Studio Art Scholarships

Prospective students who wish to major in studio art and apply for a merit scholarship may do so in one of two ways:

  1. by scheduling a personal portfolio review of your original artworks (not digital photographs of art works) and an interview with the studio art faculty on Monday, November 16, 2015 and Monday, February 15, 2016. These reviews are in connection with Pirate Preview events offered by the Admissions Office, which gives you an opportunity to learn about the program from the studio faculty and art students, take a tour of the art facilities, and participate in other events on campus (campus tours, class visitations, a luncheon, etc.); or
  2. by sending in a digital portfolio without a personal interview due on February 20, 2016.

We prefer the first method, because we enjoy meeting students in person!

All students intending to apply for a scholarship should contact the Administrative Assistant for The Sarofim School of Fine Arts at 512-863-1548, for more information and to schedule your review.  

Scholarship Information:

  • Scholarship Awards are renewable annually up to four years subject to annual review. If you participate in an off-campus domestic or international study program during which you are ineligible for Southwestern University financial aid, your art award is renewable for a total of eight semesters. 

  • This award is made with the requirements that you will major in studio art (B.A. or B.F.A. program), demonstrate a high level of motivation and interest in the visual arts, and make satisfactory progress toward completing the major as outlined in the course catalog. Evaluative criteria include: enrollment in at least one art course every semester (with the exception of enrollment in off-campus programs); satisfactory academic progress; and regular contributions to departmental activities (for example, attending most art lectures and demonstrations by visiting artists, art exhibition openings, and participating in student art events). Scholarship recipients must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in art classes and a 2.5 grade point average overall.

Recipients may also be eligible for additional assistance such as academic scholarships. In addition, recipients may apply for University need based aid. For more information on financial aid and scholarships, please click here or call 1-800-252-1366.

*Art History and Architecture students may be eligible for academic scholarships and are also encouraged to apply for need-based aid through the Financial Aid Office. For more information on financial aid and scholarships, please click here or call 800-252-3166.

Application Requirements:

  1. A completed Studio Art Scholarship application (hard copy for personal reviews; digital copies for digital portfolios) 
  2. A portfolio of 15 - 20 examples of your most recent work (requirements listed below;)
  3. A letter of interest with a brief statement about: why you want to be an artist, a description of the artist or artworks you admire, and your academic and artistic goals (approx. one page); and 
  4. If applicable, documentation of your College Board Advanced Placement score in Studio Art

Portfolio Requirements:

All art portfolio applications should include 15-20 examples of your best, most recent work for review.  When possible, include both two-dimensional and three-dimensional work in any medium and a minimum of five drawings.  The department prefers seeing drawings from direct observation of actual forms rather than drawings from photographs.

1) Merit Scholarship Portfolio Reviews with the faculty: For the personal portfolio reviews with the three studio faculty, bring 15-20 original art works when possible.  There are only two events per year to meet with the full studio faculty at once, so take advantage of this opportunity! If some work is too large or too fragile to bring, you may substitute digital photographs of that work.  Contact the Administrative Assistant at 512-863-1548 in The Sarofim School of Fine Arts to schedule your review.


2) To Submit A Digital Portfolio: If you are applying Without the personal review, please submit your digital portfolio that incorporates the requested four Application Requirements as ONE PDF FILE.  Contact the Administrative Assistant of The Sarofim School of Fine Arts at 512-863-1548 for the email address to submit your digital portfolio. 

Digital images should be numbered and titled in the file name with a corresponding image list to include: your name, title of piece, medium, dimensions (height x length – and depth for 3-d forms) and the year of completion. Label information may be included below each image in place of an image list.

The aesthetic quality of the portfolio itself is important.  The purpose of image editing software, if applied, should be to represent your artworks accurately and with the least distraction.  Therefore, crop the background but not the image in all 2-D works.  For 3-D works use a plain background such as the blue sky or single color backdrop.

Eligibility Requirements:

Candidates must apply for admission to Southwestern University separately. Admission to Southwestern University must be granted in order to receive an award, however, admission status is not normally determined until after the portfolio deadline. This offer is void as of May 1, 2016 if you have already accepted financial aid from another college or university.