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2019 Art Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

Application submissions for the 2019–20 academic year will begin on Monday, October 8, 2018.

Applications are due on Friday, November 16, 2018. 

Amount offered: Up to $3,000 for two semesters; up to $6,000 for four semesters.

What prospective students must provide:

Completed Applications will include:

  1. A completed online application, including a brief essay (electronic submission),
  2. High school transcripts (mailed to the art department),
  3. Letter of Recommendation from the High school art teacher (mailed),
  4. Ten (10) digital images (photos or scans) of recent artwork created within the last two years, submitted using the department’s online form.

The general philosophy of UNK is to provide scholarships to assist entering freshman with supplemental financial resources.

These are primarily talent-based scholarships. The committee will select scholarship recipients based on applicants performance in three areas: academic status, letter of reference, and the student portfolios. The review committee will focus on student portfolios that demonstrate strong technical ability in variety of media, and above average creativity.

To be eligible, incoming freshmen recipients must have completed all application and documentation found under “How to Submit” section. 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 Office of Financial Aid site and the UNK College of Fine Arts & Humanities 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 enrolled at 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. Indicate on the form the specific Art Major they will declare at UNK. Applicants who select “Bachelor of Arts / Fine Arts in Studio” must choose at least one area of emphasis from the list on the scholarship application form.
  2. Compose a brief paragraph essay on “Why I want to study Art,” “My career goals are…in ten years, I would like to accomplish” and/or “UNK was my first choice because.” (150 words or less).
  3. Submit ten (10) portfolio images (photographs or scans of artwork) using the online application. Those works must 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. Provide their ACT or SAT score.
  5. Arrange for a letter of reference from their high school art teacher.
  6. Submit an online application, upload the ten example images, and send the essay and other required information by the February deadline.

How to Submit?

  1. Begin by reviewing the application requirements.
  2. Prepare an essay paragraph (150 words or less): “Why I want to study Art,” “My career goals are…in ten years, I would like to accomplish” and/or “UNK was my first choice because.” (150 words or less)
  3. Prepare portfolio images. The ten (10) photos or scans of the applicant student’s artwork should be saved in the JPEG format. The longest side of  each image (width or height) should be at least 600 pixels; each image should be no more than 2MB in file size.
  4. Please read our image size page if you are uncertain about how to prepare your portfolio images. Applicants who do not have access to photo editing software will find links to online Apps in the size page that resize images or re-save them in the JPEG (.jpg) format.
  5. Gather the prepared images of your recent artwork, the essay, contact information, and ACT score, before starting the form.
  6. Register for your new user profile on the welcome page of the form.
  7. Submit all parts of the application between October 8, 2018–November 16, 2018 via the scholarship application form.  The teacher recommendation can be mailed to:

University of Nebraska at Kearney
Department of Art
Attn: Scholarship Committee
UNK Fine Arts Building, Room 301
Kearney, NE 68849