Scholarships for children and adults

Scholarship Guidelines

Each year, 10% of students enrolled in art classes are recipients of a Nelson-Atkins scholarship. By providing financial assistance to qualified students, the Scholarship Program ensures that all children can experience the unique classes in the Ford Learning Center.

Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and a desire to participate. To be considered for a youth scholarship, students must be recommended by a sponsor. Please be sure to read the Scholarship Brochure before completing the online application.

Youth Scholarships

Winter applications for 2019 will be accepted between Nov 19 to Dec 10, 2018. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis (first-time participants will be given priority).

Up to three siblings per household may participate. Qualifying applications are kept on file for one year.

View Winter 2019 Classes

Youth Scholarship Online Application

For offline access, the form may also be printed and mailed to the museum.
Youth Scholarship Application, English (PDF)
Youth Scholarship Application, Spanish (PDF)

Returning Students
All returning students with an approved application (submitted within the year) must also submit a request for studio classes.
Studio Session Online Application

For offline access, the form may also be printed and mailed to the museum.
Studio Session Request, English (PDF)
Studio Session Request, Spanish (PDF)

Adult Scholarships

The Nelson-Atkins offers scholarship assistance to adults who would like an opportunity to enroll in museum art classes.

Scholarships are awarded to adult applicants based on financial need. A limited number of scholarships are available each session and are awarded to qualified students on a first-come, first-served basis.
View a complete list of adult classes.

If you have questions regarding the adult scholarship application, you may call the Educator of Public Programs at 816-751-1372.

Applications must be received at least two weeks prior to the start of class. Preference is given to first-time applicants. Scholarships are limited to a maximum of two per person per year.