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Junior School Scholarships


The Glassell Junior School offers scholarships through two opportunities each year: the Portfolio Competition in March, and the Sketching Competition in April.

Portfolio Competition

2021 Digital Portfolio Competition
The Glassell Junior School offers scholarships through a digital portfolio competition to elementary, middle, and high school students. Scholarship awards are for one weekly class beginning with the fall semester in September 2021. Classes are available on weekdays after school, and also on Saturday and Sunday. Scholarship students may pick the class in their age group that best fits their schedule.

Scholarships for the 2021–22 School Year
The competition is through digital work only—real student artwork is not accepted.

  • Students may apply on Friday, March 5, 2021, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Glassell Junior School, 5101 Montrose Boulevard.
  • Good quality images of 8 to 10 pieces of original student work must be submitted on a flash drive or CD along with the application. Students should include only their best and most recent work, completed in the previous 18 months.
  • The application must accompany the flash drive or CD. Forms must be filled out completely and legibly. Incomplete applications, and those with an insufficient number of images, will not be considered. If you are a current Junior School student, please check with your instructor for any additional requirements.
  • Winners are notified by mail, by the end of April. The pickup date for flash drives and CDs is Friday, April 23, 2021.

Please do not call for names of winners. Email juniorschool@mfah.org for additional assistance.

► Download the 2021 Portfolio Competition application form to include with your submission.

Outdoor Sketching Competition

The Glassell Junior School offers scholarships for students ages 10 to 12 through a sketching competition. Scholarship awards are for one weekly class beginning with the fall semester in September 2021. Classes are available on selected weekdays after school, and also on Saturday and Sunday. Scholarship students may choose the class in their age group that best fits their schedule.

New Application Process for 2021

  • Students are invited to visit the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden or The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza at 5101 Montrose Boulevard. to sketch an object, scene, or sculpture of their choice during business hours from Friday, April 23, through Friday, April 30, 2021.
  • Parents must accompany children at all times and adhere to all posted safety protocols.
  • Participants supply their own sketching materials.
  • Qualifying sketches are pencil drawings (no colored pencils, markers, pens, etc.) on recommended paper size 11x17 inches. Students are encouraged to fill the page!
  • Submit completed sketches, along with the application, to the Junior School office during business hours April 23–30, 2021.
  • Winners are notified by mail no later than May 14, 2021.

Please do not call for names of winners. Email juniorschool@mfah.org for additional assistance.

Download the 2021 Outdoor Sketching Competition application form to include with your submission.

The Glassell Junior School scholarship program receives generous funding from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and Wells Fargo.