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.
Materials you will need for this application:
All PDF documents must be openable and viewable in the most current version of Adobe Reader.
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.
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.