Scholarships

Scholarships and grants-in-aid are available to qualified art students. For additional information refer to the scholarship section of the bulletin or contact the Department of Art & Design.

Who Is Eligible?
Based on a variety of criteria, art scholarships are available to a number of students in art & design.  Some scholarships are designated for entering freshman and transfer students who are pursuing a bachelor's degree in art. Others are designated for current Art & Design majors. Awards will be given to the most promising and deserving students.

 How to apply for a scholarship
All applications need to be made online through the university's scholarship portal for both university scholarships and the Department of Art & Design scholarships.

  1. Incoming freshmen and transfer students must first complete the online application for admission to Murray State University.
  2. Carefully follow all online instructions on the scholarship portal. Provide all requested information (for example: ACT scores, letters of recommendation, personal statement, transcript, etc.).
  3. For an art & design scholarship you will also need a portfolio.

Portfolio guidelines for incoming freshmen and transfer students:

  • Your portfolio is a collection of your art works. The department’s Scholarship Committee will use your portfolio to evaluate your talent and potential. Your portfolio may include a variety of media - any combination of pencil, pastel, charcoal, watercolor, photo, collage, ceramics, etc. Include 10 images of your best works.
  • The work you choose should demonstrate your drawing ability, use of color, creativity, imagination, and originality. Include at least three drawings from direct observation.
  • Photograph your work carefully. If you don’t have access to a lighting studio, take your images outside in the shade. Place your artwork against gray or neutral background, such as a piece of cloth or mat board. Individual shots should be taken of each piece. Ideally, the images should be around 1800-2000 pixels on their longest side, or 1-2 MB.
  • Burn your portfolio onto a CD, or copy it to a flash drive.
    • The images should be in jpeg format and be titled with the name of the work.
    • Include a document with titles, media, dimensions, and dates for the work. If you wish to provide an explanation of any the work you can include it here. Save it as a .doc or PDF file and include it on the CD or flash drive.
    • Your images and any other documents should be in a folder on the CD or flash drive labeled with your name.

Portfolio guidelines for current students:

  • Include 10 images of your best work completed at the college level. Depending on who you are as an artist and how far you are into your degree, you may want to choose works from a variety of classes or studio areas, or you may want to focus on work from a single studio area.
  • Photograph your work carefully. See the art technician for an orientation on how to use the photo documentation lab.
  • Burn your portfolio onto a CD, or copy it to a flash drive.
    • The images should be in jpeg format and be titled with the name of the work.
    • Include a document with titles, media, dimensions, and dates for the work. If you wish to provide an explanation of any the work you can include it here. Save it as a .doc or PDF file and include it on the CD or flash drive.
    • Everything on the CD or flash drive should be in a folder with your name on it.

Mailing Your Portfolio
Mail your portfolio so it will be postmarked no later than January 15th. Package your CD or flash drive so that it will arrive intact. If you wish to have your flash drive returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Mail Department of Art Materials and Portfolio to:
Scholarship Committee
Department of Art & Design
Murray State University
604 Fine Arts Building
Murray, KY 42071-3342

Hand Delivered Portfolios
Portfolios will be received from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, in the Department of Art & Design, sixth floor, room 604, Price Doyle Fine Arts Center, before the deadline: January 15th

Financial Aid Opportunities
Financial aid is separate from the scholarship process. Information and application forms are available from the Student Financial Aid Office. Filing by January 15 will increase your chances of receiving the financial aid for which you are determined eligible.

Deadline for all scholarship applications: January 15

The scholarship site opens on October 1

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