Scholarships and Awards

Freshmen Scholarships 

The John & Elva Griffin and Lon Nuell Memorial Art Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen. To apply, please download the application and portfolio requirements here. Applications and portfolios are due Monday, March 15, 2021.

Art Education Scholarship

The Hester Ray Rogers Scholarship is based on commitment to Art Education. Additional criteria are a demonstrated compassion for people, loyalty to the Department of Art and Design and the University, and demonstrated academic excellence. Art Education Scholarship Application

Art History Scholarship

The Jill Montgomery Memorial Scholarship is given to an outstanding art major also pursuing a concentration in art history. Applicants for this award must demonstrate promise with a proven academic record. Art History Scholarship Application

Outstanding Foundations Student Award

The Foundations Outstanding Student Award is given to an art major, or minor enrolled in Foundations level courses in the Department of Art and Design. In order to be eligible for consideration, students must have completed the following requirements:
1. Completion of a minimum 2 Foundations courses at MTSU with a minimum grade of B OR completion of a minimum of 3 Foundations courses, one of which must have been taken at MTSU, with a minimum grade of B.
2. The student must be currently enrolled in a Foundations level course (ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, ART 1640, or ART 1650)
Application due Spring Semester 2021. -

Application due Spring Semester 2021. - Application Deadline: March 31, 2021. Application form and portfolio submitted through the Art and Design New Student Resources D2L course. For additional assistance, questions, and to apply contact

Graphic Design Scholarships

Graphic Design Scholarships are awarded by a committee of the Graphic Design Faculty. For more information please contact your graphic design advisor. 

Studio Art Scholarships 

Arrowmont Windgate University Fellowship is a partnership scholarship with Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Awarded annually, the fellowship provides an opportunity for 1-2 current MTSU Art Majors to enroll in a one-week workshop at Arrowmont.  Each fellowship includes the one-week workshop fee, registration fee, meals & housing in dormitory style facilities, and stipend for travel and workshop expenses. Eligible students can apply by submitting a completed application form and a digital portfolio of work to the faculty selection committee. Please download the application PDF here. Next Award Cycle: February 2022.

Charles W. and Ola Belle Massey Memorial Art Scholarship is given to two Studio Art majors. Applicants for this award must demonstrate promise with a proven academic record. In addition, priority consideration is given first to Tennessee State residents from Wilson county,then to those from counties in Middle Tennessee,and finally to those from other areas of Tennessee. Additional consideration given to minority individuals, particularly Native Americans and African Americans. Scholarship Application

Department of Art and Design Scholarship for Art Majors is given to one Studio Art major at the end of the sophomore year. Scholarship Application

David G. LeDoux Scholarship is given to one Studio Art major. Scholarship Application

James S. Gibson Sculpture Scholarship is given to one junior or senior Studio Art major with an emphasis in sculpture. Applicants for this award must also demonstrate promise with a proven academic record. Special consideration given to students from Tennessee and West Virginia.  Scholarship Application

Jerry's Artarama|Nashville Art Supply Scholarship is given to one Studio Art major, awarded in the Spring Semester. Scholarship Application

MTSU Arts Outstanding Student in Art and Design is presented to one applicant each academic year and is based on the following criteria. 
  • Evidence of Excellence in the Classroom
  • GPA Reflective of Comprehensive and Major Studies Success
  • Evidence of Public Service
  • Two Letters of recommendation
  • Art and Design Major of Junior or Senior Status with 60 Completed Hours of Undergraduate Studies
The recipient becomes eligible for the the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Outstanding Student Award. Apply: Outstanding Student ApplicationApplication deadline: Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

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