Image credit (detail): Katarzyna Bozek, Winter 2021 Scholarship Recipient



Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) is pleased to offer a need-based scholarship program. We recognize that the heart of PCNW is our community, comprised of individuals from diverse walks of life. Each year we welcome hundreds of students to our courses from a variety of backgrounds, abilities, professions, age groups, all bringing diverse interests, new perspectives, and a passion for learning the art of photography.

Scholarships are awarded on a quarterly basis. Students are welcome and encouraged to apply each quarter; it is possible to receive multiple scholarship awards over the course of your studies at PCNW. Additional details, including available opportunities, application requirements, and deadlines, are provided below. If you have any questions, e-mail the Scholarship Committee at


The Names Family Foundation Scholarship offers full tuition awards for under-served and BIPOC students who could not otherwise attend PCNW classes. The scholarship funds may be applied to one class within a quarter. This scholarship prioritizes applicants from populations not heavily represented at PCNW, and is open to students of all skill levels who are interested in exploring the photographic arts. Applications are considered on a quarterly basis.

The PCNW Scholarship offers partial tuition awards that may be applied to one class within a quarter; awards may range from 20% to 60% of per-class tuition. This scholarship is need-based and open to students of all skill levels who are interested in pursuing a career, certificate, or degree program in the photographic arts or a related profession. Priority consideration will be given to individuals enrolled in the Certificate Program. Applications are considered on a quarterly basis.

PCNW is offering need-based, full tuition scholarships to BIPOC individuals to attend our workshops. This scholarship is open to BIPOC students of all skill-levels interested in expanding their photographic skills and knowledge. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

The Youth Scholarship offers partial to full tuition awards for PCNW’s summer youth programs. This scholarship is need-based and open to youth of all skill levels. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. To receive an application e-mail


Spring 2021 Names Family & PCNW Scholarships
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for Spring 2021 with priority given to those received by February 25, 2021.

Spring 2021 Workshop Scholarships
Applications for Workshop Scholarships accepted on a rolling basis for Spring 2021.


PCNW accepts scholarship applications online. Link to the online application form is provided above in the “Upcoming Application Deadlines” section. Details specific to the Names Family Foundation and PCNW Scholarship application is available in the application form linked above and an overview is provided below. Details for the Workshop Scholarship Application are provided in the corresponding link above.

Applicants must include the following items:

1. Completed application form
2. Letter of application explaining why you are applying for a scholarship
3. One copy of your most recent W-2 or tax return
4. Copy of your most recent pay stub (if available)
5. 5-10 jpegs of your photography
6. Optional: CV, letter of reference, artist statement


» PCNW reserves the right to determine which courses are available for subsidized tuition.

» Scholarships may not be used towards any cost except tuition. Scholarships are not cash awards; they are applied as a discounted rate towards a class. As such, scholarship applicants who want to ensure that they secure a space in a particular course, regardless if they receive a scholarship towards that class, should only pay the 15% deposit for tuition; refunds will not be provided to students who pay the full tuition and are subsequently awarded a scholarship. PCNW cannot award scholarships to applicants who have paid the full tuition for a course prior to or at the time of applying for the scholarship, or prior to receiving notification regarding a scholarship award for that course.

» “Full tuition scholarship” and/or “Partial tuition scholarship” means that PCNW will subsidize up to the awarded scholarship amount for one course during the quarter for which you apply.

» Scholarships do not include materials or any required fees for the course/workshop. Students are responsible for providing their own equipment, materials, and books as required by the course.

» Students are responsible for payment of any remaining tuition balance not covered by scholarship funds in accordance with our registration and payment policies.

» Scholarship funds are valid only for the quarter they are awarded; scholarships cannot be applied towards future quarters.

» All attendance and withdrawal policies apply and no academic credit will be awarded for incomplete courses due to withdrawal. See our Education Policies for details.

» Tax returns and pay stubs will be destroyed/shredded at the start of the term and therefore must be resubmitted with each new application.