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Gustave Blache III Art Scholarships

Cultivating artistic talent from Louisiana

To help foster Louisiana’s young artists, the LEH and artist Gustave Blache III have partnered to offer the Gustave Blache III Art Scholarships for Aspiring Artists to support students attending the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City.


Named after accomplished Louisiana artist and SVA alumnus Gustave Blache III, the scholarship is open to all aspiring artists from Louisiana interested in pursuing either Bachelor or Master of Fine Arts degrees at SVA, one of the nation’s premiere art schools. Applications for the 2024-5 school year scholarships are open now through January 17, 2024. Please review the application guidance below before applying.

Find more guidance on the application process and applicable programs below.
“This is a life-changing opportunity for Louisiana’s young artists, one that will further foster critical thinking skills with the creative arts as they have never had before."
Louisiana-native and artist Gustave Blache III

Recent Scholarship Recipients

The winners of the 2020 Gustave Blache III Art Scholarships for Aspiring Artists from Louisiana are Cierra Johnson of New Orleans (undergraduate award) and Myron Solomon, also of New Orleans (graduate award).

Learn more about the 2020 recipients

Myron Solomon, Maliyah the Magical: Wondrous Petals, 2018. Acrylic.

Learn about the 2019 recipients of the Gustave Blache III Art Scholarships here.

“The Gustave Blache III Art Scholarship is giving me a chance to attend an amazing school and pursue my passion for art in one of the most creative cities in the world.”
Marguerite Michel, 2019 scholarship recipient

How to Apply

Aspiring artists from Louisiana who are either high school seniors (undergraduate award) or seeking to begin work on a Master of Fine Arts degree (graduate award)

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Scholarship Award of $25,000/annually for four years*
  • Master of Fine Arts Scholarship Award of $25,000/annually for two years*

These $25,000-a-year scholarship awards represent $25,000 toward an annual tuition fee of $50,000.

*exclusive of the animation program

Applications for the scholarship will open on November 27, 2023, and close January 17, 2024. Recipients will be notified in spring of 2024.

Please note the following SVA deadlines:

  • SVA’s preferred application date for incoming freshmen for maximum consideration for scholarships is December 1, 2024.
  • SVA graduate school application due date is January 15, 2024.
  • SVA incoming freshmen application final due date for scholarship consideration is February 1, 2024.
  • SVA’s fall 2024 undergraduate and graduate classes begin on September 3, 2024

Please read the Account & Application Creation Guide carefully before beginning an application.

All applicants will be required to upload a portfolio of original work, including a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 art samples.

Of special note: The awarding of this scholarship is dependent upon the applicant’s successful application and acceptance into the School of Visual Art’s illustration or other fine arts program.

Students applying for a Gustave Blache III Scholarship should carefully review SVA’s admissions requirements and be prepared to submit an application to SVA. The application deadline for graduate admissions at SVA is generally mid-January. For undergraduates, applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

This scholarship may not be used at any other school.

Below are the direct links to the School of Visual Arts admissions requirements pages. All applicants should carefully review SVA’s requirements, including guidelines for portfolio submissions.

Interested applicants can apply now here via LEH’s grants management portal. Important notes:

If you have questions about the scholarship program, please email [email protected].