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Art Scholarships

Incoming freshmen interested in pursuing an art major or minor can apply for partial tuition scholarships.

The R. Joy Stewart Scholarship Fund awards partial tuition scholarships ranging from $500 to $2500. Donald Stewart established the fund in honor of his sister, R. Joy Stewart, who served as director of the Art Department for 35 years. Additional scholarships are available from the Dworski, Fink, or Brooke Funds.

Scholarship Requirements

To receive a scholarship, a student must major or minor in art. The Art Department will renew the scholarship award automatically each subsequent year, provided the student continues to perform excellently in art classes. The Art Department may also increase a student’s scholarship award every semester based on the student’s level of achievement and dedication to the department.

Application Process

Scholarship applications and associated materials should be mailed to the Art Department:

Attn: Barbara Bushey
Hillsdale College
33 E College St.
Hillsdale, MI 49242

A complete application consists of the Art Scholarship Application and the following materials:

Download Art Scholarship Application


The portfolio should be submitted as a CD with digital images representing 12-20 of the student’s best pieces of artwork from his or her high school years. The department accepts both two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces. Submitted CDs will be kept by the Art Department. Additionally, professors recommend that scholarship applicants schedule a campus visit and bring a personal portfolio, so an art professor may review their artwork in its physical form.

Personal Statement

The personal statement should briefly answer the following questions:

  • What art courses have you taken?
  • What artistic medium do you prefer?
  • Who are some of your favorite artists?
  • What artistic projects have you pursued outside of school?

Letter of Recommendation

The letter of recommendation should be from an adult (e.g. teacher, parent, artist-acquaintance) who can comment on the student’s artistic abilities and dedication.

Art scholarship applications must be received by March 1st.

Decisions of awards are usually made by April 1st. Students who receive scholarship offers from the department will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid.

Contact Information

For more information about art scholarships, please contact Professor Barbara Bushey at (517) 607-2540 or [email protected].

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