University of Mississippi

Art Merit Scholarship & Portfolio Review

Meek Hall
SPRING VISIT DAY IS… MARCH 23, 2019 (This date can change without notice, please check the link below)
Check for up-to-date information. Spring Visit Day is listed as “JUNIOR PREVIEW DAY.”

High school seniors and transfer students are encouraged to compete for the undergraduate Art Merit Scholarship on The University of Mississippi’s Spring Visit Day (Junior Preview Day). It is a competitive scholarship based on the review of the student’s portfolio. The scholarship provides a small stipend each semester and is a great line to add to your resume. Notification of awards will be mailed in May.

Instructions for Art Merit Scholarship Application:
All students applying for the Art Merit Scholarship are required to submit the following via mail:
1. Complete the application. (Download as a PDF)
2. transcript(s)
3. Two letters of recommendation
4. In addition, please see requirements below for your specific area of interest:

Art History Students: A statement of intent (up to 1 page) and a writing sample (2-10 pages) from a course in Art History, English, History, etc.

Art Studio Students: A portfolio of artwork including a range of your best work. These may be drawings, design work, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, or other media, and your sketchbook. Every object submitted must be labeled with your name and title of work, media, and date of completion. Please bring actual artwork if you can come to Spring Visit Day in person, otherwise, mail a CD containing 20 digital images of your work.

Please follow the recommended guidelines for preparing your work to submit to the Art Merit Portfolio Review:
Preparing your portfolio.


Applying In Person:
Students are encouraged to apply in person at the Department of Art in Meek Hall on Spring Visit Day. Each student is given a 15 minute interview/review. Art Department Faculty will be available to meet the prospective students, answer questions about the program and discuss the artwork of the applicant. Please bring actual artwork. If you are unable to bring some artwork, you may bring a CD or Flash drive containing images of your work to be viewed on a departmental laptop. The department will contact you with your appointment time. If you are unable to attend the event in person, you may also apply by mail.


Applying By Mail:
You may submit your work by mail if you are unable to attend Spring Visit Day.
To ensure consideration, mailed applications must arrive by April 1st, 2018.
Send your application packet to:

Art Merit
Department of Art
The University of Mississippi
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

We will try to handle every work with extreme care; however, the works are submitted entirely at the risk of the applicant. If you want work returned, you must submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Notification of awards will be mailed in May.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the Art Merit Scholarship/Portfolio please do not hesitate to call or email!
last modified on 1/25/2017