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Need Help Paying for Your Visual Arts Degree? Check Out This Scholarship

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Don’t let the naysayers deter you. A career in the arts can pay off.

In fact, Nikon is investing in budding photographers before they even get their careers off the ground. The corporation known for its professional-grade cameras and photo equipment will be giving away scholarships worth $10,000 each to 10 current college or graduate school students.

The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship is a new program that was created as part of the brand’s 100th anniversary celebration.

“Nikon understands the dedication it takes to pursue and become successful in creative fields, and we are honored to play a role in supporting students’ achievement in academic excellence,” Kosuke Kawaura, Nikon’s director of marketing, communications and planning, said in a press release.

Students who are awarded the scholarships will be able to use the money for tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment for the 2018-2019 school year.

Apply for the Nikon Storytellers Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $10,000

Scholarships Awarded: 10

For consideration, applicants must:

  • Attend an undergraduate or graduate school program at an accredited, nonprofit college/university or vocational/technical school in the United States or Canada
  • Have completed their freshman year by fall 2018
  • Major in visual arts, fine arts, journalism, film, photography or multimedia/content creation
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a professor, teacher or academic adviser

Scholarship Deadline: March 1, 2018

From the pool of applicants, Nikon will select a group of scholarship semifinalists by March 12. Those semifinalists have until March 30 to provide a photo portfolio or video submission, along with a description of their portfolio or submission and a copy of their academic transcript.

Nikon will notify the 10 lucky scholarship winners sometime around June.

See here for more information and to apply for the Nikon Storytellers Scholarship.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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