Folk Art School Scholarships and Discounts

Vesterheim Folk Art School has a long reputation as a place that fosters community. Whether in our online or in-person programs, we strive to offer an inclusive space where people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and abilities can gather and celebrate handcraft traditions. Through story sharing, making, and learning as a community, we keep folk art alive and moving forward. The Folk Art School offers several ways to provide better financial access for all. Scholarships are supported by gifts to Vesterheim’s annual fund.

Need-based Scholarships

Our scholarship program is designed as a pay what you can model. We encourage anyone with financial need to apply. Applicants may apply for a scholarship once per year to be used toward one class.

The goals of the scholarship program are as follows:

  • To support the learning of those with professional aspirations in a particular folk-art discipline or area of study.
  • To increase the diversity of age and race in Vesterheim’s student body.
  • To offer greater opportunities to residents of the Decorah area.
  • To make our programming available to those with financial need.

For in-person classes, scholarships apply only to tuition. Students are responsible for providing their own lodging, covering any materials fees for the class, and providing their own tools.

For online classes, a kit of materials is sometimes included in the course registration fee. Scholarships will be applied to the total cost of an online course, including the kit of materials.


  • 20% tuition discount
  • 60% tuition discount
  • Full tuition scholarship

If one of these options isn’t the appropriate one, a student may request a specific percentage or dollar-amount discount on tuition and pay the remainder. If you are interested in applying for a need-based scholarship please submit this form. 

Local Waitlist Pricing Option

Vesterheim offers a 60% discount for in-person class tuition on a space-available standby basis to any legal year-round resident living within 50 miles of Vesterheim. Students will be notified about the availability of an opening in the class 21 days before the starting date of the class period. Discounts do not include materials fees. If local area residents want a guaranteed place in a class, they must pay regular class tuition. If you are interested in signing up for a class with the local waitlist option please submit this form. 

Emerging Artists Scholarship Program

To keep our class offerings accessible to young artists, Vesterheim offers Emerging Artists Scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition and tools or materials to study folk art at Vesterheim. These are only available for in-person classes. Any artist between the ages of 18-26 is eligible to apply. We will award up to $4,000 in scholarships per year (8 total for 2022 and 2023). More information and applications is available here.

Regional Educational Partnerships

In-person class tuition   for full-time enrolled Luther College students and members of the Oneota Weaver’s Guild is also discounted 60% on a space available, standby basis.

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