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Department of Art Scholarships for Incoming Students

For incoming freshmen and transfer students

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.


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.

Review of Portfolios will be begin February 1st 2022 and continue till all funding is awarded.

Your portfolio should consist of the following:

  1. Cover letter. This must state your 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.


  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.

How to photograph 2D work with your phone

How to photograph 3D work with your phone

HOW TO APPLY (Incoming)


  • Attach a PDF file of slides of up to 10 artworks below. Limit 3 images per artwork – include multiple shots of the same work as needed (different angles or detail shots). No more than 30 images should be included, and only 10 actual art pieces. For 3- dimensional artworks, images of at least two views of the piece are recommended.
  • Create a slide document (PowerPoint, Google Slides, or Keynote). Add the desired number of slides (at least one slide per artwork). Add the image to the slide. Label each slide with the following information: Entry #, Name, Course, Semester, Medium, Artwork Title
  1. Meret Oppenheim, Sculpture 2, S21, Found objects with fur, Object (Luncheon in Fur)
  2. Meret Oppenheim, Sculpture 2, S21, Found objects with fur, Object (Luncheon in Fur) – details
  • Incoming applicants will need to also include their cover letter in the pdf file.
  • Save file as a pdf with compressed images (maximum file size is 25MB). Title file: Lastname_Firstname_ArtScholarship21.pdf
    • PowerPoint: File > Compress Pictures > Picture Quality: On-screen (150ppi), then File > Save As > File Format > PDF
    • Google Slides: File > Download > PDF, then open PDF and File > Reduce File Size
    • Keynote: File > Reduce File Size > Reduce a Copy, then File > Export To > PDF

The faculty take into account that documenting art may be new to some students and will not harshly judge this ability. But do your best so faculty get a good visual understanding of the work!


Patrick Martin