Apply for an Emerging Artist Scholarship

The application process is now OPEN for the 2019 Emerging Artist Scholarship Program.

NEW for 2019: The Youth Scholarship Program has been renamed to the Emerging Artist Scholarship Program to include expanded age criteria.  Review the Application Guidelines Document to confirm your eligibility before applying.

Review the Application Guidelines Document here.

Please verify that you have all the required materials together before beginning the submission process.

This form must be completed in one session. If you begin your application online, you must complete it as the webform will not save your responses.

We recommend saving responses in a separate Word document and copying into the form boxes below. This ensures a back-up of responses is available should you not be able to complete the form in one session.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or the application form, please contact the Program & Administrative Coordinator Bridgette Badowich at

Note: An Emerging Artist Scholarship can be awarded to an individual a maximum of two times.

Personal Information
Applicants for the Emerging Artist Scholarship Program must be between 17 and 29 years of age (born between 1990 and 2002).
(e.g. Sto:lo, Haida, Selkirk). Contact YVRAF for questions about eligibility.
Have you previously received an award, grant or scholarship from the YVR Art Foundation? If so, list the date and type of award.
Please include transcripts from the last school you attended.
Work/Volunteer History

Maximum 500 words

Describe your work and volunteer experience.  This includes paid and/or unpaid work and does not have to be directly related to your art practice.

Art Experience

Maximum 500 words

This section will detail your art work and your interests in the arts. For example: What type of art do you do? What materials do you work with? Have you worked with a mentor or taken any art classes or training? Do you do art work on your own, at school or with other artists? Have you exhibited or shown your art anywhere?

Program of Study

Maximum 500 words

Emerging Artist Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to emerging artists who create visual art that reflects BC or Yukon First Nations culture and who wish to develop their artistic potential.

During the Scholarship year, recipients must complete an art work that demonstrates the development of skills and techniques learned as a result of the scholarship. This work will be displayed at the Vancouver International Airport for one year.

For their Scholarship, applicants must proposeto do one of the following:

1) Work with an artist mentor

If you are proposing to work/study with an artist mentor, please describe what the mentor will be teaching you and what the proposed schedule would be: for example, three hours once a week for six months, two hours every day for six months, etc. You must also submit a letter from your mentor stating that they have agreed to mentor you and how they will be able to assist you, and include a brief summary describing their experience in this area. You must also submit your mentor’s Biography or Curriculum Vitae (see Submission Materials Uploader below).

2) Attend a recognized school of art

Please describe your proposed program of study, a timeline, and description of what you hope to learn in this program. You must submit a confirmation of acceptance letter for the proposed program of study from the school of art you will be attending (if available).

Describe in detail the type of art work that you would propose to create for exhibit at the Vancouver International Airport. The work should illustrate the skills, techniques and what you hope to learn in your proposed Program of Study.

Note: the art work you propose to create for display at YVR must fit within the YVR display case dimensions (43″ w × 29″ d × 66″ h).

Please provide a balanced budget and information on how the scholarship funds will be used as described in the Program of Study section above.

Budget items might include:

  • Tuition/School Fees (if applicable)
  • Tools, Materials and Supplies
  • Travel Expenses (if applicable e.g. you need to travel to your artist mentor)
  • Living Expenses (Maximum $1,000)
  • Mentor honorarium (optional - maximum $1,000)
  • Other budget items

Maximum 500 words

Your personal statement is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself to the Jury and to include any information about yourself that is not covered elsewhere in the application, and that you feel is important for the Jury to know in making their decision.

Submission Materials Uploader

1. Two Reference Letters

a. A personal reference - from anyone who has known you for a number of years, other than immediate family, and who has some insight into your character and goals.

b. An artistic reference - from an art teacher, mentor or individual with an art background who can speak to your artistic potential.

Reference letters must include the following information:

  • The full name of the applicant (you)
  • The full name, address and phone number of the person writing the reference
  • The relationship between the applicant and the person writing the reference
  • The length of time the person writing the reference has known the applicant
  • The reasons why the applicant should receive this scholarship

2. Mentor Biography/Curriculum Vitae or Confirmation Letter

a. If you propose to study with an artist mentor you must submit your mentor's current Biography or Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages).

b. If you propose to attend a recognized school of art, you must submit a confirmation of acceptance letter (if available) for the proposed Program of Study at the art school you will be attending. 

3. Transcripts

Please include a copy of your transcript from the last school you attended.

4. Portfolio 

Your portfolio sample is an important component of your application package. It is an opportunity for you to show the Jury some of your artistic achievements and potential.

Please use the following guidelines to create your portfolio sample.

Portfolio Guidelines:

  • Include a range of media or, if you have worked in only one medium, provide a wide range of samples.
  • Include no more than ten photographs of your work.
  • If possible, include self-initiated work as well as work assigned in a class.
  • If you submit work that was created with another artist, please name the other artist(s) and identify that the work is a collaboration or that you were an assistant on the project.

Film/video portfolio submissions:

  • If you wish to include an example of your film or video work in your portfolio you may submit this through Dropbox or a similar file sharing medium. You must notify us that you will be submitting film/video and by which method by contacting in advance of your submission.
  • If you are submitting your film or video work for your entire portfolio you may submit no more than three videos at a maximum of five minutes each.
  • If you are submitting your film or video work as part of your portfolio, each video submitted is the equivalent of submitting three photographs. For example, if you submit two videos you may only include four additional  photographs in your portfolio submission.

Digital portfolio submissions:

  • Use .jpg or .tif file types.
  • Files must have a minimum 1024 x 768 pixel resolution.
  • If you are submitting a movie or video file please contact us for format preferences.

Include all reference letters, confirmation letter, transcripts and portfolio images in ONE .zip file (maximum 20 MB size) and upload via the button below.

Instructions on creating a .zip file can be found here (will open in new window).


Please list title, dimensions and media for each work and ensure that the file names of the pictures submitted in the uploader match the titles in this box.