Apply for an Emerging Artist Scholarship

The application process is now closed for the 2020 Emerging Artist Scholarship Program.

If you have submitted your application by mail, please notify us by emailing

Review the Application Guidelines Document.

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 1991 and 2003).
(e.g. Sto:lo, Haida, Selkirk). Contact YVRAF for questions about eligibility.
e.g. Telephone, Email
Have you previously received an award, grant or scholarship from the YVR Art Foundation? If so, list the date and type of award.
You may also include here any information regarding art related classes, programs and/or workshops you have attended.
Work/Volunteer History

Maximum 500 words

Describe any paid work experience you have had and/or any of your volunteer activities in or outside of your community.

Art Experience

Maximum 500 words

Describe your artwork, your interest in the arts and any experience you have particiapting in the arts. For example: What type of art do you do? What materials do you work with?  Do you do art work on your own, at school or with other artists? Have you exhibited or shown your art anywhere?

Personal Statement

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.

Program of Study

Maximum 500 words

You may propose to use your scholarship for one of the following areas (refer to Application Guidelines for details):

1) To work/study with an artist mentor
Describe what your mentor will be teaching you and your proposed mentorship schedule and attach confirmation from your mentor.

2) To attend a recognized school of art
Describe the proposed program of study and include details regarding the length of the program and its structure. Attach confirmation or an acceptance letter from the school.

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

Submission Materials Uploader

Required Documents
The following supporting documents are required as part of this application. 

1) Personal Reference Letter
This can be 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.


2) Artistic Reference Letter
This can be from an art teacher, mentor or individual with an art background who can speak to your artistic potential. 

Note: Both reference letters must include the following information:
- The full name of the applicant;
- The full names, address, and phone number of the person writing the reference;
- The length of time the person writing the reference has known the applicant; and
- The reasons why the applicant should receive this scholarship.


3) Confirmation Letters
Depending on the Program of Study you are applying to, please submit the following:

If you propose to work with a mentor artist:
a. Mentor Artist Letter of Confirmation
This letter should be from the mentor artist you intend to work with confirming that they have agreed to work with you.


b. Mentor Artist Biography or CV
Maximum 2 pages
The biography or CV of the mentor artist you propose to work with.

If you propose to attend a recognized school of art:

a. Letter of Confirmation or Acceptance Letter
This letter will confirm the school you will be attending, the dates and (if applicable) the program you will be enrolled in.

Optional Documents
The following supporting document is optional to your application:

1) Artist CV.


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.

Please use the following guidelines to create your portfolio sample.

Portfolio Guidelines:

  • Include no more than ten photographs of your work.
  • 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 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.
  • If possible, name/title your photos so the document/file name corresponds with the Portfolio Description Sheet and includes your last name and the title of the work. E.g.:
    o 1_Last Name_Title of Work
    o 2_Last Name_Title of Work


Include all Supporting Documents (Reference Letters, Confirmation Letters, Bio and CV's, Portfolio Imagees) 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.