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Current Student Scholarships

Art & Design Scholarships Quick Information

Current Student Scholarships due February 15

Artwork PDF Instructions | FAQ’s | Review Rubric
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The Art & Design Program in the School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University is pleased to offer scholarships for students majoring in art and design. Students may apply yearly for scholarship support.

Applicants will be judged on the merits of their artwork, as well as their overall grade point average, participation in visual arts courses, and overall artistic development. All scholarships in the Art & Design Program are awarded on a competitive basis.

Once the deadline passes, the Art & Design faculty, representing all areas of our program, will review each qualifying application (see Review Rubric above). Immediate notification will be sent from the chair of the scholarship committee to those that did not meet all of the qualifications, along with an explanation of why. After the faculty determines the scholarship recipients and award amounts, along with alternates, the Art & Design Program Head will send a letter of notification to all qualifying applicants. Those awarded scholarships will have to sign and return their letter of acceptance by the predetermined deadline.



  • Applicants must be able to be a full-time student and must maintain a 3.0 grade point average at the university to receive and retain the scholarship.
  • Part-time students may apply for scholarship support, but must be a full-time student in the scholarship award year.
  • Previous scholarship winners may re-apply for scholarship support each year.
  • Artwork must have been completed within the past year. Applicants will be disqualified if resubmitting work from their previous applications.
  • Late (and/or incomplete) submissions will not be considered.

Applications must be submitted by February 15 each year.


Digital Submission Guidelines

Each applicant must submit an online application through the one of the two links provided below. As part of the application, each student must:

1) Answer a series of essay questions

2) Upload their unofficial NKU transcript as a PDF document 

3) Upload their properly labeled artwork as PDF document (see specifics below) Documents submitted incorrectly labeled and/or are in the wrong format or not openable will lead to disqualification.


Online Scholarship Application Links

These are the short essays you will be providing as part of Current Foundations Student Scholarship application:
  • What have you learned through the ARt & Design Foundations Program that qualifies you to be a scholarship recipient? (Maximum 250 words)
  • Describe in a simple artist statement how the work submitted reflects the learning objectives in the Foundations Program. (Maximum 250 words)
  • In what ways do you anticipate being involved in the arts at SOTA, NKU, and/or the tri-state region in the next year? (Maximum 250 words)
  • Explain your current strengths in the art and or design and your current creative goals. (Maximum 250 words)


These are the short essays you will be providing as part of the Sophomore, Junior & Senior Student Scholarship application:

  • Provide an artist statement related to the work submitted for review. (Maximum 250 words)
  • What are your personal goals related to art in the next year? (Maximum 250 words)
  • Explain what makes you a good candidate to receive scholarship support in the Art & Design Program. (Maximum 250 words)
  • Explain one of your biggest strengths related to your arts education. How would you utilize the resources of the NKU Art & Design Program to further develop this skill in the future? (Maximum 250 words)
  • Explain one of your biggest weaknesses related to your arts education. How would you utilize the resources of the NKU Art & Design Program to further develop this skill in the future? (Maximum 250 words)


Upload your NKU unofficial transcript.
Before uploading, save it as a single document in a PDF.
Label it as follows: your last name_your first name_transcript



Upload your properly labeled artwork as a PDF document.
Review the "Artwork PDF Instructions" at the top of the page and details below, then save all your artwork as a single document in a PDF.
Label the file as follows: your last name_your first name_artwork
* Please make sure to properly label your artwork. 

All PDF documents must be openable and viewable in the most current version of Adobe Reader.

Artwork Requirements

Seven (7) individual artworks must be submitted for scholarship consideration with a total of 14 images permitted, allowing for detail shots as needed. Work may be in a single discipline or a combination of work from 2D, 3D, and 4D areas. If a student is working in a series, each work of art he/she submits counts as one individual work of art. For more clarification, refer to the FAQ’s for assistance.

For 2-D and 3-D work, please provide

  • A minimum of one (1) full view of each individual artwork.
  • Remaining images are details of the submitted individual artworks.
  • Do not exceed the maximum of 14 images total in the document.

For Time-Based work, please provide

  • URL link to a maximum seven (7)-minute video uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo.
  • This video can be one clip from a single video or it can be a compilation of clips from up to 7 videos.
  • Each video included in the compilation counts as one work of art.
  • One (1) still from each of the selected videos must be submitted in the remaining image allotment. Please put the image in order as they will be seen in the submission.

Labeling of Artwork

Please review the "Artwork PDF Instructions" document above for proper layout. Any embellishment on this layout will result in disqualification. Each image must be labeled as follows:

Label Example
Your Full Name Joe Smith
Title of the Artwork Conversations
Medium Steel, fabric, and wood
Dimensions *(see specifics below) 31” x 24” x 12”
Completed for **(see specifics below) Completed for Art 317


Labels for "Detail" views of your artwork (or alternate views of a 3-D/Installation) should be as follows:

Label Example
Your Full Name Joe Smith
Title of the Artwork Conversations
Detail Detail


* Dimensions are required for all artworks submitted, whether photographs, digital art, drawings, etc. The committee understands that photographs and digital art can be printed or exist in multiple sizes/dimensions. In these cases, please submit the image dimensions in which the work was originally created.

Dimensions should follow this format

  • 2-Dimensional – width x height (designate if inches, feet, or centimeters, etc.)
  • 3-Dimensional – width x height x depth (designate if inches, feet, or centimeters, etc.)
  • Digital Art – width x height (designate in inches, centimeters, or pixels, etc.)
  • Time-Based work – time duration of work (hours : minutes : seconds) 00:03:00 or simply list hour, minutes, or however long your work is, such as 3 minutes.


Scholarship Details

Please be aware that having received a scholarship of any amount in the past does not guarantee that a student will receive one the next time they apply. Nor does it guarantee that if a student did receive a scholarship again that it will be for the same amount. Scholarship support includes: SOTA, Art & Design Program, Friends of Fine Arts, and the Schiff Family Photography Scholarship. The number and the kind of scholarships are determined by funds available. Several alternates will also be chosen.

As a art and design student who has achieved scholarship success, you should be available to participate in service opportunities in the Art & Design Program, School of the Arts, and/or the University, as needed during the scholarship award semester/year. These service opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Shadow Program
  • SOTA Open House
  • Art & Design Office Assistance
  • Black/Gold Days
  • Norse Days
  • Registration Day (Orientation)
  • Study Abroad Experience Sharing
  • Faculty Recruiting Visits

For questions regarding the scholarship application process, please contact:
Scholarship Committee Chair