Visual Arts Scholarships
Scholarship amounts for the 2020-21 academic year range from $2,000 to $6,000 per year. Applications are due Jan. 20, 2020. For first-year students, the scholarship is guaranteed through your sophomore year and is renewable for juniors and seniors, provided you maintain a 3.0 grade point average and are recommended by the faculty.
If you are selected for a Scholarship in the Visual Arts, you are required to declare an art major by the end of your sophomore year. All recipients following a studio art track will be expected to produce work for the annual Juried Student Art Exhibition and the Senior Art Exhibition in their final year of study.
To be eligible for a Scholarship in the Visual Arts:
- Be an incoming first-year or transfer student accepted for admission to Concordia
- Have at least a 3.0 grade point average
- Exhibit proficiency or intense interest in painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, ceramics, graphic design or art history
This scholarship recognizes your potential participation and leadership as a collegiate-level artist or art historian and may be added to a Presidential Scholarship, Excellence Scholarship, Music Performance, Theatre, or Speech and Debate Scholarship. Many recipients of this award will also qualify for additional financial scholarships and grants, in which case the Scholarship in the Visual Arts may become a component of a larger financial aid package.
The initial screening will be based on your scholarship application, Artist Statement responses, and a digital portfolio.
Application requirements include a resume of your artistic or art historical background (including courses taken and involvement in arts organizations), other academic activities, and responses to the included Artist Statement questions. You are also asked to submit a digital portfolio for studio art and graphic design applicants. If your interest is in art history or museum studies, we ask that you submit an essay in lieu of the portfolio.
- Apply and be accepted to Concordia for the fall semester
- Complete the Visual Arts Scholarship application online, including the Artist Statement questions.
- Upload an artistic resume.
- Submit your portfolio of up to 10 of your best pieces. Your portfolio can be uploaded as a zip file with your online application or you can provide a URL to an online portfolio. If for any reason you are not able to provide your portfolio by either of those two methods, a CD that is clearly labeled with your name can be mailed to be added to your application. Photographs of works should be labeled with your name, the piece number (1-10 in your digital portfolio), dimensions, medium, and title. Sample JPEG label: Olson, 1, 24x30”, acrylic, “Portrait.” For sculpture and ceramic, two views of one piece may be provided.
Note: Digital portfolios and writing samples will not be returned.
Studio Art – Portfolio of works in any studio medium (clay, graphite, oil paint, plaster, watercolor, original prints, etc.) or combination of media
Graphic Design – Portfolio of works in any areas of design interest (layouts, posters, illustrations, logos, Web pages, newspaper, yearbook, etc.)
Art History – In lieu of a portfolio, please submit an essay of at least 1,000 words that exemplifies your writing and research skills.
All materials should be submitted via the online application form. If for any reason you are not able to complete the process online, you may request a printed copy of the application and that can be returned to:
Scholarship in the Visual Arts Committee
Office of Admission
901 8th St. S.
Moorhead, MN 56562
Finalists will be contacted by a member of the art faculty to arrange an in-person or video-conferencing meeting.