Applicants to Pilchuck Glass School's Summer Program may be eligible for scholarship; from Pilchuck or through one of our many partners. Read below to learn more about general and special scholarships and financial aid. To be considered for available scholarships, apply by 11:59PM [Pacific], February 1, 2020.

Pilchuck provides financial assistance to more than one-third of its students through the generosity of donors, foundations, and student auctions and continues to expand the number of full and partial scholarships it offers to support diverse and talented individuals.

Artists who work in all media are encouraged to apply. You do not need to have images of work in glass to be considered for a scholarship.

Scholarship applicants are scored and ranked based on artistic merit by an outside jury of arts professionals. Consideration may also be given for financial need. All scholarship applicants qualify for general scholarships; applicants may also qualify for a special scholarship.
All scholarship applicants are considered for general scholarships, but you may also qualify for one or more of the available special scholarships below if you are:

  • an international applicant
  • citizen of Eastern Europe or Israel
  • resident of Australia or New Zealand (funded by Kaplan/Ostergaard Australia/New Zealand Scholarship)
  • resident of the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington
  • resident of Arizona, member of Arizona Glass Alliance
  • of African American, Hispanic American, Native American, or other minority heritage
  • an applicant for a flameworking course
  • a glass industry worker (i.e. apprentice, assistant, or gaffer)
  • a seasonal staff member or campus assistant from the prior year
  • a nominee for a Corning Incorporated Foundation or Saxe Award from the prior year
  • currently enrolled as an art student at California College of the Arts
  • currently enrolled as an art student at one of these New England area schools: Massachusetts Institute of Technology • Massachusetts College of Art • Rhode Island School of Design • Salem State College • School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston • Worcester Center for Crafts
  • a nominee from a current Partner Institution
Scholarship applications require the submission of additional materials along with the Summer Program application form.

The scholarship jury, a panel of outside artists and arts professionals, considers the following when reviewing submissions:

  • Originality and inventiveness
  • Aesthetic excellence
  • Skillful and imaginative use of glass or other media
  • Visual clarity

The images you submit make up the majority of your score. After applicants have been ranked, statements of financial need are considered to break any ties. Every year a different panel of jurors is invited so if you have applied before and not received a scholarship, we encourage you to apply again!

S12 + Murano Residency Awards

  • In addition to receiving a full scholarship to Pilchuck, the top-ranking scholarship applicant will also be offered a residency at S12 Open Access Studio and Gallery in Bergen, Norway. This opportunity is supported by S12: 
  • The six top-ranking intermediate to advanced glassblowers  will be invited to participate in a cultural, live-work experience in Murano, Italy, with Autonoma Factory between April 15–May 5, 2019. The top-scoring individual of this group will also receive a full scholarship to Pilchuck. This opportunity is supported by Autonoma Factory,
Each 2019 Partner Institution below is invited to select a member or student to receive a partial scholarship to Pilchuck. If you are chosen for a Partner Scholarship by your institution - apply February 1, 2019, and include the name of your partner institution in your application.

  • Alberta College of Art and Design
  • Alfred University
  • Appalachian Center for Crafts
  • Bezalel Academy of Art & Design
  • California College of the Arts
  • California State University - Fullerton
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Columbus College of Art & Design
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • Glass Art Association of Canada
  • Hilltop Artists in Residence
  • Illinois State University
  • JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Kent State University
  • Konstfack, University College of Art, Craft & Design
  • Massachusetts College of Art
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Monash University - Caulfield
  • New York University
  • Niijima Glass Art Center
  • Ohio State University
  • Pratt Fine Arts Center
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Royal College of Art
  • San Jose State University
  • Santa Monica College
  • Sheridan College
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Sydney College of the Arts
  • The ANU School of Art
  • The Evergreen State College
  • The National College of Art and Design
  • Toyama City Institute of Glass Art
  • Tulane University
  • Tyler School of Art
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Miami
  • University of the Arts
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Western Washington University
  • Wilson High School


After the scholarship deadline has passed, Pilchuck may offer financial aid for summer and fall courses. To request financial aid, applicants should write a statement of need in the comments section at the end of the online application form. Offers of financial aid do not require submission of other materials, and are made first-come, first-served.  

Once you are enrolled in a course, you are not eligible for consideration for financial aid.