Give to Scholarships

Scholarships open opportunities for CCA students, sparking creativity, fueling innovation, and inspiring compassion.

Support a Scholarship

Gifts large and small make a difference in closing the gap between talent and financial need

“I think about my scholarship every day, especially when things are tough—I remember that there are individuals who support what I do and want to see me succeed. And that makes me work harder.”

— Joanne Lee

(BFA Interaction Design 2019)

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Gifts of any size can be made in support of CCA’s general scholarship fund, which distributes awards to students with immediate need, within the year it was received, or to an existing named scholarship fund. Every contribution makes a significant difference in helping students thrive academically, creatively, and beyond.

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Create a Named Scholarship

Support the next generation of creative leaders who are shaping a brighter future for our world

Thanks to the generosity of our community, CCA provides 74% of students with scholarships and financial aid support. Our priority is to ensure that cost is never a barrier to a quality education and that aspiring young artists and designers develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to advance transformative change.

In these times of economic uncertainty, need is greater than ever for many students.

Creating a scholarship provides critical support for students who otherwise could not attend CCA. Your gift makes a direct impact, enriching students’ learning experiences and inspiring them to make powerful contributions to society.

Spend down annual scholarships

Gifts to spend down scholarships provide immediate support to students with the most pressing needs. These funds are essential for continuing and prospective students who urgently need financial aid in order to enroll at CCA.

  • Gifts over $5,000 are eligible to be named and awarded in full for the academic year.
  • The scholarship is viable for as long as annual contributions are made.
  • Unrestricted scholarship gifts enable CCA to provide aid to as many deserving students as possible regardless of major and level of study.
  • Awarding is administered by the CCA Financial Aid office based on financial and merit qualifications.

“Receiving this scholarship has been a rewarding experience and has meant so much more to me during these challenging times. It reminds me that as creatives we are trained to adapt and find positive outcomes in even the most unfavorable circumstances. I am beyond humbled and honored.”

— Iván Domínguez-Murillo

(BArch 2023) Fong & Chan Architects Undergraduate Scholarship

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Scholarship recipient Anastasha "Tasha" Luz Aco

Endowed scholarships

Endowed scholarships create a legacy that will exist in perpetuity to help generations of talented students.

  • A gift of at least $50,000 establishes a named scholarship fund that is invested in its entirety and grants awards from interest earned.
  • The scholarship can be named in honor of an individual, family, organization, or even a faculty member.
  • Donors receive an annual endowment report on fund performance and scholarship awarding, detailing the impact of their scholarship gifts.

For more information about giving to scholarships, contact [email protected].

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Your philanthropy is an investment in our community, ensuring the Bay Area remains at the center of innovative learning, diverse perspectives, and forward thinking

“At CCA, you find the people who are literally inventing the future.”

— Charles Warren

Director, Twitter

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CCA is a wellspring of creative talent in the heart of the Bay Area. Scholarships enable us to bring the brightest art and design students from around the world to live, learn, and work throughout the region.

Scholarship and financial aid support has a demonstrated impact on student retention, academic achievement, and career success. CCA graduates are trained to cultivate intellectual curiosity, risk-taking, collaboration, innovation, compassion, and integrity, and they are highly sought after by companies such as Pixar/Disney, Apple, Intel, Facebook, Gensler, Google, IDEO, Autodesk, Mattel, and Nike, and many launch their own businesses. Alumni work is featured in major museum collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MoMA New York, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, SFMOMA, and Tate Modern.

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“I’m proud that CCA alumni represent some of the greatest talent making waves in the workforce today—and I want to help develop the next generation of creative leaders.”

— Phil Balagtas

(MFA Interaction Design 2011)

Join us in igniting the transformational power of creative work.

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Scholarship Funds

CCA is deeply grateful to the generous scholarship donors who make a CCA education possible for hundreds of students each year

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Barclay Simpson Awardees at the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries in 2022.

CCA Named Annual Scholarships

  • AIA Emerging Leader Scholarship
  • Amazon CCA Scholarship
  • Annieglass Scholarship
  • Lorna Meyer Calas Scholarship
  • Susan Ciriclio Photography Scholarship
  • Alvin E. Cole and Ruth S. Cole Scholarship Fund
  • The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Illustration Scholarship
  • Daniel J. and Susan E. Daniloff Design Scholarship
  • De Iuliis Family Scholarship
  • Diversity in Design Scholarship
  • Faculty Emeritus Scholarship
  • Richard Gayton Emeritus Scholarship
  • Charles Gill Emeritus Scholarship
  • Half Century Club Scholarship
  • Alan Herrick Memorial Scholarship
  • Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation Scholarship
  • Wolfgang Lederer Memorial Scholarship
  • Maxwell | Hanrahan Foundation Scholarship
  • Morhauser Scholarship
  • NICOLEHOLLIS Interior Design + Architecture Diversity Scholarship
  • Edna Reichmuth Scholarship
  • Sarkisian Family Scholarship
  • Laurel Scheinman Scholarship
  • Louis Shawl Trustee Emeritus Scholarship
  • Barclay Simpson MFA Award
  • Roselyne C. Swig Scholarship
  • Sandra Vivanco Diversity Scholarship
  • Patricia Walsh Emerita Scholarship
  • CCA Diversity Scholarship Fund in memory of Art Gensler

CCA Endowed Scholarships

  • Andrew Addkison Memorial Scholarship
  • Alumni Heritage Endowed Scholarship
  • Kaz Baba Memorial Travel Award
  • Marjorie Benedict Memorial Scholarship
  • Vivian Bolton Scholarship
  • Ralph Borge Scholarship
  • Jan and Tom Boyce Endowed Scholarship
  • William Brobeck and Gloria Brown Brobeck Scholarship
  • R. A. Brown Memorial Scholarship
  • Victor Carrasco Memorial Scholarship
  • Peter Chapman Memorial Scholarship
  • Lauren Chapman Ruiz Endowed Scholarship
  • Carmen M. Christensen Endowed Scholarship
  • Marcella Cleese Endowed Scholarship
  • The Clorox Company Foundation Scholarship
  • Clothier Family Endowed Scholarship
  • The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation Graphic Design Scholarship
  • Craft Forward Scholarship
  • Michael Patrick Cronan Endowed Scholarship
  • Christopher Timothy Cutler Endowed Scholarship
  • Kate V. and Harry W. Davies Memorial Scholarship
  • Terry Dougall and Robert Hill Rainbow Endowed Scholarship
  • Ted Doyle Scholarship
  • Hank Dunlop Interior Design Scholarship
  • Emigre Endowed Scholarship
  • Frederick W. Farnol and Ellen C. Farnol Endowed Scholarship
  • Leonard and Bella Feldman Endowed Scholarship
  • The Field Family Endowed Scholarship
  • Charles Fiske Memorial Scholarship
  • Koko Fujita Flowers Endowed Scholarship
  • Fong & Chan Architects (David G. Fong / Chui Lin Tse-Chan)
  • Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Florence J. French Scholarship
  • Viola Frey Endowed Chair in Fine Arts
  • Stanlee R. Gatti Endowed Scholarship
  • Gensler Family Foundation Scholarship
  • Goldenberg Endowed Scholarship
  • Richard F. “Rick” Groshong Memorial Scholarship
  • Trude Guermonprez Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Gump’s Endowed Scholarship
  • Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship
  • The Mikae Hara Scholarship
  • The William Randolph Hearst Foundation Endowed Scholarship
  • The Leo and Florence Helzel Endowed Scholarship Fund in Honor of David Kirshman
  • Lowell Herrero Endowed Scholarship
  • Osman and Gordena Jackson Memorial Scholarship
  • The George Frederick Jewett Foundation Architecture Scholarship
  • Fletcher Jones Foundation Endowed Scholarship
  • Kaiser Permanente Scholarship
  • David Kelley Endowed Scholarship
  • Kay Kimpton Walker Endowed Scholarship
  • Walter and Josephine Landor Endowed Scholarship
  • Steven Leiber and Leigh Markopoulos Scholarship
  • Dennis Leon and Christin Nelson Scholarship
  • Miranda Leonard Endowed Scholarship
  • Lucille Knutson Leslie Scholarship
  • Michael and Jeannette Lopez Endowment
  • Toni A. Lowenthal Memorial Scholarship
  • Mary MacInnes Scholarship
  • Walter J. Menrath Scholarship
  • Byron Meyer Scholarship in Graduate Fine Arts
  • Frederick and Laetitia Meyer Scholarship
  • The Muscardini Family Endowed Scholarship
  • National Endowment for the Arts Scholarship
  • Arthur E. Nelson Ceramic Scholarship
  • Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizen Series Endowment
  • Kevin Novack Scholarship
  • OgilvyOne Endowed Scholarship
  • Lloyd H. Oliver Memorial Scholarship
  • Ethel V. Olson Endowed Scholarship
  • The Bernard Osher Foundation Scholarship
  • Carole Doyle Peel Memorial Scholarship in Fine Arts
  • Shepard Pollack and Paulette Long Endowed Scholarship
  • George Post Memorial Scholarship
  • President’s International Scholarship
  • Richard K. Price Scholarship
  • Ted Purves Award
  • Robert Ralls Memorial Scholarship
  • Steve Renick Graphic Design Scholarship
  • Steve Reoutt Memorial Scholarship
  • Jessie Cutting Richardson Memorial Scholarship
  • Rite Editions Gift in Memory of Steven Leiber
  • RMW/Matthew R. Mills Endowed Scholarship
  • Rotasa Scholarship
  • Roth & Weil Family Endowed Scholarship
  • Reuben and Muriel Savin Foundation Scholarship
  • George B. Saxe Scholarship
  • Leslie Scalapino Scholarship
  • Rudolph Schaeffer Endowed Faculty Chair
  • Gertrude and Elizabeth Schaufel Memorial Scholarship
  • Norma Schlesinger Endowed Scholarship
  • The Chara Schreyer Scholarship
  • Key Sekimachi Endowed Scholarship
  • Nancy Selvin Award
  • Louis Shawl Graphic Design Endowed Scholarship
  • Peter Shoemaker Memorial Scholarship
  • Tobin Shreeve Memorial Scholarship
  • Louis and Lundy Siegriest Memorial Scholarship
  • Ellamae Simmons, MD Endowed Scholarship
  • Alva and Hugo Steccati Endowed Scholarship
  • Roberta Steele Endowed Scholarship
  • Henry Sugimoto Memorial Scholarship
  • Sheila Sullivan Memorial Scholarship
  • Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program
  • Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Scholarship
  • Michael Vanderbyl Design Scholarship
  • John D. Wagner and Leita M. Hancock Scholarship
  • Angie Wang and Mark Fox Graphic Design Scholarship
  • Warnock-Berardi Endowed Scholarship
  • Jerrold B. Whitney Memorial Scholarship
  • Susan Wood Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Ronald and Anita Wornick Award
  • Ronald and Anita Wornick Scholarship
  • Wornick Distinguished Visiting Professor in Wood Arts
  • Albertina “Nina” Zanzi Endowed Scholarship

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