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Art & Art History
University of Mississippi


Art & Art History Awards

Each spring we lift up the most outstanding students in all areas of the department. We are proud to present the Spring Winners each spring.


Art & Art History Scholarships for Entering Students

Art Merit Scholarshipthe thinker statue

Students planning to enter UM as art or art history majors may be considered for Art Merit Scholarships to be awarded in various amounts up to $3000 for eight consecutive semesters (not including summer). Non-resident recipients will be granted a $2,000 scholarship toward the non-resident fee per year. Those students who apply for the Art Merit Scholarships are automatically considered for the Hollingsworth Scholarship. Individuals who plan to apply for Art Merit Scholarships should contact the Department of Art & Art History and follow the directions outlined on the webpage for the Art Merit Scholarship application process.


William Robert Hollingsworth Jr. Art Scholarship EndowmentPortrait picture of William Hollingsworth

This full-tuition [~$8,700 a year]scholarship is 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 UM from 1928 to 1930, and 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 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. Read this article from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.   

Entering freshmen from the state of Mississippi who declares art or art history as a major are eligible to be considered for a full-tuition scholarship. The first preference goes to Mississippi residents who plan to study painting/drawing or sculpture, and the 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. Students who apply for the Art Merit Scholarships are automatically considered for the Hollingsworth Scholarship.  


Sean Manning standing in truckbedSean 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 work “9/11 Memorial Towers” is 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. The scholarship amount varies and is chosen by the ceramics studio faculty.


Mid-South Scholastic Scholarship

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 UM 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 on the day of the 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 Professor Philip Jackson at in the Department of Art & Art History or visit


There are also some scholarships available for incoming freshmen through the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy that are designed for art majors. Application process is explained on their website.

Rachel McPherson Council Scholarship Endowment FundRachel McPherson portrait picture

This endowment was established in 2000 by Rachel S. McPherson (BA Ed 1974 at UM), a native of Monticello, Mississippi & an Academy Award-nominated producer for film and television in New York City. A freelance artist, Rachel was instrumental in forming the New York Society for the Preservation of Mississippi Heritage. The recipient of this scholarship will be a full-time entering freshman enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and will be chosen on the basis of demonstrated academic ability and leadership potential.

Susan Barksdale Howorth Council Scholarship EndowmentSusan Howorth with her kids

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. The scholarship 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.


Art & Art History Scholarships for Current Students

KAPPA PI Scholarship

Art and art history majors at UM may become members of the Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society, which was founded in 1911 at the University of Kentucky if they meet certain academic requirements. Kappa Pi scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000 are awarded nationally from a total of $10,000 annually available for awards. Applicants must be an art major and an active member of Kappa Pi. For additional information please contact


Patricia S. Hopson Council Scholarship in Art Endowment

The Patricia S. Hopson Council Scholarship in Art 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.  The scholarship amount varies and is chosen by the faculty. For more information, please contact


Roy Frank Finger Memorial Scholarship in Art

This scholarship 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 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 (graduate or undergraduate) showing outstanding promise in the field of printmaking. The scholarship amount varies, and the recipient is chosen by the printmaking studio faculty.