Made possible through the generosity of Mr. Louis Appell, Jr., the Anne M. and Philip H. Glatfelter, III Family Foundation, and the Powder Mill Foundation, two arts fellowships are awarded annually to recent York College graduates. Founded in 2012, the Appell Arts Fellowship is awarded to a graduate of the Fine Art or Graphic Design program. Many former Appell Fellows have since remained in York to pursue their own artwork as well as careers in arts administration.
Due to the success of the Appell Fellow program, a second fellowship was piloted in 2022 and fully launched in 2023 with support from the Powder Mill Foundation. The Powder Mill Foundation Arts Fellowship is awarded to a graduate of any arts-related program. Both fellows contribute to the growth and development of the Downtown York Arts District while refining their artistic abilities and building on other professional skills.