Studio Art Scholarships

Prospective students who wish to major in studio art and apply for a merit scholarship may schedule a personal portfolio review of your original artworks (not digital photographs of art works) and an interview with the studio art faculty on November 17, 2014, or February 16, 2015. These reviews are in connection with Pirate Preview events offered by the Admissions Office, which gives you an opportunity to participate in other events on campus (campus tours, class visitations, a luncheon, etc.).  Contact Ms. Allison Fannin in the Sarofim School of Fine Arts for more information and to schedule your review at or call (512) 863-1504.  For students who intend to submit digital portfolios without the personal review, the deadline is February 20, 2015.  


To obtain an application form for a portfolio review: Click here to download OR email Allison Fannin, Administrative Assistant for The Sarofim School of Fine Arts at or call 512-863-1504.

  • Scholarship Award amounts begin at $3,000 per year.
  • Scholarship Awards are renewable annually up to four years subject to annual review. If you participate in an off-campus domestic or international study program during which you are ineligible for Southwestern University financial aid, your art award is renewable for a total of eight semesters. 
  • This award is made with the requirement that you will major in studio art (B.A. or B.F.A. program), demonstrate a high level of motivation and interest in the visual arts, and make satisfactory progress toward completing the major as outlined in the course catalog.  Evaluative criteria include:  enrollment in at least one art course every semester (with the exception of enrollment in off-campus programs); satisfactory academic progress; and regular contributions to departmental activities (for example, attending most art lectures and demonstrations by visiting artists, art exhibition openings, and participating in student art events). Scholarship recipients must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in art classes and a 2.5 grade point average overall. 

Recipients may also be eligible for additional assistance such as academic scholarships. In addition, recipients may apply for University need based aid. For more information on financial aid and scholarships, please click here or call 1-800-252-1366.

*Art History and Architecture students may be eligible for academic scholarships and are also encouraged to apply for need-based aid through the Financial Aid Office. For more information on financial aid and scholarships, please click here or call 800-252-3166.

Application Requirements:

Please submit the following materials

  • A completed, printed hard copy of the Studio Art Scholarship application
  • A digital portfolio of your most recent work (requirements listed below)
  • Letter of interest with a brief statement about: why you want to be an artist, a description of the artists or   artworks you admire, and your academic and artistic goals (approx. 400 words).
  • If applicable, documentation of your College Board Advanced Placement score in Studio Art
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope (only if you want your application materials to be returned)

Send materials to

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts
Studio Art Scholarships
Southwestern University
PO Box 770
Georgetown, Texas 78627-0770

Portfolio Requirements

Campus merit scholarship portfolio reviews: bring original works with you

Other applications: submit digital portfolios

For the personal portfolio reviews with studio faculty, bring the original art works when possible.  If some work is too large or too fragile to bring, you may substitute digital photographs of that work. 

All art portfolio applications should include 15-20 examples of your best, most recent work for review.  When possible, include both two-dimensional and three-dimensional work in any medium and a minimum of five drawings.  The department prefers drawings from direct observation of actual forms rather than from photographs.

If you are applying without the personal reviews, submit digital images sized at 7.5 x 10 inches at 72 ppi. in JPEG format (the file extension is .jpg) presented in one of two ways: 1) mailed to us on a CD or DVD-R rom, Mac compatible along with the completed application form and letter of interest; or 2) on a photo-sharing website like Flickr so that you may send the link to Ms. Allison Fannin at along with the letter of interest in the body of the e-mail, and a completed application form as an attached Word document.  (Warning: with the second method, there can be no privacy expectations when using any web-based photo sharing sites for your images.)    With either method, each image should be numbered and titled in the file name with a corresponding image list to include: your name, title of piece, medium, dimensions (height x length - and depth for 3-d forms) and the year of completion.  Label information may be included below each image in place of an image list. 

The aesthetic quality of the portfolio itself is important.  The purpose of image editing software, if applied, should be to present the most accurate representation of your artworks with the least distraction.  Therefore, crop the background but not the image in all 2-D works.  For 3-D works use a plain background such as the blue sky or single color backdrop.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must apply for admission to Southwestern University separately. Admission to Southwestern University must be granted in order to receive an award, however, admission status is not normally determined until after the portfolio deadline. This offer is void as of May 1, 2015 if you have already accepted financial aid from another college or university.