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The Art Institute of California–Sunnyvale

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Sunnyvale, CA

University Website:  www.artinstitutes.edu/sunnyvale/

The Art Institutes (Ai) are a system of art colleges owned by Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH), a Pentecostal non-profit organization. At its height, The Art Institutes had greater than 50 campuses. However, as the for-profit education sector came under scrutiny, many campuses saw a marked decrease in enrollment. At least 35 schools closed in 2017-18.

In 2018, Dream Center Education Holdings reported that more Ai campuses would be closing in 2018. Up to 13 Art Institute campuses may remain open.

The schools offer master's degrees, bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and certificates in visual, creative, applied, and culinary arts.

The Art Institutes' former parent company, Education Management Corporation (EDMC), was headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In November 2014, EDMC was delisted from the NASDAQ amid financial difficulties, lawsuits, and investigations and its stock is valued at less than one cent per share.

Educational accreditation of The Art Institutes and their programs varies among campuses and programs. One of its accreditors, Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), has been criticized by a dozen states' Attorneys General for its lax standards.

Art Institutes in Colorado, Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois, and Detroit are not accredited.

In June 2016, the US Department of Education voted to end ACICS power to accredit. ACICS was stripped of its power to accredit in September.

In December 2016, nine additional Art Institutes were placed on probation by their accreditor, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Thousands of former students of the Art Institutes claim they have been deceived and misled by the schools and their recruiters and have filed claims with the US Department of Education. Art Institute students are able to file defense to repayment claims with the US Department of Education.

In 2017, Education Management Corporation reported that it had sold the existing Art Institutes to The Dream Center Foundation, a Los Angeles-based Pentecostal organization. The sale was complete in October 2017.

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The Art Institute of California–Sunnyvale College Scholarships

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Vivienne Camp Scholarship

Jewish Family and Children's Services

Up to $4,350 Varies See Details

Vivienne Camp Scholarship

Jewish Family and Children's Services

award

Up to $4,350

deadline

Varies
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Leon Bradley Scholarship

American Association of School Personnel Administrators

$3,500 May 31, 2020 See Details

Leon Bradley Scholarship

American Association of School Personnel Administrators

award

$3,500

deadline

May 31, 2020
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Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship

Asian Pacific Fund

$2,500 April 03, 2020 See Details

Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship

Asian Pacific Fund

award

$2,500

deadline

April 03, 2020
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Thomas M. Stetson Scholarship

American Ground Water Trust

$2,000 June 01, 2020 See Details

Thomas M. Stetson Scholarship

American Ground Water Trust

award

$2,000

deadline

June 01, 2020
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Iris and Roger (Spike) Wilkins Scholarship

Ventura County Community Foundation

$2,000 January 26, 2026 See Details

Iris and Roger (Spike) Wilkins Scholarship

Ventura County Community Foundation

award

$2,000

deadline

January 26, 2026
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Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship

Calaveras Big Trees Association

$1,500 April 15, 2020 See Details

Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship

Calaveras Big Trees Association

award

$1,500

deadline

April 15, 2020
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Western Undergraduate Exchange Program

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

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Western Undergraduate Exchange Program

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

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deadline

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Intel PhD Fellowship Program

Intel Foundation

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Intel PhD Fellowship Program

Intel Foundation

award

Varies

deadline

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Arkansas Health Education Grant Program

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Varies Varies See Details

Arkansas Health Education Grant Program

Arkansas Department of Higher Education

award

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deadline

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