The NoRA Excellence in Art Activism Scholarship

The #NoRA Excellence in Art Activism Scholarship is a one-time $5,000 scholarship awarded to a graduating High School Senior or student currently enrolled in a baccalaureate program who uses art to engage in gun violence prevention. Students must present a portfolio of art, music, writing, or other artistic endeavor and a detailed explanation of how it is used to enact social change around gun violence prevention.

#NoRA Execllence in Art Activism Judging Rubric

To Apply

Complete the form below including a digital link to your portfolio. Your portfolio should include at least 3 but no more than 10 works of visual art, poetry, short writing, songs, or films. For longer form written work, please include a 20-page portfolio or book excerpt. For longer-form musical or film compositions, please include a 20-minute excerpt.

In addition, please complete the form below and email a copy of your high school transcript, two (2) letters of recommendation, and your most current college transcript (if a current college student) by the application deadline.


Application Deadline: 11:59 PM (ET) on December 31, 2019.

We expect this to be a highly competitive scholarship, and as such we regret we are unable to consider applications for which all requested materials are not received by the application deadline.

#NoRA Excellence in Art Activism Scholarship Committee
Helen Brickfield, Newtown Action Alliance
Ben Jackson, #NoRA
Morgan James, Musician and Activist
Alyssa Milano, #NoRA
Po Murray, Newtown Action Alliance
Tara Strong, #NoRA
Bradley Theodore, Artist and Activist
Steve Yanovsky, Newtown Action Alliance



This scholarship is available to a graduating High School Senior or those enrolled in an undergraduate baccalaureate program for 2020-2021 school year only.
Must be a valid email address
High School Transcripts required via email to [email protected]. If unable to send via email, please contact same address to make alternate arrangements
Transcripts required for current college students (including most recent semester grades) via email to [email protected]. If unable to send via email, please contact same address to make alternate arrangements
If you have not been accepted into your first choice above, please indicate your second choice college here. Please note that you must be accepted and committed to an accredited college or university to receive a scholarship.
Tell us about clubs, jobs, volunteering, sports, interests, or other activities in which you enjoy. Please include how long you have been participating, and how many hours per week you spend on them.
Please provide a link to your art activism portfolio. Materials should include at least three separate but no more than ten separate works. For novels, symphonies, or other long form submissions, include 20 page or 20 minute excerpt. We regret we cannot accept physical submissions of artwork due to the distributed nature of our committee.
Essay: Tell us how you use or intend to use your art to combat gun violence (700 - 1,000 words)