Financial Aid & Scholarships

Undergraduate Incoming Freshman and Transfer Student Scholarships

The scholarship application for 2019-2020 opens December 1, 2018 and closes February 15, 2019.

As a result of the amazing gift from the Walton Family Charitable Foundation, the School of Art was  able to award over $140,000 to students last year, with that number increasing for the 2019-2020 school year. 

The School of Art offers both need-based and merit-based scholarships, both require an application completed through

Requirements of the application include:

  • Completed application
  • Submission of a five-image portfolio
  • Summary of each piece submitted, along with any additional information you would like considered
  • List of any college-level art courses taken

Students that submit an application will be automatically considered for both need-based and merit-based scholarships.

Need-based applications will be reviewed alongside students, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. Students are asked to submit the FAFSA form as early as possible, so the School of Art is able to evaluate both scholarship opportunities at one time.

For students interested in pursuing an eventual major in studio art, art education, and/or graphic design, your portfolio of 5 images should show the School of Art scholarship committee your best and most recent work. This will give the School of Arta sense of who you are as both an artist and student, your observation skills, your interests, your exploration into different mediums and ideas, and a willingness to think beyond technical skills. Works may include drawings, photographs, digital works, video, sound, painting, etc. Take your time and ask for feedback from your mentors and teachers as you submit your portfolio images.

For students interested in pursuing an eventual major and/or minor in art history, please attach a 1-5 page writing sample, preferably art historical or analytical. If an art historical or analytical writing sample is unavailable, please submit a short statement detailing your interest in art history as a subject and the particular subject/s you intend to focus on while a student at the School of Art.


  • February 15
    Scholarship applications for incoming and transfer students due.
  • April 2
    Scholarship applications for returning and current School of Art majors due.

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Fulbright College Scholarships & Fellowships

Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships & Fellowships

Students pursuing an MFA benefit from a number of possible assistantships including teaching, gallery and media area assistance as well as a working as a designer for the department. 

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are also available to students pursuing an MFA. In an effort fo foster good teaching practices, students spend their hours observing and participating in an existing course led by full-time faculty.


A limited number of competitive fellowships are also available. Inquire with the department for more information.

Other financial aid opportunities

The School of Art also offers annual summer scholarships to support student learning at prestigious institutions and organizations including Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Mount Gretna School of Art, and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Internationally, we provide financial support to MFA students studying abroad through our Art in Rome program, to one graduate student annually to attend MFA Studio Berlin, sponsored by American University, and to one MFA student annually to attend Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. Each semester, we also offer MFA Project Grants to support creative research and professional development. Additional grants to supplement graduate student travel are offered through the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.


  • February 1
    All Scholarships Deadline

Assistantships Overview

  • full tuition waiver
  • $15,000 annual stipend (amount can vary slightly)
  • 20 hours of departmental work per week required
  • renewable

Fellowships Overview

  • in-state tuition
  • $4,000 annual stipend.
  • Renewable