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The School of Art is dedicated to helping students explore all financial scholarship opportunities the school offers in support of their art education.

The scholarship application for 2021-2022 opens September 8, 2020 and closes February 15, 2021.

As a result of the amazing gift from the Walton Family Charitable Foundation, the School of Art will award $500,000 to undergraduate students during the 2021-2022 year and for future years.

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

At least 50% of annual art undergraduate scholarship funding will be awarded to students with diverse backgrounds, belonging to diverse groups, and/or engaging in justice, equity, access, diversity, and inclusion efforts. Aspects of diversity that may be considered include, but are not limited to, membership in an underrepresented ethnic or minority group, being an underrepresented student with a demonstrated interest in a particular field of study, being from an underrepresented county of the state, an underrepresented state or country, status as a first-generation college student, or is a student with a disability.  However, no single factor shall be determinative.

 Each application will be considered on an individual basis, taking into account the applicant’s potential contribution to academic excellence and a diverse educational environment at the University.

 School of Art Renewable Scholarship recipients are awarded $3,000/year for up to four years, resulting in $12,000 total.

 School of Art Non-Renewable Scholarship recipients are awarded between $1,000-$5,000 for one year. It is possible for a student to receive both a Renewable and Non-Renewable Scholarship from the School of Art.

 Requirements of the application include:

  •  Completed application
  •  Submission of a 1-10 image portfolio and/or 2-3 page writing sample (if Art History
  •  For Portfolio: 1-10 images of works created in the last year. These can be 2-D, 3-D, or 4-D media ranging in graphic design, drawing, painting, photography, performance, video, sound, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and interdisciplinary media.
  •  For Writing Sample: Please share a 2-3 page writing sample describing your favorite artwork, artist, movement, or interest in studying the field of Art History. Please share a 2-3 page writing sample describing your interest in Art Education as a field of study, along with events and/or experiences that have led to this academic interest for you.
  •  List of any college-level, AP/IB, or upper-level art courses taken
  •  One-page diversity statement: How will you promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Arkansas and School of Art? Are there organizations, events, or personal events, that have expanded your role or thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion? Tell us your story.
  •  One-page artist’s statement: What interests you about studying art at the university level? Why do you think the UA School of Art is the best choice for your academic pursuits? What are your goals for your art practice and program at the UA School of Art?
  •  Optional statement: Is there anything else you would like to share with the SOA Scholarship Review Board? Ex. What things do you do outside of school? Do you have a job, volunteer at a local organization, play a sport or participate in a music group, etc.?

Students that submit an application will be automatically considered for renewable and non-renewable School of Art scholarships.

School of Art scholarship 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 review this information if granted access by the applicant.

 The School of Art strongly recommends that all students apply for general University of Arkansas scholarships, as well as funding through outside programs, to better fund their education. For incoming students, they should apply for UA Scholarships by the December 1st, 2021, priority deadline. To read more about opportunities, please visit the University of Arkansas Scholarship Office and Financial Aid Office.

 Other recommended Arkansas Art scholarship awards to research include: Historic Cane Hill Arkansas Young Artist’s Exhibition, Arkansas Young Artist Association (AYAA), and the Thea Foundation.

Students need to submit a portfolio of five images to show the School of Art scholarship committee your best and most recent work.

This will give the School of Art a 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.

Take your time and ask for feedback from your mentors and teachers as you submit your portfolio images.

Examples of works that may be included:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawings/Painting
  • Digital Works
  • Photographs
  • Sculpture
  • Sound
  • Video

Students need to submit 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.

The scholarship application for 2020-2021 opens March 1, 2020 and closes April 1, 2020.

As a result of the amazing gift from the Walton Family Charitable Foundation, the School of Art was able to award over $200,000 to students last year, with that number increasing for the 2020-2021 school year.

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

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

To be considered for merit-based scholarships, students are required to present a portfolio appropriate to their degree path and level.

Please review the portfolio requirements within appropriate to your degree path and academic level.

  • Sophomores: recent ARHS paper, written in the previous 12 months
  • Juniors: recent ARHS paper, written in the previous 12 months
  • Seniors: recent ARHS paper, written in the previous 12 months, and a professional or academic resume 
  • Sophomores: five examples of recent studio work
  • Juniors: ten examples of recent studio work and professional resume
  • Seniors: ten examples of recent studio work and professional resume 
  • Sophomores: five examples of recent design work
  • Juniors: ten examples of recent design work, professional resume, statement addressing how design operates in culture
  • Seniors: ten examples of recent design work, professional resume, statement addressing how design operates in culture and how that impacts your goals for the future
  • Sophomores: five examples of recent studio work
  • Juniors: ten examples of recent studio work and professional resume
  • Seniors: ten examples of recent studio work, professional resume, artist statement

The School of Art encourages students to explore summer programs and funding support to continue and broaden their art education.

There are several opportunities for summer study abroad programs,  competitive summer workshops and residencies.

Each opportunity has a specific application dates and requirements. Students will need to apply through U of A Study Abroad and/or slideroom for School of Art scholarships.

The summer provides incredible opportunities for students to study abroad. Scholarships are available to support studying abroad. Information will be coming soon on the programs available. 

Independent study abroad scholarships are available for School of Art students. More information on how to apply to come!

The School of Art has multiple partnerships with organizations who offer summer workshops and residency programs.

Students are encouraged to review opportunities and apply on slideroom. School of Art faculty will award the workshops and residency programs offered.

  • 2020 Opportunities:
    • Anderson Ranch
    • Anderson Ranch Arts Center Painting Workshop
    • Arrowmont
    • Community Based Art Education Internship
    • MFA Studio Berlin
    • Mt. Gretna School of Art
    • Oxbow
    • Penland School of Crafts
    • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
    • Watershed

The School of Art receives multiple workshop and residency programs opportunities for students to apply.

Students are encouraged to review opportunities and apply on slideroom. School of Art faculty will select top candidates for the external opportunity, then students will apply directly to the summer program. Students must receive acceptance from the external program to attend.

  • 2020 Opportunities:
    • Chautauqua Institute Visual Arts Program
    • Frogman's Print Workshops
    • New York Studio School
    • Oxbow
    • Red Lodge Advanced Student Project Network
    • Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
    • VCUarts Summer Studio
    • Vermont Studio Center
    • Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art


All accepted M.F.A.’s receive a full Graduate Assistantship which includes a full tuition waiver and an annual stipend of $15,000, and a Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $4,000 per year, for a total package of $19,000 of support.

Both of these awards are renewable for up to three years, contingent on making satisfactory academic progress and fulfillment of assistantship duties. Graduate Assistant duties consist of 20 hours of work per week in the School of Art. Duties are assigned by the School of Art, based on the needs of the School and taking into consideration the student’s interests, experience, and expertise. Examples of Graduate Assistant duties include teaching support, teaching, gallery, and media area assistance, directing sUgAR, the student-run gallery, and coordinating the Visiting Artist Program.

Many of our grad students teach or TA as part of their Graduate Assistantship duties. Interested M.F.A.’s generally begin as TA’s for our innovative Foundations Program.

Subsequent opportunities include being instructor of record for Foundations sections or for courses in the grad student’s primary media area. In an effort to foster good teaching practices, as an initial assignment students spend their hours observing and participating in an existing course led by full-time faculty. These assistantships offer every student a way to become actively involved in the education of our undergraduate students. 

The School of Art awards $1,000 M.F.A. Project Grants each spring and fall semester, to support creative research and professional development.

Numerous travel grants are provided to our students to attend summer opportunities including the UA Art in Rome program, M.F.A. Studio Berlin program sponsored by American University, the Vermont Studio Center residencies, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Chautauqua Institute Visual Arts Program, the New York Studio School, and Mount Gretna School of Art.

Graduate Students interested in a longer-term study abroad experience may apply for a $15,000 Fulbright College-sponsored Sturgis International Fellowship, which supports travel for periods of four months or longer. Graduate students in Ceramics can participate in a one semester exchange program with Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan.

Additional grants of $750 to support graduate student travel to present their work are offered through the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.



Undergraduate Info


  •  February 15, 2021
    Scholarship Deadling for Incoming Students

More Information

Fulbright College Scholarships & Fellowships

Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid

Graduate Info


  • January 15
    All Scholarships Deadline

Graduate Assistantships Overview

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

Graduate Fellowships Overview

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