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Art & Art History

University of Mississippi

Art Merit Scholarship

The Department of Art & Art History’s 2020 Art Merit Scholarship , deadline is 5:00 p.m. (CST), February 1 2020.

  • Each year, the Department of Art & Art History offers Art Merit scholarships for art history and art studio majors, for which all high school seniors and incoming transfer students may apply.
  • Up to $3,000 in scholarships are awarded annually.
  • Out-of-state students are eligible for a partial out-of-state tuition waiver.
  • The scholarship is competitive and will be judged through a blind jury process consisting of faculty members in the Department of Art & Art History.

Instructions for Applying Online:

    • Complete the application form and your portfolio entry here.
    • Send your high school transcript (and community college transcript if applicable) to with the subject of the email to read: lastname_firstname_transcript.
    • Have two confidential letters of recommendation sent to with the subject of the email to read: lastname_firstname_recommendation.
    • Send your portfolio, as follows:
      • Art History Applicant Portfolio:
        Send a writing sample (2,000–5,000 words, not including footnotes or bibliography) from a course in Art History, English, or History as a PDF or Word document with the following naming system: lastname_firstname_essay. (for example, Smith_John_essay.docx)
      • Art Studio Applicant Portfolio:
        Send 10 samples of your best artwork. The portfolio should include a range of your best work, which may include drawings, design work, paintings, ceramics, sculptures, prints, and work in other media, as well as your sketchbook.We prefer that you submit all images as one PDF file., labeled as lastname_firstname_images.(Individual files also will be accepted, with each image labeled as: lastname_firstname_number.jpg (for example: Smith_John_1.jpg). Individual image files must not exceed 5 megabytes.)Also send a numbered Image List with titles of work, media, and dates of completion.For example:
        #1. Songs of Spring, acrylic paint, November 2019.
        #2. Sunrise Monster, charcoal, December 2019.

        If you are unable to submit a digital application, we will accept portfolios delivered to:

        Art and Art History Merit Scholarships
        Department of Art & Art History
        University of Mississippi
        P.O. Box 1848
        University, MS 38677

To ensure consideration, mailed or hand delivered applications must arrive by 5:00 p.m., February 1, 2020.

Hand delivered applications must be delivered to Meek Hall, room 116.

We will try to handle every work with extreme care; however, the works are submitted entirely at the risk of the applicant. If you would like your work returned, you must submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If you bring your portfolio in person, the portfolio must be picked up between February 20th and 25th. Notification of awards will be announced and mailed on February 25.

Resources for documenting your artwork:
Documenting your work can be an easy process that shouldn’t require a lot of fancy equipment. These resources will provide you with the tips and tools to make a stunning portfolio.

Virginia Museum of Fine Art- How to Shoot Art

Maryland Institute of Art, How to document 2d artwork.

Emerging Artist Guide