Art & Art History

University of Mississippi

Financial Aid – Awards – Scholarships

Financial Aid

Visit the Financial Aid website for more information regarding loans, grants, and scholarships:


Art Merit Scholarship

Students planning to enter The University of Mississippi as art or art history majors may be considered for Art Merit Scholarship (in various amounts up to $3000) to be awarded for eight consecutive semesters (not including summer). Non-resident recipients will be granted a partial waiver of non-resident fees. Those students who apply for the Art Merit Scholarships are automatically considered for the Hollingsworth Scholarship. Individuals who to apply for Art Merit Scholarship should contact The Department of Art & Art History.

KAPPA PI Scholarship

Applicants must be an art major and an active member of Kappa Pi National Art Fraternity. The Kappa Pi Scholarship is awarded nationally. For additional information please contact Dr. Betty Crouther at in The Department of Art & Art History.

Mid-South Scholastic Scholarship

In cooperation with the Mid-South Art Awards (presented by the Brooks Museum in Memphis, TN)
Entering freshmen who participate in the Mid-South Art Awards at the Brooks Museum in Memphis and declare studio art or art history as his/her major at The University of Mississippi are eligible to be considered for a $500 scholarship + a partial waiver of non-resident fees (for out of state students). A faculty member from the Department of Art & Art History will meet with students the day of event and a student will be chosen through a portfolio review process juried by art and art history faculty members. For additional information please contact Associate Professor in Art, Philip Jackson at in The Department of Art & Art History or visit

Patricia S. Hopson Council Scholarship in Art Endowment

The Patricia S. Hopson Council Scholarship in Art Endowment was established in 2005 by Dr. W. Briggs Hopson, Jr. of Vicksburg, Mississippi and The University of Mississippi to honor in perpetuity Patricia S. Hopson and to provide income for scholarship assistance to deserving students majoring in Art in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Mississippi. Recipients will be full-time students who are majoring in Art in the College of Liberal Arts. (More info coming soon)

Roy Frank Finger Memorial Scholarship in Art

This scholarship fund was established in 1996 by Mr. and Mrs. Wade Finger formerly of Tupelo in memory of their son, Roy Frank Finger, who completed his MFA in printmaking in 1975 and shortly thereafter was tragically killed in an automobile accident.  The Finger memorial was created in 1975 as an award, then in 1996 the Roy Frank Finger Memorial Scholarship was started to benefit a student showing outstanding promise in the field of printmaking.

Rachel McPherson Council Scholarship Endowment Fund

This endowment was established by Rachel McPherson (BAEd 1974 at UM), a native of Monticello, Mississippi & an Academy Award-nominated producer for film and television. A freelance artist Rachel is credited with designing the official state logo for the “Way Up North in Mississippi Picnic”, an annual event started in 1981 and held in New York City’s Central Park.  A founder of the picnic, she was also instrumental in forming the New York Society for the Preservation of Mississippi Heritage.
This scholarship is designed to assist students pursuing visual arts and choral music & given to young men and women who have shown leadership potential and a desire to help others.

Sean Manning Ceramic Fund

Self-taught artist and philanthropist Richard Sean Manning, a native of Lockport, New York, is a prolific artist who works in many mediums.  He started his art career as a ceramic artist and throws up to five tons of clay each year to create ceramic art.  Over the years he has been guided by several ceramics professors including UM art professor Matt Long, where Sean’s relationship with UM originated.  His ceramic ‘9/11 Memorial Towers’ are in the permanent collection at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York. Sean Manning donates much of his work to worthy causes, which inspired him to set up his own charitable organization.

Susan Barksdale Howorth Council Scholarship Endowment

Susan Barksdale Howorth of Oxford had decided to pursue a master’s degree in art when her life was cut short. Her great interests and passions in both creating art and providing educational opportunities for others will live on through University of Mississippi students who receive scholarships in her name. This endowment has been created under the umbrella of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy (OMWC). The $100,000 fund was created by a gift from her husband, Circuit Court Judge Andrew K. Howorth of Oxford, as well as memorials from family and friends. First preference for the scholarship awards will be given to art majors.

William Robert Hollingsworth Jr. Art Scholarship Endowment

This endowment was named for William Hollingsworth, Jr., a prominent young artist in the 1930s and early ’40s whose career was cut short by his suicide in 1944. He attended the University of MS from 1928-1930, & after studying at the Art Institute of Chicago (1930-1934), Hollingsworth returned to his native Mississippi, where he produced a large number of watercolors and oil paintings, paintings shown at exhibitions throughout the country.  Inspired by French impressionist painters he also painted the Mississippi landscape, sunsets and sunrises and won numerous prizes for his painting of his hometown Jackson, MS.   Entering freshmen from the state of Mississippi who declare art or art history as his/her major are eligible to be considered for a full tuition scholarship. First preference goes to Mississippi residents who plan to study painting/drawing or sculpture, and second preference in any area of art or art history. Recipients may retain the scholarship for up to eight consecutive semesters provided they remain in good academic standing. Individuals who to apply for Art Merit Scholarship should contact The Department of Art & Art History.