The School of Art provides several scholarships to its own students to help cover your tuition at Ball State. We offer awards to both incoming freshmen as well as upperclassmen, largely based on merits such as your portfolio of artwork, academic ability, and leadership potential.

Freshman Scholarships

February 1, 2023

Priority Deadline

Scholarship materials must be submitted by this date to receive full consideration. Submit scholarship materials here.

The School of Art awards scholarships to incoming freshmen art majors in recognition of outstanding talent, leadership, and academic achievement. A committee selects award recipients based on their:


10-15 works of art must be included. Refer to scholarship portfolio guidelines on how to submit materials


Complete three questions about your personal experience in art. More information can be found regarding the Statement of Experience Form by logging into your status portal page.

Submit Materials

The College of Fine Arts awards a limited number of performance-based scholarships for students with strong academics and outstanding talent (portfolio of artwork).

Indiana residents will receive $4,000 a year for a four- year total of $16,000. Out-of-state residents will receive $2,000 a year for a four-year total of $8,000. These scholarships can be combined with any admission academic awards.

Scholarships will be renewed for up to four-years provided the student maintains a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Recipients must enroll in on-campus classes as full-time, degree-seeking students.

The School of Art awards a limited number of four-year performance scholarships to incoming freshmen in recognition of outstanding talent, leadership, and academic record.

Recipients of the Fine Art Scholarships will receive $1,000 a year to apply to educational expenses at the university.

This scholarship is renewable for a total of eight semesters provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The School of Art awards a number of one-year scholarships to incoming freshmen.

The Outstanding Freshman Scholarships are one-year (non-renewable) amounting up to a maximum of $1,000. Half of each scholarship will be applied per semester to educational expenses at the university in a given academic year.

When applying to the university you may also be eligible for academic awards. Ball State offers many scholarships and awards that outstanding high school students will want to explore. These include the Presidential Scholarship, Ball State Scholars Award, Distinction Scholarship, Whitinger Scholarship, and more!


Students must be currently enrolled fulltime as a major in the School of Art and must have a minimum:

  • 12 credit hours
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA

The scholarship application is composed of the following components:

  • Scholarship Application Cover Sheet
  • Essay
  • Portfolio of creative and/or academic work
  • GPA

Scholarship Application for Currently Enrolled Students

Scholarship applications are updated in the spring, please refer to the actual application for deadline.

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