First-Time Freshmen Merit Scholarships

Creative Achievement Scholarship

This merit scholarship competition is open to all high school seniors applying for fall admission who have completed their admissions application by February 1.

Awards are based on a student's academic achievement and creative ability (as demonstrated by their portfolio). The college awards more than 1.2 million dollars to entering first-year students.

The awards, which range up to $20,000, may be renewed for four years of full-time enrollment if the recipient maintains good academic standing.


The competition is open to all high school seniors who plan to begin their studies at CCA during the fall semester. Awards are based on outstanding creative ability and academic achievement.


Applicants should complete all admission application requirements by February 1. No separate scholarship application is required.

Submit a portfolio of your 10 best works in digital format. Creative writing and visual studies applicants may submit writing samples to be considered for a Creative Achievement Award.

This work should represent the success of your prior art or writing experience, whether class assignments, personal expression, or work experience.

CCA Scholastic Awards

CCA provides renewable merit scholarships to national recipients of:

  • Portfolio Gold Medalists in Art
  • Portfolio Silver Medalist and Portfolio Silver Medalists with Distinction in Art
  • Individual Gold Medalists, American Visions Medalists, and Sponsored Award Recipients (seniors only)

The CCA Scholastic Award is renewable and may be awarded in conjunction with other CCA merit scholarships. Find out more here

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