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

March 1, 2020

Priority Deadline

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

The School of Art awards scholarships to incoming freshmen in recognition of outstanding talent, leadership, and academic achievement. Applicants must complete and submit both the application for undergraduate admission to Ball State and the art program application. Applicants considering a major in art are encouraged to apply early in order to meet the deadlines for admission and scholarship. A committee selects award recipients based on their:

DIGITAL PORTFOLIO

10-15 works of art must be included.  Only one portfolio needs to be submitted.  Please do not send duplicates.  Refer to portfolio guidelines on how to submit materials

ESSAY

Form and content are important ideas in art.  We are assessing your ability to analyze art from more than one viewpoint.  This means expressing opinions or conclusions about the art, and supporting them using ideas and images you found in the artwork.  More information can be found regarding the essay by logging into your status portal page

STATEMENT OF EXPERIENCE FORM

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.

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!

SEARCH FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

Art majors who are currently enrolled at Ball State are eligible to apply for scholarship money each year. To be eligible for, you must be currently enrolled as an art major and have both a minimum:

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • 3.5 GPA in your art major

The scholarship application is composed of the following components:

  • Digital Portfolio
  • Written Materials (specific to Art Major)
  • Statement of Art Experiences
  • GPA

Scholarship Application for Currently Enrolled Students

Scholarship applications are updated in the fall and accepted in April, please refer to actual application for deadline.

Available Scholarships

The Ruth Swain Scholarship is awarded yearly to outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior art majors.

The Roberta Law Scholarship is awarded yearly to outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior art education majors.

The Thomas M. Spoerner Art Scholarship is awarded yearly to an outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior art major.

The Stephen B. Oberrich Memorial Art Scholarship is awarded yearly to outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior art majors.

The Mary Margaret Manifold Scholarship is awarded yearly to outstanding junior or senior art education majors.

The Dorthea Stock Scholarship is awarded yearly to an outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior art major.

The Psi Iota Chi Scholarship is awarded every other year to an outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior art major.

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