Arts Programs/Contests Arts Scholarships


Every year thousands of performing, visual and literary artists age 15-18 apply to YoungArts through our national competition. Finalists attend National YoungArts Week to collaborate with peers and develop their crafts with internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Finalists in their senior year are further eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts—one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

All award winners—including Finalist, Merit and Honorable Mention award levels—receive mentorship and financial awards; gain access to a lifetime of creative, professional development and funding opportunities; and become part of an uplifting, inter-generational community that helps artists connect, create and collaborate.

who should apply?any student interested in arts and/or writing
eligible grade levelssophomores – seniors
awardMerit: $100
Honorable Mention: $250
Level 3 Finalist: $1,000
Level 2 Finalist: $1,500
Level 1 Finalist: $3,000
Silver Finalist: $5,000
Gold Finalist: $10,000
cost$35 application fee (can be waived)
openssummer 2022
deadlinemid-October 2022
decisions releasedmid-November – early December 2022
date of programJanuary 9-15, 2022 (National YoungArts week for finalists)
location Virtual (National YoungArts week for finalists)
selectivity~10% awardee rate (?)

application requirements

  • be a citizen of the US, a permanent resident/green card recipient, or legally able to receive taxable income in the US
  • be in grades 10-12 or 15-18 years old on Dec. 1 of the application year
  • be a first time National Young Arts Week participant if chosen as finalist

application process

  • submit art/writing pieces by October 15
    • art categories: classical music, dance, design arts, film, jazz, photography, theater, visual arts, voice
    • writing categories: creative nonfiction, novel, play/script, poetry, short story, spoken word


  • 20 YoungArts finalist award winners are chosen to recieve US Presidential Scholar in the Arts
  • Finalist award money can be used for anything the recipient chooses.

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