Scholarships

The Bachelor of Arts in Education degree prepares students for a rewarding career teaching art in Kindergarten through twelfth grade.

The Department of Art and Design offers several talent and need-based scholarships and grants to help students offset the cost of their education. Scholarships at the University of Nebraska–Kearney may be awarded for a single year or multiple years. On this page you will find information about these scholarships and how to apply for them.

Are you a high school student or a current student?

Entering Freshmen Scholarship

APPLICATIONS OPEN
Sunday, August 1, 2021

 

DEADLINE
Monday, February 28, 2022

 

ELIBIGLE STUDENTS

High school seniors planning to attend UNK next academic year.

 

REQUIREMENTS
  • Application to UNK Art and Design
  • Essay (300 words or less)
  • Ten portfolio images
  • ACT/SAT scores
The purpose of this scholarship is to assist incoming freshmen with supplemental financial resources.

These are primarily talent-based scholarships. A faculty scholarship committee will select recipients based on the applicant’s performance in three areas: academic status, answers to two short essay questions, and the student’s portfolio. The review committee will focus on student portfolios that demonstrate an above average capacity for creative thought and a strong technical ability in a variety of media.

To be eligible, incoming freshmen recipients must have completed all application and documentation found under the “What is required?” section (see below). By Fall semester, the student must enroll and must have a declared major in Studio Art, Visual Communications, or Art Education at UNK.

Check the UNK Scholarship and Aid page for more scholarship opportunities.

 

What is awarded?

The Incoming Freshmen Art Scholarships will be awarded in the form of tuition reduction. The sum will be applied to the student’s total academic enrollment cost. Several scholarships of $3,000 or more have been awarded in the past. However, the award may not exceed tuition. Some recipients have been awarded tuition reductions that conditionally applies over two academic school years.

 

What is required?

Student must be a high school senior during the current year and must be admitted to UNK  as an Art major during the next academic year. Freshman scholarship recipients will be compared to the UNK Registrar’s information in the fall to verify eligibility. Applicants must:

  1. Apply to UNK at UNK.edu. Instructions are provided on the website.
  2. Compose two short essays (300 words or less) based on the following prompts: Please explain why you would like to attend UNK and Please explain why the Department of Art and Design should grant you a scholarship.
  3. Collect ten (10) portfolio images (photographs or scans of artwork) to upload to the online application. Those works need to have been created by the student during the previous two (2) years. The works should be selected from at least two (2) areas in these disciplines: drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, or printmaking.
  4. Complete and collect your ACT or SAT score.
  5. Submit an online application, upload the ten example images, and send the essay and other required information by the deadline.

 

How do I apply and submit my work?
  1. Once you have applied to UNK and have been admitted, you will receive credentials for MyBlue. Log in to MyBlue.
  2. At the top of the MyBlue Home Page, you will see a link to access the General Incoming Freshman Scholarship Application. Click on the link.
  3. You will be asked to sign-in using your TrueYou username and password.
  4. Once logged in to the applications section, you will find a link to the Incoming Freshman Scholarship Application.
  5. Provide the information requested within the application. You will also find text boxes for your essay submissions along with the ability to upload the images of your work.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the UNK Office of Financial Aid.

Current Student Scholarship

APPLICATIONS OPEN
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

 

DEADLINE
Monday, February 28, 2022

 

ELIBIGLE STUDENTS

Current Art and Design students and transfer students.

 

REQUIREMENTS
  • Application for Financial Aid Office
  • Application for Art and Design Dept.
  • Ten (10) portfolio images
  • Essay (300 words or less)
This scholarship is available to assist current UNK Art and Design students with supplemental financial resources.

These are primarily talent-based scholarships. A faculty scholarship committee will select recipients based on the applicant’s performance based on the student’s portfolio and essay. The review committee will focus on student portfolios that demonstrate an above average capacity for creative thought and a strong technical ability in a variety of media.

To be eligible, current students must have a declared as either a Studio, Art History, Art Education, or Visual Communication and Design major or must be a student transferring into the department. Students must complete all application and documentation found under the “How do I apply?” section.

Check the UNK Scholarship and Aid page for more scholarship opportunities.

 

What is awarded?

The Continuing Student Art Scholarships will be awarded in the form of tuition reduction. The sum will be applied to the student’s total academic enrollment cost. Several scholarships of $3,000 or more have been awarded in the past. However, the award may not exceed tuition. Some recipients have been awarded tuition reductions that conditionally applies over two academic school years.

 

What is required?

Student must be declared as either a Studio Art, Art History, Art Education, or Visual Communication and Design major for the current year and must be enrolled at UNK as an Art Major during the next academic year. Students transferring into the Department of Art and Design are also eligible.

 

How do I submit?
  1. Complete the application form for the Financial Aid Office
    • Log into your myBlue account.
    • Click the link in the box that says “Application Now Open!” to launch the scholarship manager application. You should see “FOR CURRENT UNK STUDENTS ONLY!, Continuing Student Scholarship Application:” at the top of the page.
    • Click on the “Start Application” link in the box at the right.
    • Enter the requested information in the application. You may start, save, leave, and return to the application up until the deadline.
    • Find more information about scholarships for current and transfer students at Financial Aid.
  2. Current and and transfer students must also complete the Art Department’s online scholarship form and upload their portfolio images (ten [10] images creating during the past 12 months).
    • Images must be saved in JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg) format.
    • The longest side of your images must be at least 600 pixels in either height or width (depending on orientation).
    • Each image file must be 2MB or less.
    • Students must also prepare an essay on how this scholarship will enhance their educational experience at UNK.
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