Scholarships

The application deadline of Monday, March 2, 2015 has passed.

A wide variety of scholarships and awards are available to UALR students with an emphasis in studio art, art education, art history, and applied design. Some scholarships are limited to specific emphasis areas or students of a particular year level, while others are open to all art emphases. Award amounts vary depending on available funds and the strength of the applicant’s accomplishments.

Awards range from $1,000 to $7,500. The Department of Art has awarded between $45,000 and $92,000 in scholarships and awards in previous years.

Eligible Students

In order to receive an Art Department Scholarship, student must be a declared art major, enrolled in art courses and be degree-seeking at UALR. For the 2015-2016 Academic Year we are awarding scholarships in all emphasis areas for all academic standings, including high school seniors and graduate students:

General Criteria Required

  • Must be a declared full- or part-time degree seeking student pursuing a degree in the Department of Art.
  • Students must be in “Good” academic standing with the university.
  • Recipients in art history must show evidence of strong academic accomplishments through two separate research papers.
  • Recipients in studio art and applied design must show evidence of strong artistic accomplishment through a visual portfolio of their own artwork.
  • Recipients in art education must show strong academic and/or strong artistic accomplishment through two separate research papers or a visual portfolio of their own artwork or a combination of one research paper and a visual portfolio.
  • Recipients shall write a formal letter of appreciation to the Donors, which shall serve as their official notice of acceptance of the scholarship. Failure to submit such a letter by the communicated deadline will result in forfeiture of the scholarship and the funds shall be awarded to another student.
  • Recipients must participate in a yearly scholarship exhibition in the University Galleries coordinated by the Gallery Director.

Use of Scholarships

Scholarships may be used for tuition and fees, books and art materials for the academic year of the award, excluding summer. The scholarships will be awarded in two installments with the first half paid into student accounts at the beginning of the fall semester and the second at the beginning of the spring semester. Students must remain eligible in order to receive the second installment.

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Selection Process

The art department scholarship committee will identify candidates based on the Recipient Qualifications and Application Materials stated below. The entire Department of Art faculty will make the final selection. If no qualified candidates are identified, funds will be retained for use in the next academic year.

Notification

The Scholarship award winners will be notified by the end of April and are required to be present at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences award ceremony in May.

Materials Required for Application

Applicants will need to supply the following materials in order to be considered for the Department of Art Scholarships for the next calendar year:

  • A completed Scholarship Application Form.
  • An unofficial college transcript. (BOSS transcript) OR an official high school transcript for first-time incoming Freshmen* applicants.
  • Examples of work pertaining to degree sought.

See below for specific requirements for Studio Art, Art Education, Applied Design or Art History

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants with incomplete applications WILL NOT be contacted for additional materials. This includes CDs with image portfolio. Please check that all materials are included and that your CD will open.

For an Art History applicant:

  • Two typed research papers, 10-15 pages of text each (5-10 pages if applying as an incoming Freshman). The first paper must be on an art history topic. The second should preferably be on an art history topic, but another humanities topic is acceptable. Include supplemental materials such as illustrations and bibliography. These pages are not included in the text. Submit as hard copy, on a CD or flash drive, or upload using the form on the online scholarship application.

For a Studio Art or Applied Design applicant (Graduate Students see requirements below):

  • A CD or hard drive containing a PowerPoint presentation of 8-10 works. Students can also upload the files via the online scholarship application. Each work may show more than one view or additional detail images. However, the number of images submitted cannot be more than 20.
  • Typed image list. The image list must be in the order of presented materials and must include the following information: artist name, title of work, medium used, size, and date of completion.

For an Art Education Applicant:

  • Two typed research papers, 10-15 pages of text each (5-10 pages if applying as an incoming Freshman). The first paper must be on an art history topic. The second should preferably be on an art history topic, but another humanities topic is acceptable. Include supplemental materials such as illustrations and bibliography. These pages are not included in the text. Submit as hard copy, on a CD or flash drive, or upload using the form on the online scholarship application.

OR

  • A CD or hard drive containing a PowerPoint presentation of 8-10 works. Students can also upload the files via the online scholarship application. Each work may show more than one view or additional detail images. However, the number of images submitted cannot be more than 20.
  • Typed image list. The image list must be in the order of presented materials and must include the following information: artist name, title of work, medium used, size, and date of completion.

For Graduate Student in Studio Art:

  • A CD or hard drive containing a PowerPoint presentation of 8-10 works. Students can also upload the files via the online scholarship application. Each work may show more than one view or additional detail images. However, the number of images submitted cannot be more than 20. Incoming graduate students may show undergraduate or post baccalaureate work. Graduate students who have finished graduate hours should show a majority of recent graduate work in the portfolio. Students who have been awarded the scholarship once must show a majority of new work (other than that shown in the portfolio for which the scholarship was awarded).
  • Typed image list. The image list must be in the order of presented materials and must include the following information: artist name, title of work, medium used, size, and date of completion.

Download the PDF of the 2015-2016 Department of Art Scholarships Application here.

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