Grants & Scholarships

Brooks Institute offers new and returning students who meet eligibility criteria the opportunity to take advantage of a number of need and merit-based grants and scholarships. Students are encouraged to apply not only for Brooks’ scholarships but also to look for outside scholarships and scholarship competitions to help finance their education.

Brooks Institute “Urban Campus” Scholarship

Each year Brooks Institute will award one “full ride” tuition scholarship of up to $81,280 to a deserving high school senior from selected local high schools. Criteria:

  • The student must be a high school senior (graduating that academic year).
  • The student will be nominated from local high schools in the City of Ventura and surrounding area (based upon merit and need). For a list of eligible high schools please contact the Financial Aid Department.  Each high school may nominate no more than three potential candidates per year by the established deadline date.
  • Nomination packet must include:
    • A current academic transcript.
    • At least two letters of recommendation: one from a school official familiar with the student’s overall school performance and community involvement (and preferably their financial need); and at least one from a teacher familiar with the student’s talent in the visual arts.
    • At least two pieces/samples of the student’s work demonstrating their talent in the areas photography, visual journalism, film, or graphic design. *Note images must be printed, videos must be on disc or flash drive.
  • The student will be selected by officials at Brooks Institute as the final award recipient for that year, based on portfolio, academic merit, and need.
  • The student must start classes full time at Brooks Institute within one year from the date of the scholarship award.

The scholarship recipient will receive $10,160 per semester, for up to eight academic semesters at Brooks Institute. To continue their eligibility for this scholarship, the student must maintain an uninterrupted enrollment as a full-time student with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher. May not be combined with other Brooks Institute scholarships or grants.

Brooks Institute High School Scholarship

Each year Brooks Institute will award a limited number of merit-based scholarships of up to $15,000 to selected high school seniors enrolled for the fall term. Criteria:

  • The student must be a high school senior (graduating that academic year).
  • The student must have a confirmed cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 at the time of the scholarship deadline (based on official transcript).
  • The student must start classes full time at Brooks Institute within one year from the date of the scholarship award.
  • To apply the student must submit a personal statement addressing why they have the “passion, vision, and excellence” that characterizes Brooks Institute. *Note there is no application form.
  • The student must also provide a letter of reference from one of their high school teachers familiar with their work.
  • The student must also provide at least two pieces/samples of their work demonstrating their talent in one of the following four program areas: photography, visual journalism, film, or graphic design. *Note images must be printed, videos must be on disc or flash drive.

Deadline to apply will be announced each year. Selected students will receive $5,000 per semester, for up to three academic semesters at Brooks Institute. To continue their eligibility for this scholarship, students must maintain an uninterrupted enrollment as full-time students and a 2.5 cumulative grade point average or higher. Brooks Institute makes available a limited amount of money each year for the High School Scholarship program. Once all funds have been exhausted, no additional awards will be made during that award period. May not be combined with other Brooks Institute scholarships or grants.

Brooks Institute Presidential Grant

Brooks Institute provides a limited number of grants to students who document exceptional financial need and demonstrate academic success. Students may apply for a Presidential Grant each academic year. Grants may range from $500 to $4,000 and will be distributed within the academic year. In order to be considered, students must:

  • Apply for all financial aid for which they may be eligible (i.e. all federal aid programs, including Parent PLUS loan for dependent students, state financial aid programs, etc.) such that their remaining financial need can be accurately determined. Independent student’s FAFSA must have current expected family contribution (EFC) number below 4,000. Students considered dependent of his/her parents for federal financial aid eligibility must be denied the Parent PLUS loan to demonstrate financial need.
  • Submit Presidential Grant application, including the Service & Leadership section.
  • Submit an essay describing their goals in their chosen field.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation documenting their academic achievement and the likelihood of success in their program.
  • Have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application for the Presidential Grant and maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout the academic year.

The scholarship committee will then consider the student’s application. Brooks Institute makes available a limited amount of money each year for such grants. Once all funds have been exhausted, no additional awards will be made during that award period. Eligibility criteria may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Department. May not be combined with other Brooks Institute scholarships or grants.

Brooks Institute Graphic Design Scholarship

Brooks Institute provides a limited number of merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 to incoming students in our Graphic Design program. To qualify, these students must:

  • Enroll in the Graphic Design Program and have demonstrated academic success with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 point scale (based upon official High School or College transcripts).
  • Submit a scholarship packet including:
    • A completed application questionnaire.
    • An unofficial copy of their high school and/or college transcripts (if official is not already on file with Brooks Institute).
    • At least two pieces/samples of the student’s work demonstrating their talent in the visual arts. *Note images must be printed, videos must be on disc or flash drive.

Students may apply for the Brooks Institute Graphic Design Scholarship at the time of enrollment. This scholarship is for up to $10,000 total: $1,250 per semester for up to eight semesters. Students do not need to reapply for the scholarship each semester. To continue eligibility for this merit-based scholarship a student must maintain uninterrupted enrollment as a full-time student and a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher while attending Brooks Institute. Brooks Institute makes available a limited amount of money each year for the Brooks Institute Graphic Design Scholarship. Once all funds have been exhausted, no additional awards will be made during that award period. Eligibility criteria may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Department. May not be combined with other Brooks Institute scholarships or grants.

Brooks Institute Film Scholarship

Brooks Institute provides a limited number of merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 to incoming students in our Film program. To qualify, these students must:

  • Enroll in the Film Program and have demonstrated academic success with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 point scale (based upon official High School or College transcripts).
  • Submit a scholarship packet including:
    • A completed application questionnaire.
    • An unofficial copy of their high school and/or college transcripts (if official is not already on file with Brooks Institute).
    • At least two pieces/samples of the student’s work demonstrating their talent in the visual arts. *Note images must be printed, videos must be on disc or flash drive.

Students may apply for the Brooks Institute Film Scholarship at the time of enrollment. This scholarship is for up to $10,000 total: $1,250 per semester for up to eight semesters. Students do not need to reapply for the scholarship each semester. To continue eligibility for this merit-based scholarship a student must maintain uninterrupted enrollment as a full-time student and a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher while attending Brooks Institute. Brooks Institute makes available a limited amount of money each year for the Brooks Institute Film Scholarship. Once all funds have been exhausted, no additional awards will be made during that award period. Eligibility criteria may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Department. May not be combined with other Brooks Institute scholarships or grants.

Brooks Institute Visual Journalism Scholarship

Brooks Institute provides a limited number of merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 to incoming students in our Visual Journalism program. To qualify, these students must:

  • Enroll in the Visual Journalism Program and have demonstrated academic success with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 point scale (based upon official High School or College transcripts).
  • Submit a scholarship packet including:
    • A completed application questionnaire.
    • An unofficial copy of their high school and/or college transcripts (if official is not already on file with Brooks Institute).
    • At least two pieces/samples of the student’s work demonstrating their talent in the visual arts. *Note images must be printed, videos must be on disc or flash drive.

Students may apply for the Brooks Institute Visual Journalism Scholarship at the time of enrollment. This scholarship is for up to $10,000 total: $1,250 per semester for up to eight semesters. Students do not need to reapply for the scholarship each semester. To continue eligibility for this merit-based scholarship a student must maintain uninterrupted enrollment as a full-time student and a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher while attending Brooks Institute. Brooks Institute makes available a limited amount of money each year for the Brooks Institute Visual Journalism Scholarship. Once all funds have been exhausted, no additional awards will be made during that award period. Eligibility criteria may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Department. May not be combined with other Brooks Institute scholarships or grants.

Brooks Institute Professional Photography Scholarship

Brooks Institute provides a limited number of merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 to incoming students in our Professional Photography program. To qualify, these students must:

  • Enroll in the Professional Photography Program and have demonstrated academic success with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 point scale (based upon official High School or College transcripts).
  • Submit a scholarship packet including:
    • A completed application questionnaire.
    • An unofficial copy of their high school and/or college transcripts (if official is not already on file with Brooks Institute).
    • At least two pieces/samples of the student’s work demonstrating their talent in the visual arts. *Note images must be printed, videos must be on disc or flash drive.

Students may apply for the Brooks Institute Professional Photography Scholarship at the time of enrollment. This scholarship is for up to $10,000 total: $1,250 per semester for up to eight semesters. Students do not need to reapply for the scholarship each semester. To continue eligibility for this merit-based scholarship a student must maintain uninterrupted enrollment as a full-time student and a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher while attending Brooks Institute. Brooks Institute makes available a limited amount of money each year for the Brooks Institute Professional Photography Scholarship. Once all funds have been exhausted, no additional awards will be made during that award period. Eligibility criteria may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Department. May not be combined with other Brooks Institute scholarships or grants.

Brooks Institute Graduate Fellowship in Fine Arts Photography

Brooks Institute provides a limited number of merit-based scholarships of varying amounts to incoming students in our Master of Fine Arts program. Students must meet all admissions requirements for the graduate program in order to be considered. Consideration will take place during the official admissions review process. The scholarship will be awarded to prospective students whose application portfolio and written material demonstrate the desire to establish a unique creative voice, an understanding of contemporary image making in a fine art context and strong potential for success in the Program. Because there are a limited number of fellowships available, students are encouraged to complete their application submission as early as possible.

Accepted students will be considered for a scholarship of up to $10,500 total: up to $1,500 per semester for up to seven semesters in the MFA program. To continue eligibility for this merit-based scholarship, a student must maintain uninterrupted enrollment as a full-time student and a 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher while attending Brooks Institute. Brooks Institute makes available a limited amount of money each year for the Brooks Institute Graduate Fellowship in Fine Arts Photography. Once all funds have been exhausted, no additional awards will be made during that award period. This grant may be combined with other Brooks Institute scholarships or grants.

Brooks Institute Graduate Fellowship in Scientific & Technological Imaging

Brooks Institute provides a limited number of merit-based scholarships of varying amounts to incoming students in our Master of Science program. Students must meet all admissions requirements for the graduate program in order to be considered. Consideration will take place during the official admissions review process, based on the quality of the application. Because there are a limited number of fellowships available, students are encouraged to complete their application submission as early as possible.

Accepted students who are members of the BioCommunications Association, American Alliance of Museums, or Range Commanders Council Optical Systems Group will be considered for a scholarship of up to $20,000 total: up to $5,000 per semester for up to four semesters in the MSSTI program. Other (non-member) accepted students will be considered for a scholarship of up to $6,000 total: up to $1,500 per semester for up to four semesters in the MSSTI program. To continue eligibility for this merit-based scholarship, a student must maintain uninterrupted enrollment as a full-time student and a 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher while attending Brooks Institute. Brooks Institute makes available a limited amount of money each year for the Brooks Institute Graduate Fellowship in Scientific & Technological Imaging. Once all funds have been exhausted, no additional awards will be made during that award period. This grant may be combined with other Brooks Institute scholarships or grants.

Brooks Institute Alumni Grant

Brooks Institute provides a limited number of grants to Brooks Institute alumni who are accepted into our masters programs. To qualify, these students must:

  • Meet all of the admissions criteria and be accepted into one of our masters programs.
  • Submit completed grant application.
  • Submit an essay describing their goals in their chosen field.
  • To continue eligibility for this grant, students must maintain uninterrupted enrollment as a full-time student and a 3.0 GPA or higher while attending Brooks Institute.

Students may apply for the Brooks Institute Alumni Grant at the time of application. This grant is for up to $3,500: $500 per semester for up to 7 semesters. Brooks Institute makes available a limited amount of money each year for the Brooks Institute Alumni Grant. Once all funds have been exhausted, no additional awards will be made during that award period. Eligibility criteria may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Department. This grant may be combined with other Brooks Institute scholarships/grants.

Brooks Institute Re-Entry Scholarship

Students who left Brooks Institute within the past 365 days and apply to re-enter in order to complete their program of study are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Criteria:

  • Student must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 at the time he/she left Brooks Institute. The student must have been separated from Brooks Institute for at least one academic semester.
  • The student must complete the scholarship application and submit a short essay stating why he/she wishes to re-enter Brooks Institute and complete his/her program of study. The essay should include how he/she has the “passion, vision, and excellence” that characterize Brooks Institute.

There is no deadline for the scholarship. Up to five Re-Entry Scholarships ($2,500 each) will be awarded for each of the three academic semesters. Students awarded the Re-Entry Scholarship will receive $2,500 for the academic semester they return to Brooks Institute. Any exceptions to the eligibility criteria listed above must be based on extenuating circumstances and be approved by the Brooks Institute President. May not be combined with other Brooks Institute scholarships or grants.

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Financial aid is available for those who qualify.