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.

Scholarship Brochure Spanish

Youth Scholarships

Fall applications are closed. Please check back on November 18, 2019 for Winter applications.

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.