Scholarship amounts for the 2018-19 academic year range from $2,000-$6,000 per year. Applications were due Jan. 14. 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 Distinction Award, Faculty Scholarship, Excellence Scholarship, Music Performance, Theatre or Forensics 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, letters of recommendation and a digital portfolio.

Application Process

Application requirements include two letters of recommendation, a resume of your artistic or art historical background (including courses taken and involvement in arts organizations), other academic activities and a short essay. 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.

  1. Apply and be accepted to Concordia for the fall semester
  2. Complete the Visual Arts Scholarship application online, including the Artist Statement questions.
  3. Upload an artistic resume.
  4. 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.
  5. Provide names and email or postal addresses for two references from art professionals or art teachers. Those writing recommendations should evaluate your artistic accomplishments, general abilities in the arts, writing skills, character and potential. We will email the recommendation form to the people you list on your application.  If for any reason they are not able to submit the recommendation to us electronically, the recommendation should be sent to us in confidential, sealed envelopes.

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
Concordia College
901 8th St. S.
Moorhead, MN 56562


Finalists will be invited to campus for an interview to discuss their art and goals with members of the art faculty, tour studios and visit local museums. Time will also be provided to meet with faculty in other academic disciplines. Finalists will also have the option to stay on campus with current Concordia students. Scholarship in the Visual Arts recipients will be selected following their on-campus participation.


Brandon Wente

Associate Director of Admission Admission