Art Scholarships


Incoming Students

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of original artwork. Incoming art majors' portfolios double as scholarship portfolios, and scholarships are offered based on excellence in artistic merit and/or academic success. The portfolio reviews allow prospective students and university art faculty members to discuss the direction of student work and evaluate applicants for scholarship purposes and program placement. Submissions of portfolio and scholarship forms are due by March 1 annually.


All applicants must submit the following materials for review:

  1. Complete application form
  2. Personal statement outlining the art activities, clubs, exhibits, awards, etc., you have participated in within the past three years and a statement addressing the following questions:
    • Why would you like to join USD's Department of Art program?
    • Describe your goals and ambitions?
  3. Current high school transcript
  4. Portfolio of artwork containing at least 15 pieces. Portfolios should demonstrate:

Creativity - artwork demonstrates a clear concept and originality

Design skills - student shows development of the composition

Craftsmanship - artwork presents skillful craftsmanship and tool control in handling the materials

Professionalism - student arranged and displayed their work in an appropriate/ professional manner

Observational skills - five drawings from life/still life that reveal value and proportional understanding


Current Students

There are several scholarships available to returning art majors. The merit awards are determined on a competitive basis and require the submission of a digital art portfolio and written statement. All full-time art majors enrolled at USD during the academic year continuing to the next academic year are eligible. Submissions of portfolio and scholarship forms are due by March 1 annually.

  1. Applicants are required to turn in the following materials for review:
  2. A digital art portfolio (10 images on a USB Drive in .JPG format). Label the USB Drive with student's name and all images on the USB Drive must be listed with artist's name, title of each piece and media and dimensions (on the scholarship form). All works must have been completed within the last year.
  3. Complete the returning student scholarship application form.
  4. A one-page, typed statement addressing:
  • What are your career objectives
  • What are your needs for the scholarship

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