Scholarships for Incoming Students

Incoming Freshman and Transfer Student Scholarships

To qualify you must be a new student intending to enroll as a full-time art major for the following fall. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of artistic achievement. You may also apply for academic scholarships which have different requirements and application dates through the Financial Aid Office.

Scholarship Portfolio Guidelines

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of portfolios submitted by prospective students. Your portfolio is very important and will be used by the Scholarship Committee to evaluate your potential. It should be a collection of your best original artwork. You may submit your portfolio before December 1, 2016 to be considered for the Early Bird scholarship competition or before February 3, 2017 to be considered for the general incoming student scholarship competition.

All Items in the application must be combined into a single PDF and emailed to Reduce the file size before emailing.

Your portfolio should consist of the following: 

  1. Cover letter stating educational background, status as a new freshman or transfer student, and a statement of interests and goals in art. Your cover letter shall also include the following contact information, student’s name, address, email address, and phone number.
  2. Ten examples of your best artwork. At least three of these pieces must be of drawings and at least one must be of a three-dimensional work. Each piece shall be represented on its own page, and include the following information: image number, title, medium, and size of original artwork.   

Follow the guidelines below when creating your portfolio:

  1. Use a high quality digital camera on a tripod or copy stand, and use a cable release or timer to avoid creating blurry images.
  2. Place the work on and in front of a solid neutral background, without pattern.
  3. Focus your camera and fill the frame of the viewfinder with your art.
  4. Clean up background imperfections for three-dimensional work, and crop two-dimensional work so that the image does not include the background.
  5. Small two-dimensional art is often documented by using a scanner.
  6. Large two-dimensional art is often documented by placing two lights at 45-degree angles from the artwork, and setting up a camera on a tripod between the two lights.
  7. Three-dimensional work should be photographed on a neutral background (grey and black are preferred). Show two different views of the piece. 

Early Bird Deadline: December 1, 2016

Final Deadline: February 3, 2017

Notification: After April 3, 2017

Email your scholarship application on a PDF to:

Scholarship Committee: Roberta Eichenberg, Derek Wilkinson, Mayela Cardenas