About the Scholarship Competition


It is the Rau For Art Foundation’s mission to promote the talent of our community’s emerging artists at the high school-level by awarding their excellence in artistic achievement. It is our hope that these students, in turn, make the arts an integral part of their adult lives and share their passion with the world.

Each year, Rau for Art awards a total of three scholarships, ranging from $1,500 to $7,500, with additional funds allotted to high school art departments for art supplies.

Before you submit you work to the Competition, be sure you FULLY READ the qualifications below and be sure that you’re eligible.


To qualify for participation in the Competition, you must meet the following Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a Sophomore, Junior or Senior in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany or St. Charles Parish (public, private, or home-school equivalent)
  • You DO NOT have to be enrolled in an art class
  • Your entry must be your original work created during your high school career
  • You can only submit ONE work to the Competition, created ONLY by you
  • You must follow the Accepted Media requirements (see below)
  • Your entry must demonstrate adherence to the competition’s theme


  • 1st Place – $7,500 (with option to study in Italy) plus $500 to your school’s art department
  • 2nd Place – $3,000
  • 3rd Place – $1,500

Only one entry is accepted per student, although there is no limit to the number of students allowed to participate from each high school.

Ten finalists will be selected. Once chosen, all finalists will be required to submit their physical work to a juried showing for continued consideration for the Scholarship.

Submission Deadline:

Friday, February 1, 2019

*Late entries will not be considered.

Submitting Your Work:

DO NOT send your actual work of art to the competition unless requested to do so in the Finalist Round.

All preliminary entries should be submitted online via our “Submit Here” page. Alternatively, finished works can also be mailed to:
Rau for Art Foundation
630 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Submit a single, high-quality color photo no larger than 8.5” x 11″ with the following information: your name, email, phone number, home address, high school, title/dimensions of your work, and a short paragraph explaining your piece.

Specifications of Entries

  • All works must be 2-dimensional.
  • The work must be no smaller than 11″ x 14″ and no larger than 24″ by 30″.
  • Paintings and drawings are accepted in the following media: oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, graphite, colored pencil, pen and ink, pastel, and charcoal.
  • Layered artwork (collage) as long as all materials used are produced by the artist.  Cannot exceed .125″ in depth. The use of already printed materials (newsprints and magazine clips, 3D objects) will not be accepted.


The Rau For Art Scholarship Competition is a privately juried competition. All acceptable entry formats will be judged equally. All decisions by jurors are final. Neither juror nor employee of the Rau For Art Foundation, nor their families, shall be eligible to enter any Rau For Art Scholarship Competition.

Judging Process:

Your entry will be judged on the following criterion:

  • Interpretation of Theme (25%)
  • Originality (25%)
  • Execution and Technical Ability (50%)

Your Rights

The Rau For Art Scholarship Competition does not infringe on artists’ copyrights. Individual artists retain all ownership rights. By submitting a completed entry form, the student artist grants permission for the Foundation to display finalist artwork on our website and/or any other promotional materials. No artists’ contact information will be given without artists’ consent.

The Rau for Art Foundation accepts no commission. The Foundation respects the rights of the artist and only promotes the advancement of the visual arts.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is there an entry fee for the competition?

Nope, the competition is free to enter! Therefore we encourage all creative high schoolers to give it a try!

2. Who will judge my work and how are the finalists selected? When will I find out if I am a finalist?

The RFA Scholarship Competition will be privately juried by a panelmade up of members of the RFA Foundation and local “personalities” who will act as guest judges. All acceptable entries will be judged equally. All decisions by jurors are final.

Notification of Finalists will begin approximately 4 weeks after the submission deadline via email with a mailed letter to follow. Finalist’s works must be delivered to our French Quarter location within two weeks of notification of Finalist status. The Scholarship Winners will be announced at the Finalist Luncheon Gala (date TBA in your letter). All Finalists who wish to be considered for the awards must be present at the Finalist Luncheon Gala to win.

3. What if my school doesn’t have art classes or an Art Department? Can I still enter?

Absolutely! Our competition is open to all students in the 10th-12th grades (or its home-school equivalent) in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and St. Charles Parishes, regardless of whether or not your school offers art classes or has an Art Department.

4. I am home-schooled. Am I still eligible to enter?

Yes, all home -schooled students who are in the 10th to 12th grade equivalent in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and St. Charles Parishes are welcome to enter.

5. If I win, how will I receive my scholarship?

All scholarships will be paid directly to the college or university you will attend. We will hold your scholarship for up to two years after your high school graduation; if you have not enrolled in a college or university by that time, your scholarship will be forfeited and the funds will be returned to the Foundation.

6. If I win, will my high school benefit?

Yes, Rau for Art aims to support both individual blossoming artist and arts education in the Greater New Orleans Area, as well. The high school art department of the first place winner will receive $500 to put towards supplies and/or programming. Furthermore, our new Teacher Assistance Fund, which is like a small grant that teachers in Orleans Parish can apply for.

7. How does my high school receive its award?

Your high school’s award will be paid directly to your school; this will be coordinated by RFA once the winners have been announced.


Please contact us at rfa@rauantiques.com with any further questions.