Studio Art Scholarship Application

The Studio Art Department at Willamette University is excited to offer the Studio Art Scholarship.

art exhibition at Willamette University

The Studio Art Scholarship is a recurring merit-based scholarship that is offered to applicants with a serious commitment to studio art and the artistic community.


Eligibility for this scholarship requires new first-year or transfer students to be admitted to Willamette University, demonstrate potential in one or more studio art mediums, declare an art major or minor, and contribute in a meaningful way to the studio art program. The scholarship is renewable for up to 8 semesters, based on annual evaluations by the faculty.

This scholarship allows us to welcome talented students into the artistic community here at the university, enhancing not only the recipient’s academic experience but the Studio Art Department as a whole.

To Apply:

Portfolio Review & Application Process

All applicants must submit a portfolio of 5-10 work samples, which can include works-in-progress. All types of artwork are acceptable. If you have video samples you would like to share, you may include 1-2 excerpts of no more than one minute in length each. Your portfolio should be formatted as a Google Drive so you can share the link in the application. Please ensure that the sharing settings allow faculty to access the folder and its contents.

After application submission, the department may offer virtual appointments for portfolio reviews. These sessions allow you to create a one-on-one connection with faculty and give you the opportunity to receive feedback on the direction of your work. Applicants will be contacted with additional details when they are available.

Requirements & Expectations for Scholarship Holders

  • It is required for scholarship recipients to declare a major or minor in studio art, to ensure ongoing and valuable participation in the Studio Art Program.
  • It will be expected that the recipient participates in Studio Art Department events for either 6 hours each semester, or 12 hours over the course of each school year. This can include installation projects before major art shows, "painting parties" to touch up the paint on gallery walls and pedestals, deep cleaning art studio spaces, and assisting faculty with organization projects.
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in studio art courses.
student art installation at Willamette University

How to Apply

Please review all instructions on this page before proceeding with the application.

Apply for a Studio Art Scholarship

Priority Submission Deadline

Early Action/Early Decision Applicants: November 19, 2023

Regular Decision Applicants: February 1, 2024


Contact Studio Art Scholarship Coordinator:

Ahna Piatt, Administrative Program Coordinator

Willamette University

Studio Art

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6738 fax

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