HAS Scholarship Competition

Our annual scholarship competition highlights creativity and collaboration.

This fun, collaborative, team-building art challenge allows a select group of accepted students to showcase their creative skills in a small group while experiencing the rigor and community of the Hartford Art School first-hand.  Students are selected based on merit, portfolio review (if applicable), and following their acceptance to the University, are invited to participate in the early Spring event.

During this special day, we choose three students to receive Full Tuition Scholarship awards, two in studio and one in art history, replacing your current offer. These awards renew automatically for four years based on full-time status and grade point average. All other participants receive an additional $1,000 per year in financial aid for taking part in the challenge. 

The sections below provide a snapshot of what to expect in the scholarship competition. We encourage you to review this page to answer questions you might have regarding the competition and for other tips that might be useful.

For questions, or to cancel your registration, please email .

Please be aware that participation requires your full attendance on Saturday, March 4. You must arrive on time to Wilde Auditorium at the Harry Jack Gray Center, and allow enough time for parking and walking to our starting location, no later than 10:30 a.m. (NEW TIME due to weather related conditions) and remain through the end of the event.  Any participant arriving late will not be allowed to compete.  Please plan your time accordingly. Thank you for your cooperation!

Our challenges vary each year. Once you have arrived at the challenge, you will be assigned to a team and work collaboratively to present a solution to the challenge by creating a work of art. All materials and supplies will be provided.  

 * Reflects weather-related delay in 2023.  Usually the event begins at 8 a.m.


10-10:15 a.m.

Registration, coffee, tea and light breakfast for students and parents/guardians at Wilde Auditorium, Harry Jack Gray Center

11:15 a.m.

Welcome Message

11:45 a.m.

Students and guests separate


Students only - instructions, challenge event, Hartford Art School


Parents/guardians only - sent off campus (See suggestions below, museum passes available)

*If you are participating in the Art History challenge, the competition ends at 3 p.m., guests may want to stay on campus/nearby.

2 p.m.

Students only - Lunch

3 p.m.

Students only - Competition continued

4:15 p.m.

Presentation at Wilde Auditorium. Parents/guardians arrive back on campus by 4:05 p.m. to watch the presentations in Wilde Auditorium.

5:15 p.m.

Conclusion and closing remarks at Joseloff Gallery

5:30 p.m.

Optional HAS Facility Tour & University dormitory visit.



Find restaurants and other attractions in the area  




The Wadsworth Atheneum

600 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103  

12-5 p.m. 


The New Britain Museum of American Art 

56 Lexington St, New Britain, CT 06052  

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 



Real Art Ways

56 Arbor St, Hartford, CT 06106  

Saturdays 2-9 p.m.