Scholarships

Invest in yourself.
Be the future of the art world.

Whether you’re an incoming first-year student, transfer student or a graduating senior, our art history scholarships support your goals, from day one.

“The scholarship is a key component of our educational initiative. It recognizes the hard work, commitment and excellence of Art History majors and supports their intellectual work. It is also an acknowledgement of their desire to pursue careers in art history and curatorial studies by providing financial support to further their educational pursuits” – Cheryl Finley, Ph.D., Inaugural Distinguished Visiting Director

Funding your future.

The First-Year Art History Scholarship and The Art History Scholarship provide financial assistance to students at Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College who have declared a major in Art History. Additional funding is awarded to students who also minor in the fields of Curatorial Studies, Business, Communications/Marketing, or Technology/Computer Science. Generous scholarship support is provided by the Alice L. Walton Foundation.

First-Year Art History + Art History Scholarship Application/ Award Schedule

Application Semester Award Semester Fund Distribution Semesters
Spring / Summer High School Senior Year Spring / Summer High School Senior Year Fall & Spring First Year
Spring First Year Spring / Summer First Year Fall & Spring  Sophomore Year
Spring Sophomore Year Spring / Summer Sophomore Year Fall & Spring Junior Year
Spring Junior Year Spring / Summer Junior Year Fall & Spring Senior Year

The First-Year Art History Scholarship

SELECTION CRITERIA & ELIGIBILITY

The program seeks motivated, well-rounded candidates, both academically and in character with a demonstrated commitment to the study of art history. Students must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 in order to be eligible for the First-Year Art History Scholarship. Scholarship decisions for incoming, first-year students are made by the AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective program, not the Office of Financial Aid.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

Undergraduate application materials (for declared Art History majors) are received from the Office of Admissions and are reviewed by the AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective program. No additional application is required.

A complete application will contain the following materials:

Undergraduate Application Materials
(Provided by the Office of Admissions)

  • The Common Application
  • College Essay
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Official SAT or ACT scores (if provided)
  • Official Transcripts

Additional Requirements for the First-Year Art History Scholarship
(Due at the time of application):

  • Resume
  • An essay or writing sample related to the study of art history*
  • Virtual or In-person interview
  • One writing sample

*1) Upload a writing sample:
Submit a paper written for an art or art history course. The paper can be an analysis or research paper. The upload should be no more than three double-spaced pages, 12-pt font.

or

2) Submit an essay:
Select one artwork of your choice and write a formal analysis. The paper should be no longer than three double-spaced pages, 12-pt font.

Additionally, the following related factors are taken into consideration during application review: students who have completed Advanced Placement (AP) Art History coursework, students who have completed the Early College Program in Art History + Curatorial Studies an initiative of the AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective; students who have done volunteer work, jobs or internships in the visual arts.

RENEWABILITY

The First-Year Art History scholarship is a one-time only award for incoming first year students, distributed at the beginning of the fall semester and at the beginning of the spring semester.

At the end of the first semester, all First-Year Art History scholarship recipients are required to meet with the Program Director for a semester review. Scholarship renewal from the first semester into the second semester is at the discretion of the Program Director. Students whose scholarships are not renewed between the fall semester and the spring semester will be notified in writing, detailing the decision.

At the end of the first semester, scholars also must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in addition to maintaining good standing and satisfactory academic progress as outlined by the school’s bulletin.

Starting in spring of the first year, eligible scholars may apply for the Art History Scholarship.

ENROLLMENT

Students must enroll in a minimum of (15) hours each for the fall and spring semesters and successfully complete coursework that is consistent with normal class progression standards. International students and those not eligible for federal funding will not be eligible for scholarship awards. Transfer students are eligible for funding (their transfer GPA will be used to determine eligibility), so long as they meet prerequisite requirements.

Students who leave the major before the end of the semester or withdraw from the undergraduate institution will follow the refund and withdrawal guidelines as outlined in the institutional bulletin. Application Submission – All additional application material requests (writing, resume and interview) must be submitted to the designated AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective faculty or staff member.

NOTIFICATION & FUND DISTRIBUTION

Students will be notified by e-mail if they have or have not been awarded the First-Year Art History scholarship. For awarded students, the designated scholarship amount will be detailed in the award letter e-mail. Funds will be distributed to the scholar’s student account.

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The Art History Scholarship

SELECTION CRITERIA & ELIGIBILITY

Eligible Art History majors will be rising sophomores, juniors or seniors who will apply for the Art History Scholarship in the spring semester of their first, sophomore or junior year.

To apply scholars must:

  1. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  2. Be in good standing (both in terms of student conduct and academically)
  3. Officially declare the Art History major and, as applicable, eligible minors.
    Eligible Minors– Curatorial Studies, Business, Communications/Marketing, or Technology/Computer Science
  4. Meet the following prerequisite requirements:
    1. Submit a 250-500 word narrative letter describing career goals and/or research interests
    2. Interview with an AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective faculty or staff member
    3. Submit a letter of recommendation from an undergraduate faculty member or internship supervisor
    4. Complete one or more of the following courses in the Spelman College
      Department of Art & Visual Culture earning a grade of “B” or higher in each course:

      • Ways of Seeing I: Pyramids to Cathedrals (SAVC 141)
      • Ways of Seeing II: Medieval to Modern (SAVC 142)
      • Global Foundations of Modern Art (SAVC 230)
      • Introduction to the Object (SAVC 235)
      • African American Art (SAVC 243)
      • Seminar in Curatorial Practice (SAVC 305)
      • Mining the Museum (SAVC 306)
      • Other course(s) as deemed appropriate by the Director of the AUC Art History Curatorial Studies Collective
APPLICATION MATERIALS

Candidates applying for the first time will complete the online application and upload the following materials:

  • Submit a 250-500 word narrative letter describing career goals and/or research
    interests
  • a letter of recommendation from an undergraduate faculty member or internship supervisor
  • An unofficial academic transcript

Candidates renewing their scholarship will complete the online application and upload the following materials:

  • An unofficial academic transcript
RENEWABILITY

This annual scholarship is renewable if the recipient continues to meet the award criteria. That is, scholars must: 1) have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0  2) be in good standing, 3) must continue to have declared their major in Art History and, as applicable, eligible minors, and 4) meet pre-requisite requirements.

In addition, continuing students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Art History major courses and, as applicable, eligible minor courses.

Students will receive scholarship support for a maximum of three academic years or a total of six semesters and must reapply each year. Any student not continuously enrolled or who is absent from a regular semester, excluding the summer session, would forfeit the scholarship and would have to reapply. However, readmission and reinstatement of the scholarship is not guaranteed.

ENROLLMENT

Students must enroll in a minimum of (15) hours each for the fall and spring semesters of their sophomore, junior and senior year and successfully complete coursework annually that is consistent with normal class progression standards. Students studying abroad or completing a domestic exchange program, while meeting all scholarship eligibility requirements, are eligible for funding.

International students and those not eligible for federal funding will not be eligible for scholarship awards. Transfer students are eligible for funding (their transfer GPA will be used to determine eligibility) so long as they meet pre-requisite requirements.

Students who leave the major before the end of the semester or withdraw from the undergraduate institution will follow the refund and withdrawal guidelines as outlined institutional bulletin.

Application Submission – All application materials must be submitted to the designated AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective faculty or staff member. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

NOTIFICATION & FUND DISTRIBUTION

Students will be notified by e-mail if they have or have not been awarded the annual Art History scholarship. For awarded students, the designated scholarship amount will be detailed in the award letter and e-mail. Funds will be distributed to the scholar’s student account.

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Art History
Scholarship Recipients

2019-2020

  • Destinee Filmore, Spelman College, C’2021, Art History major, International Studies minor
  • Ming Washington, Spelman College, C’2022, Art History major, Curatorial Studies minor
  • Tempe Stewart, Spelman College, C’2022, Art History Major

 

2020-2021

  • Destinee Filmore, Spelman College, C’2021, Art History major, International Studies minor
  • Tennille Mack, Spelman College, C’2021, Art History major
  • Haleigh Edmonds, Spelman College, C’2021, Art History major, Spanish major
  • Ming Washington, Spelman College, C’2022, Art History major, Curatorial Studies minor
  • Tempe Stewart, Spelman College, C’2022, Art History Major

 

2020-2021 First-Year

  • Neil Grasty, Morehouse College, C’2024, Art History major
  • Jade Foreman, Spelman College, C’2024, Art History major

Clark Atlanta University

Applicant questions. please contact:

Christopher Hickey
Professor of Art

Photo: Clark Atlanta University
Email Christopher Hickey

Morehouse College

Applicant questions. please contact:

Krista Clark
Instructor of Art

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Email Krista Clark

Spelman College

Applicant questions. please contact:

Rachel Brown
Program Manager, AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective

Photo: Spelman College
Email Rachel Brown
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