Art Scholarship Guidelines

For the school year beginning in the fall of 2018, The Robert B McMillen Foundation will hold a scholarship competition for students entering or attending institutions of higher education in the states of Washington and Alaska and majoring in the area of Visual Arts. Renewals will continue to be awarded according to performance.


1. A student’s eligibility for a scholarship is based on the student’s intent to seek a degree or certification at an accredited institution of higher education within the states of Washington and/or Alaska in the area of Visual Arts. Such institution must be approved by The Robert B McMillen Foundation. See the scholarship application for the complete list.

2. Those applying for scholarships should be able to demonstrate outstanding performance in the areas of visual art.

3. Eligibility for a scholarship is partially based upon demonstrated financial need as determined by using the Department of Education Federal Methodology formula as calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Using the information provided by the FAFSA, each institution will fill out the Financial Aid Worksheet on the student’s behalf.


1. The application and submission instructions can be found online. For those with no internet access a hard copy will be furnished upon written request mailed to: The Robert B McMillen Foundation, P O Box 176, Cle Elum, WA 98922. Completed application and all other items required by the application must be physically received by 5:00 pm PST on May 4, 2018. Note: Acceptance is NOT based upon a postmarked date. Do not trust the US Postal Service or any other carrier to deliver it on time. If you mail your application on May 3rd (for example), and it does not arrive on May 4th by 5:00 pm, it will not be considered.

2. In addition to the completed application form, the application requires the following additional information:
a. A copy of the acceptance letter to the educational institution of choice, if acceptance has occurred. Application to college must occur before submitting this application for scholarship. Must be uploaded into the application portal.
b. Official certified high school and/or college transcript. Must be mailed or electronically submitted outside the application portal. What you submit with your application depends on your level of education:

  • High School Student/No College: Requires official transcripts from all secondary schools.
  • Less than 2 years of College: Requires official transcripts from both secondary school(s) and college(s).
  • More than 2 years of College: Requires only official college transcript(s)

Please Note: We must have two years of grade data to calculate the merit portion of your application. Applications that do not include two years of grade data will only receive a partial score in this category.

c. Financial Aid Worksheet (to be completed by each college/university). Must be mailed or electronically submitted outside the application portal by the school.

  • Applicants must submit the Financial Aid Worksheet to the college of their choice. We encourage the student to complete their FAFSA early and follow up with their school of choice in making sure their Financial Aid Worksheet is completed by the school by the deadline. NOTE: It is recommended that this worksheet be given to the financial aid department of the college AT LEAST ONE MONTH IN ADVANCE. Do not wait until the last minute to get this worksheet to your college as it creates an undue workload on the college financial staff. Any worksheets given to the colleges April 27th or later will not be considered. Worksheets turned in April 27th or later, or worksheets where the student has not completed the most recent FAFSA, will receive a zero in the financial need area which amounts to 15% of your score.

d. Essay – The applicant’s original essay, done in the style which they choose. How you submit your essay depends on the format – see below.
**The essay must answer the following questions: 1) How has art influenced your life?; 2) Why have you chosen the school you have?; and 3) What career do you wish to have once you are out of college?

If the end product is recorded or is a video, then:

  • Must be no more than 3 minutes in length;
  • Must be uploaded into the online application portal;
  • Must be viewable/playable on a standard PC.

If end product is in any other format, then:

  • If written, not more than 500 words.
  • It must be physically mailed to the Foundation office and it must arrive by the application deadline.
  • No Slides, VHS Tapes, Cassette Tapes, or other media that requires a specialized viewer or player will be accepted.

Note: The essay constitutes a large portion of your score. Visual Creativity is highly encouraged. There are many ways to do an artistic essay- you’re the artist- be creative!!

e. Eight (8) examples of artwork submitted in .jpeg, .avi, .mov, or .swf format ONLY. Must be uploaded into the application portal. We want to see who you are as an artist! In addition to potential and talent, we look for:

  • Focus – Submit work showing the discipline you want to go into.
  • Professionalism – Submit finished, portfolio-worthy work – not concept work or sketchbook drawings.
  • Originality – Submit work showing who you are as an artist – reproductions of masters’ paintings or other artist’s work should not be submitted, as this is not the applicant’s original idea or works.


1. The Robert B McMillen Foundation Art Scholarship is a last-in scholarship. Scholarship funds will be applied to tuition, after all other scholarships and grants, up to $25,000 per academic year, to the school of the student’s choice within The Robert B McMillen Foundation Approved College List. Scholarship funds designated for tuition must be used for tuition only. Overages cannot be given to the student (such as in the case of multiple scholarships).
2. Recipients of scholarships are selected on the basis of all factors which the Foundation considers relevant, without regard to race, sex, color, ethnic origin, religious belief, marital status, sexual preference or physical handicap.

3. Scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year will be for tuition; after all other scholarships and grants (up to $25,000 per academic year). Students may reapply to the Foundation each year they meet eligibility requirements.

4. Scholarship funds will be paid to the educational institution which the student will be attending for the benefit of the student. At no time will funds be paid directly to a student.

5. The scholarship recipient is expected to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above for each academic period. If the grade point average falls below 3.0 during any academic period, the scholarship will terminate immediately. Cumulative GPA does not apply.
Your artwork will not be judged if:
1) You submit more than 8 examples of artwork, 2) You are a college student and do not submit artwork that reflects your area of focus.
We are not responsible for artwork that we are unable to view or play due
to technology or formatting issues.

For Academic Year 2018-19;


Mailing Address: For UPS and carriers requiring street address:

Robert B. McMillen Foundation Robert B. McMillen Foundation
P O Box 176 402 E. First Street, STE 104
Cle Elum, WA 98922 Cle Elum, WA 98922


Mailing Address:
Robert B. McMillen Foundation
PO Box 176
Cle Elum, WA 98922

For UPS and carriers requiring street address:
Robert B. McMillen Foundation
402 E. First Street, STE 104
Cle Elum, WA 98922