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Visual Arts Incoming Freshman Scholarships

Visual Arts Scholarships Quick Information

Incoming Freshman Scholarships due February 15

Artwork PDF Instructions | FAQ’s | Review Rubric
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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. Please click on the blue button below to begin your 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 as PDF. 

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. 

In order to qualify for a full tuition scholarship you must:

  • Apply for admission to NKU by February 15, 2021 at apply.nku.edu
  • Submit the $40 application fee
  • Submit high school transcript(s)
  • Submit any ACT or SAT scores
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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. 

In order to qualify for a full tuition scholarship you must:

  • Apply for admission to NKU by February 15, 2021 at apply.nku.edu
  • Submit the $40 application fee
  • Submit high school transcript(s)
  • Submit any ACT or SAT scores
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Other Institutional Scholarships can be found under the Freshman Scholarship Listing.

Complete list of Scholarships and Awards

Merit-Based Scholarships

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

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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 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 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.)

 

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