Art Scholarship

Gustavus Adolphus College believes that art is an integral component of a liberal arts education. Through intensive studio art and a vigorous engagement with art history, students are encouraged to develop the creativity, knowledge, and skills necessary for perceptive, expressive interpretations of life. The Department of Art and Art History is committed to the liberal arts ideals and includes both majors and non-majors in classes and exhibits. The Art Scholarship rewards accomplishments in the visual arts and the potential for continued growth.

The scholarships, ranging from $500 - $2,000 annually, recognize students with demonstrated talent and commitment to the field of art. Renewal of the scholarship requires participation within and review by the Department of Art and Art History, including taking one course per year in the department and maintaining a 3.0 in those courses.
Candidates must submit an application for admission to Gustavus Adolphus College and complete the Gustavus Art Scholarship application. Students do not need to major within the department to qualify.

Rolling Admission applicants who are scholarship finalists will be invited to campus for a portfolio review with art faculty and students on Saturday, February 28, 2015.



Applicants for the Art Scholarship must submit these items:
- Essay
Write an essay that addresses the following:
• Please share your background, activities, training, and experience in art.
• Why do you want to pursue art in a liberal arts setting?
• What are your college and post-baccalaureate goals and interests in art?
• What do you hope to learn and how might you contribute to the art community at Gustavus?
- Recommendation Form
The recommendation form must be submitted by an instructor familiar with your talents, skills, and interests in art. Upon submission of this form, a link to the recommendation form will be sent to the instructor specified above.
- Images
CD or uploaded PDFs of 3-5 pieces of work (do not submit original works please) should also be submitted to complete your application. You will have the opportunity to showcase original works when you visit campus for Scholarship Day.
- Spring Scholarship Day for Rolling Admission applicants
All finalists will be invited to meet with faculty from the Department of Art and Art History on Saturday, February 28, 2015 for an interview and portfolio review. Rolling Admission applicants living more than 500 miles away from campus, and who are unable to attend the campus review date, may make special arrangements by contacting the Admission Office at 1-800-GUSTAVU(S)
Please indicate if you will be applying for any other merit-based scholarships at Gustavus:
These scholarships require separate applications, which are due by November 1 for Early Action applicants or by January 5 for Rolling Admission applicants. You are automatically considered for other scholarships based on your Application for Admission. To apply for scholarships online, and to learn more about all your options, go to
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