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Visual Arts Scholarships Quick Information

Incoming Freshman Scholarships due February 15

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Incoming Freshman Scholarships

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 ‘Scholarship Artwork PDF Instructions’ document. Artwork PDF Instructions
Applicants will be judged on the quality and originality of their artwork, as well as their grade point average, SAT/ACT scores, 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 4 full-time and/or tenured 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.

Visual Arts Incoming Freshman Scholarship Application

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


Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Scholarship

If you have participated in the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts you may be eligible to apply for full in-state tuition at Northern Kentucky University. Eligibility for this scholarship includes a 3.0 GPA or higher, a class rank in the top 20%, an ACT composite score of 24 or higher or an SAT score of 1160 or higher and must be a degree-seeking student.

Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program

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 deadline at
  • Submit the $40 application fee
  • Submit high school transcript(s)
  • Submit any ACT or SAT scores

Learn more about the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program

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