Skip to main content
 

Visual Arts Incoming Freshman Scholarships

Visual Arts Scholarships Quick Information

Incoming Freshman Scholarships due February 15
Artwork PDF Instructions | FAQ’s | Review Rubric

The Visual Arts Program in the School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University is pleased to offer art scholarship opportunities for our incoming freshman students. Students who are majoring in Visual Arts and have officially applied at NKU may compete for this scholarship support. Two Visual Arts Freshman Scholarships will be awarded, each for one semester of in-state tuition. Several alternates will also be chosen.

To apply for one of these portfolio-based freshman scholarships, please fill out the NKU Visual Arts Incoming Freshman Scholarship Application through the link provided below. As part of the application, the student must upload a PDF document containing digital images of 7 pieces of artwork. Each image must be labeled as directed in the ‘Artwork PDF Instructions’ document (see above). Applicants will be judged on the quality and originality of their artwork, as well as their grade point average, letter of intent, letter of recommendation (preferably from their high school art teacher), and high school transcripts.

Once the deadline passes, the Visual Arts scholarship committee, consisting of visual arts 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 the Visual Arts Program will send a letter of notification to all qualifying applicants. Applications must be submitted by February 15 each year. Late (and/or incomplete) submissions will not be considered.

Applications must be submitted by February 15 each year. (Extended to MARCH 1 for 2021.) Late (and/or incomplete) submissions will not be considered.

Visual Arts Incoming Freshman Scholarship Application

 

Materials you will need for this application:

  1. Letter of Intent
    Please write a short essay that will serve as a letter of intent, sometimes called a “personal statement” or “statement of purpose.” The scholarship committee would like to get to know you as a person and creative individual. Please highlight some of the most important moments in your creative and academic life – those moments that will give the reviewing committee a strong sense of who you are and your commitment to visual arts. (Maximum 750 words)

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Letter of Recommendation (preferably from your high school art teacher).
    This may be submitted in one of the following formats, such as .pdf, .jpeg, or .doc5. All PDF documents must be openable and viewable in the most current version of Adobe Reader.

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

 

For questions regarding the scholarship application process,
Paige Wideman
Office: FA 413
widemanp@nku.edu | (859) 572-6061

 

Students who have participated in the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Program (GSA) and have a 3.0 or higher high school GPA and a 24 ACT / 1160 SAT or higher will receive up to a full tuition scholarship.

Students who have participated in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) and have a 3.0 or higher high school GPA and a 24 ACT / 1160 SAT or higher will receive up to a full tuition scholarship. 

Learn more about the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program

*IMPORTANT NOTE:
Any high school student selected for the Summer 2020 Governor’s Scholars Program, Governor’s School for the Arts, and/or Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs who meets the scholarship criteria at NKU, will qualify for the GSP, GSA and GSE award for Fall 2021 or future terms, even if the summer programs are not able to be held due to COVID-19.

Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for more information.
Toll-Free 1-888-225-4499

Other Institutional Scholarships can be found under the Freshman Scholarship Listing.

Complete list of Scholarships and Awards

Merit-Based Scholarships

cq-text-component-placeholder