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Art and Design Diversity Scholarships

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Diversity Scholarships due February 15

Artwork PDF Instructions | FAQ’s | Review Rubric
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Art and Design is proud to announce two new diversity scholarships for incoming students.

Diversity in Art and Design Scholarship

To encourage diversity and inclusion in Art and Design. This award defines diversity in broad terms (ethnicity, race, gender identity, age, abilities, or socio- economic status).

Art and Design Diversity Scholarship in memory of Craig Haskins

To encourage diversity and inclusion in Art and Design. Open to incoming freshman, international or transfer students.

Craig Haskins was an African American student that made a large impact on the Art and Design Program. He was an exceptional student that was kind and diligent in his studies. Craig showed great courage in pursuing his degree at NKU while battling several health conditions. Many students and faculty did not know of his health issues as he focused on a strong work ethic, not letting his health stand in the way of his studies. Craig’s father brought him to campus in a wheelchair so he could turn in his final art and design projects the day before his passing. This scholarship serves as a memorial to Craig’s life and his creative pursuits.


Diversity Scholarship Details

Students who are majoring in Art and Design that have officially applied at NKU and meet this scholarship criteria may compete for this scholarship support. Students may apply for either or both scholarships. As the application is the same for both, you will need to specify for which you are applying where asked within it.

  • Applications must be submitted by February 15 each year. Late (and/or incomplete) submissions will not be considered.
  • Complete and submit the online NKU application and corresponding fee for admission.
  • The amount of the award varies and is determined by available funds.
  • The duration of the award is one academic year.

Once the deadline passes, the Art and Design scholarship committee, consisting of art and design faculty, 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 the qualifications, along with an explanation of why. After the committee determines the scholarship recipient(s), the Program Head of Art and Design will send a letter of notification to all qualifying applicants. 

Please click on the magenta button below to begin your application.

Materials you will need for this application:

  1. Short Essay on Success
    Think of your definition of success in the arts. In the space provided below, answer the following question: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it mean for you to consider your life within the arts successful? (Maximum 250 words)

  2. Short Essay on Diversity
    NKU believes that a diverse student body enhances the quality of the living and learning environment. In the space provided below, please describe how your life experiences and aspects of your identity define who you are, influence your academic pursuits and inform your creative process. (Maximum 500 words)

  3. Transcript
    Your high school unofficial transcript. Before uploading, save it as a single document in a PDF.
    Label it as follows: your last name_your first name_transcript

  4. Your Artwork
    Before uploading, save it as a single document in a PDF.
    Label it 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.

NKU Educational Diversity Scholarships

Students are also encouraged to apply for the NKU Educational Diversity Scholarship if applicable for additional scholarship award funding. The scholarship essay questions mirror one another and can be used for Visual Arts Diversity Scholarships and the NKU Educational Diversity Scholarship.

The Educational Diversity Scholarship is awarded up to full tuition.

Complete the NKU on-line freshman scholarship application to be considered for this award along with your:

  • Essay on your definition of success
  • Essay on diversity and inclusiveness

Artwork Requirements

Ten (10) to Fifteen (15) individual artworks must be submitted for scholarship consideration. 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 counts as one individual work of art. For more clarification, refer to the FAQ’s and/or contact Paige Wideman 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 15 images total in the document.

For Time-Based work, please provide

  • Please provide URL link(s) to your video(s) (YouTube or Vimeo) with a maximum of ten (10) minutes of video across the entire portfolio.
  • This video can be one clip from a single video or it can be a compilation of clips from multiple 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 images 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.