The School of Art provides several scholarships to its own students to help cover your tuition at Ball State. We offer awards to both incoming freshmen as well as upperclassmen, largely based on merits such as your portfolio of artwork, academic ability, and leadership potential.

Freshman Scholarships

March 1, 2018

Priority Deadline

Scholarship materials must be emailed by this date to receive full consideration. Submit any admission or scholarship materials to artportfolio@bsu.edu.

We offer art scholarships to first-time freshmen entering in the fall semester and have been admitted to Ball State. A committee selects award recipients based on their:

Students must pursue a major within the School of Art. Four-year scholarships require an overall high school GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Download Application Form (PDF)

We recommend that you apply to Ball State in the fall, and submit art admission and scholarship materials in the spring (beginning in January).

The College of Fine Arts awards a limited number of performance-based Presidential Scholarships for students with strong academics and outstanding talent (portfolio of artwork).

Indiana residents will receive $6,000 a year for a four- year total of $24,000. Out-of-state students will receive $14,000 a year for a four-year total of $56,000.

The Presidential Scholarship is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The School of Art awards a limited number of four-year performance scholarships to incoming freshmen in recognition of outstanding talent, leadership, and academic record.

Recipients of the Fine Art Scholarships will receive $1,000 a year to apply to educational expenses at the university.

This scholarship is renewable for a total of eight semesters provided the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The School of Art awards a number of one-year scholarships to incoming freshmen.

The Outstanding Freshman Scholarships are one-year (non-renewable) amounting up to a maximum of $1,000. Half of each scholarship will be applied per semester to educational expenses at the university in a given academic year.

These awards allow qualified out-of-state minority students to pay the in-state tuition rate (does not include room and board, university technology fee, residence hall technology fee, coursed-based fees, or Health Center fee).

The award is available for a total of eight semesters provided the student maintains a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Qualifications for eligibility are:

  • legal residence outside Indiana (out-of-state status)
  • minimum high school GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • rank in top 50 percent of high school graduating class
  • completion of college preparatory curriculum
  • first-time freshman in the fall semester

Art majors who are currently enrolled at Ball State are eligible to apply for scholarship money each year. To be eligible for, you must be currently enrolled as an art major and have both a minimum:

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • 3.5 GPA in your art major

We review applications on the basis of:

  • portfolio of work
  • essay
  • resume
  • academic record

Scholarship applications are updated yearly and made available in April both online as well as at our Open House Portfolio Review. Award winners are notified in June.

Available Scholarships

The Ruth Swain Scholarship is awarded yearly to outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior art majors.

The Roberta Law Scholarship is awarded yearly to outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior art education majors.

The Thomas M. Spoerner Art Scholarship is awarded yearly to an outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior art major.

The Stephen B. Oberrich Memorial Art Scholarship is awarded yearly to outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior art majors.

The Mary Margaret Manifold Scholarship is awarded yearly to outstanding junior or senior art education majors.

The Dorthea Stock Scholarship is awarded yearly to an outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior art major.

The Psi Iota Chi Scholarship is awarded every other year to an outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior art major.

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