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Scholarship Programs

Sponsored through the Salem Arts Association,

Salem Arts Scholarships are awarded each spring to students pursuing the arts either through a university program or accredited art school. We offer two scholarships, The Paula Beaulieu Art Scholarship for up to $1000 to a Salem High School senior, and the Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship for $1000 to any student graduating from a Salem school or who is a Salem Arts Association student artist member. 

Application process:

Applicants do not apply for a specific scholarship. Our Scholarship committee will review all scholarship applications and award based on eligibility and other criteria.

    • Please complete the application form and provide the required information. 
    • Editable forms are available
    • A personal artist statement and 5 images (JPGs) are required along with the scholarship application.
    • Recommendations from your teachers are acceptable but not necessary.
    • Apply online, via email, or postal service.
    • Applications Due Friday May 1, 2021

Apply Online

(Or Download the Scholarship Application Form to apply for any Salem Arts Association Scholarship)

Apply Online 

Use the button below to fill out the online form and upload images of artworks and other attachments. 

Apply via email: 

Email your completed application to Please include all required files as attachments to your email:

Apply using Mail: 

Mail your application form and examples of your artwork to: 

Salem Arts Association 

Art Scholarships

159 Derby Street

Salem MA 01970

Apply Online

(Or Download the Scholarship Application Form to apply for any Salem Arts Association Scholarship)

The Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship

Ellen Gibson Hardy (May 18, 1952 — June 18, 2017)

An artist at heart, Ellen forged a career in the Art, Graphic Design, and Publishing world. She founded her own company, Hardy House, which was a full-service Art and Design business of which she was the proprietor for over 19-years working with the likes of MIT, Harvard, Yale, and many other educational and professional organizations. During the years as president of Hardy House she began to exhibit her own artwork at galleries throughout New England and taught Graphic Arts at the Cambridge Adult Center for Education and at Phillips Academy where she also served as Director of Publications for over 14 years.

Ellen was a profound influence on the Salem artistic scene through her involvement with the Salem Public Arts Commission, the annual Salem Arts Festival, and Salem Arts Association, which she advocated heavily for. Ellen served for several years as a member and president of Salem Arts Association.

Award Purpose and Eligibility:

The Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship will award one scholarship of $1000 each spring to a senior-year student attending any Salem school (public, charter, or private), or who is a Salem Arts Association student artist member, and is pursuing visual arts education either through a university program or through an accredited art school in the fall following their graduation. Visual arts, graphic design, performing arts, music, acting, or other areas of creative expression will be considered. Ellen Hardy was a founding member and served as President of the Salem Arts Association through 2015. She was very active in contributing to the Salem Arts Associations success and was also a prolific artist and performer herself. We are honored to offer this scholarship program in her memory.

The Paula Beaulieu Art Scholarship

Paula Frances Beaulieu (May 28, 1947 — January 24, 2014)

Paula obtained her B.S. degree from Lowell State University before obtaining her M.S. in Arts & Education at Florida Atlantic University. Her career included teaching grades 2 and 5 at Pearl St. School in Reading, Mass., author of children’s educational books, counselor and educational toy developer to name a few. Most notably, Paula was an art educator, running her own business teaching people of all ages to “Connect with Their Creativity” for over 15 years. Paula was an artist throughout her life, a legacy she brought forward from her mother Rita Casey.

After growing up in Methuen, Mass., Paula resided in Hollywood, Florida and Reading, Mass. (where she raised her two sons Dan and Matt) before moving to Salem, Mass., where she spent her remaining years. “Creativity occurs in the moment, and in the moment we are timeless.”

—The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

Award Purpose and eligibility:

The Paula Beaulieu Scholarship will award $1000 each spring to a Salem High School Senior who is pursuing visual arts education either through a university program or through an art school in the fall following their graduation. All of the visual arts will be considered. Paula Beaulieu was an active artist in the Salem Arts Association and taught young and old alike through her program “Connect with Their Creativity.” Her family has chosen Salem Arts Association and Salem High School as beneficiaries of any donations made in her honor.


If you would like to contribute funds to our scholarship programs you may specify which scholarship you would like to support in your donation comments.

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