Scholarships and Aid Furman University

Art Department Scholarships are available for incoming students who wish to actively participate in the Art Department either as majors or non-majors.  We have a number of competitive scholarships that can be combined with any academic merit-based scholarships students receive on the basis of their application for admission.  The awarding process is based upon a careful review of the student's portfolio either in person at Portfolio Day or through digital submissions as part of the Art Scholarship Application

Scholarships are awarded contingent upon the student's continued performance, diligence in his or her work, and dedication to achieving excellence. Students who receive scholarships are role models for their peers. Scholarships are renewable, and students may receive additional funding in later years. Scholarship applications for current students are reviewed in early spring term each year.

  • Apply for an art scholarship

      Students wishing to apply for these scholarships must first complete the common application for general admission to the university.   Once a student's common application is submitted, a student will gain access to their Online Status Checker where they will be able to register for a Portfolio Review Day.  If you have any questions about the registration process please contact Coady Shovlain, Coordinator of Fine Arts Recruitment. 

      Students must attend the Art Department's Portfolio Day to be considered for an art scholarship.  During Portfolio Day students have an opportunity to tour the campus, attend  mini-workshops, and have their portfolios reviewed by our faculty. This full-day event is helpful in determining scholarships, as it gives our professors a chance to meet future students and see their work in person. Attend a Portfolio Day.

  • Guidelines for submitting a portfolio

      In addition to completing the art scholarship application on their Online Status Checker, students will need to submit a portfolio. To do this, select 10-20 of your best works from as many different types of media as possible. Include at least two to four drawings from life (i.e. direct observation). You may also include scans from your sketchbook or journal (three to five pages). Scholarship portfolios should be accessible through a portfolio website.

      Upload 10-20 digital images of your work to a portfolio website such as or Please include the title, date of completion, and (if applicable) class for which you completed the submitted works. When completing your online art scholarship application, please include your portfolio website URL so that we may view your portfolio.

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