Awards and Scholarships
The School of Art offers a variety of scholarships to prospective undergraduate students. These monetary awards are merit-based and are given on a rolling basis. In order to recruit the best and brightest prospective students, the School of Art at Illinois State University works hard to identify gifted artists and provide competitive scholarship awards. Whether a high school student or transfer student, all applicants are eligible for School of Art scholarships. Studio-based scholarships are based on each applicant’s admissions portfolio.
Additionally, we offer scholarships to current art majors as well. Please look through the scholarship options below and see which ones might fit your interests.
School of Art Tuition Waivers
Students who have chosen to be art majors at Illinois State University are eligible to apply for tuition waivers. Both prospective students and current students are eligible for these awards. Tuition waivers are granted on the basis of artistic ability and performance based on a portfolio review.
School of Art Graduate Tuition Waivers
Graduate Tuition Waivers are awarded on a competitive basis by the School of Art to students who show promise for success and who have not received a fellowship or other award funding tuition costs. Tuition waivers may be applied to the cost of tuition only; the graduate student must make arrangements to pay student fees, insurance, or other educational expenses.
The Alcorn Scholarship seeks to fund a promising Ceramics student(s) to attend a 2-3 week studio workshop at one of the national recognized and competitive Arts and or Craft Institutions. The application is open to students who have completed Ceramics I, as well as Graduate at Large and Graduate level students. Preference is given to active SILICA members, maintain a 2.75 gpa, maintain a healthy work ethic and display quality studio work. Award will be valued up to $1,000.00 to cover cost of tuition and other related expenses.
Edwin Niemi Metals Scholarship
Any undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in Metals can apply for the Edwin Niemi Metals Scholarship, which grants $200 towards the defraying of tuition and student fees. Those students who can show strong artistic ability through the submission of a portfolio may apply at the School of Art Office.
Elizabeth Stein Scholarship
Any student enrolled in an Illinois State University School of Art degree program is also eligible to apply for the Elizabeth Stein Scholarship. This award grants the recipient up to $500 to be put towards tuition and fees. Further, the recipient will have his/her name added to the Elizabeth Stein Art Scholarship Plaque in the CVA building. Students who demonstrate their artistic ability through the submission of a portfolio, scholarship performance in other academic areas, and financial need can apply at the School of Art Office.
Friends of the Arts Academic Support Grants
The Friends of the Arts offer grants to support College of Fine Arts artistic projects, events, visiting artists, and student travel. Grants are available of up to $500 for an individual and up to $1,000 for a group. Learn more and find out how you can apply.
Friends of the Arts Talent Grants
Those enrolled in an Illinois State University School of Art degree program are eligible to receive an up to $200 monetary award on behalf of the Friends of the Arts. Those students who can demonstrate their scholarly performance through artistic ability in either studio practice, art history, or art education studies may submit an application as well as a portfolio and/or evidence of scholarly production to the School of Art Office.
Laura Art Scholarship
The Laura Kowalski Art Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Art. The BFA committee will select the recipient based on the overall artistic quality of the artwork.
Mary M. Packwood Scholarship
Those graduate or undergraduate Art Education majors with a minimum of 90 semester hours of work enrolled in a School of Arts degree program may apply for the Mary M. Packwood Scholarship. This award grants the recipient up to $300 to be used toward tuition and fee payment, as well as having his/her name inscribed on the Mary Packwood Scholarship Plaque. Students demonstrating outstanding performance in academic achievement, studio production, field experiences, and in written and oral communication can apply to the School of Art Office by submitting the application, a transcript, three letters of recommendation (two of which coming from Illinois State University School of Art Faculty), as well as a portfolio.
Mary R. Walker Scholarship
Undergraduates with a major concentration in Sculpture or Metals are eligible to apply for the Mary R. Walker Scholarship. This monetary award for up to $400 to be used towards paying tuition and student fees will also grant the recipient his/her name inscribed on the Mary R. Walker Scholarship Plaque. Those that demonstrate excellence in their artistic ability may apply by submitting an application and portfolio to the School of Art Office.
In academic years beginning with an even number (e.g. AY2014-15) students pursuing the BA, BS, BFA, MS, MA, or MFA degree in art (any studio discipline, art history, art education) may apply for a Mills Grant. The grant may be used for projects in the fall term, spring term or those that span the entire academic year. For more info click here.
Normal Editions Workshop Scholarship
Any undergraduate or graduate full- time art student with a concentration in printmaking is eligible to apply for the Normal Editions Workshop Scholarship. The award grants students $300 ($150 each semester dependant upon recipient's continued eligibility) to be used during the academic year to defray costs associated with academic and artistic needs. Those students who can demonstrate an outstanding artistic ability and performance in printmaking through a portfolio of their work may apply in the School of Art Office.
Robert Small Award For Writing in Art History
The Robert Small Award offers a cash prize for the best paper (seven page minimum) written at ISU on any art historical topic during the preceding calendar year. Entries are judged by a panel of three School of Art faculty members, with the winner chosen on the basis of originality, writing style, and evidence of solid research skills. Entries may be submitted to the School of Art office.
Sisters and Friends African American Student Artist Scholarship
The School of Art and Bloomington-Normal Sister Friends award scholarships each year to talented African American student artists. These awards are varying in number and amount but are typically $500 per student per year and are renewable each year. Interested students should contact the School of Art Director or Associate Driector in the School of Art office.
Stephanie Amster Design Scholarship
Any undergraduates with a concentration in Photography, Visual Communications, or Three-Dimensional Design are eligible to apply for a monetary award to be put towards payment of tuition and fees. Recipients will also have his/her name inscribed on the Stephanie Amster Design Scholarship Plaque. Students who can demonstrate their artistic ability through a portfolio of their work can apply at the School of Art Office.
The Tick Awards are given to students who participate in the Student Annual exhibition and whose work is
exceptional in their discipline area. Ten students receive $100 awards and three students receive $500 awards. The awards encompass all mediums and are determined by the juror for the exhibition and also by the Scholarship Committee.