KIA scholarship? *
Are you currently enrolled or have you recently graduated from college?
You’re invited to submit two recent examples of your artwork labeled with your name, title, and medium. You may email any additional examples to with "Adult Scholarship Application" in the subject line.

Maximum file size: 516MB

Maximum file size: 516MB

If awarded a partial scholarship would you be able to take the class? *

Recommendation letters should be sent to . The recommendation letters should describe your relationship to the student and why you are willing to recommend this student for a KIA scholarship.

Please choose the appropriate number with 1 being the least applicable and 5 the most.

Application Instructions

All applicants must submit a completed application with recommendations from teachers, counselors, community, or religious representatives. Recommendations should indicate the applicant’s financial need, motivation, and ability.

Scholarship Guidelines

Please read the following guidelines and instructions carefully before completing the application. Most scholarship awards are competitive based on financial need and motivation. For assistance in completing the application or application deadlines contact: School Registrar 349-7775 ext. 3101

Children (preschool through 5th grade) are invited to submit one example of recent work. Please label the artwork with the Applicant’s name.

Young Artists (grades 6 through 12) and Adults are invited to submit two examples of original artwork, which demonstrates creativity, technique, and presentation.

Digital images of original art are acceptable and preferred. Please label work with the applicant’s name.

Scholarship funds are limited. It is likely that not everyone who applies will receive financial assistance. In order to provide the most effective assistance, partial scholarships may be awarded to some applicants.

Scholarships are tuition waivers, which must be used in the designated term and year. Separate applications are required for each term. Scholarships may be applied to one course selection only. Applicants must pay lab fees and provide their own materials when needed. If additional financial help is required contact: School Registrar, (269) 349-7775 ext. 3101.

The goal of the Kirk Newman Art School is to nurture artistic creativity in Southwest Michigan by providing high-quality arts training at a reasonable cost for people of all ages and skill levels. The Art School maintains an open admission policy and does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, ethnic origin, age, or disability. The faculty are practicing artists interested in sharing their knowledge of art. Courses requiring a prescribed level of skill or class prerequisites are clearly distinguished in the course listings.