Scholarships and Aid Furman University

Art Department Scholarships are available for freshmen who wish to actively particip​ate in the art department either as majors or non-majors. We have a number of competitive scholarships whose minimum award  amount is $14,000, as well as smaller scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 for the academic year. 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 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 can carry over after freshman year, and students may receive additional funding in later years. Applications for current students are reviewed in early spring term each year.

  • Attend Portfolio Day

      For intended Studio Art majors and Scholarship applicants, our Portfolio Day is a great opportunity for high school students to meet our faculty and receive feedback on their work.  Students interested in majoring in studio art at Furman also have an opportunity to tour the campus, attend a mini-workshop, 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.

  • Apply for an art scholarship

      Students wishing to apply for these scholarships must fill out the application form and submit a digital portfolio to Marta Lanier, Fine Arts Recruitment Coordinator, by December 15, 2013. Be sure to read the guidelines for submitting a portfolio.

  • Guidelines for submitting a portfolio

      In addition to completing the art scholarship application, 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 submitted in one of the following ways:

      Option 1: Copy images onto a CD. Label the CD with your name, address, and date. Submitted CDs should include only the following: 10-20 images submitted for scholarship application, and a Word document labeled ‘List of Works’ that lists the title, date of completion, and (if applicable) class for which you completed the submitted works. When you are completing the online art scholarship application, please indicate that you will be mailing in a hard copy. Please mail CD to:

      Admissions Department

      Attn: Marta Lanier
      Furman University
      3300 Poinsett Highway
      Greenville, SC 29613-1116


      Option 2: Upload 10-20 digital images of your work to a portfolio website such as Shownd.com or wix.com. 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.
  • Available scholarships

      Applicants are evaluated on the basis of originality, compositional skills, craftsmanship in presentation, potential, ambition, openness to new ideas, and need. The Office of Financial Aid must approve awards.

      Scholarship awards will be made by late April and are contingent upon the student’s acceptance to Furman by the Admissions Office. Scholarship monies may be used only for study at Furman or through Furman’s study away programs.

      Charles E. Blackwood Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to one or more art students who demonstrate financial need and show a strong creative potential in the visual arts. Renewal criteria is continuing to demonstrate financial need (by completing the Financial Aid form) and meeting all criteria set by art faculty.

      Glenn U. Boyles Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to one or more students majoring in or planning to major in art. The award is at the discretion of the art faculty.

      Mattie Hipp Cunningham Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to the student who shows the greatest promise in appreciation of, or creativity in, literature and fine arts. The award rotates between the English, Drama, and Art departments, and is therefore available to Art every third year only.

      Thomas E. Flowers Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to full-time Furman students majoring in art who have demonstrated quality work, exemplified high moral character, and shown academic promise. Once awarded, the recipient keeps this scholarship until graduation, so long as the student continues to meet all criteria and continues to major in Art.

      Lollie Jane Turk Hines Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded one or more times a year to full-time art students who demonstrate a financial need, exemplify high moral character, and show academic and artistic promise.

      Glen E. Howerton Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to full-time students majoring in art who have demonstrated quality work, exemplified high moral character, and shown academic promise.

      Irene Hendricks Keith Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to one or more students majoring in art or students with a strong interest in art. Renewal is at the discretion of the art faculty.

      William A. Leslie, Jr. Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to one or more deserving and worthy students who are juniors or seniors. Preference is given to students who plan to pursue a career in advertising, publications, communications, or graphic arts. Note: this scholarship can be given to a non-art major as long as their career goal meets the criteria established by the scholarship agreement. Junior scholarships may be renewed the senior year as long as the student continues to meet the criteria of the scholarship.

      Sidney L. Lowe Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior who is seeking a career in advertising either as a graphic artist or in advertising marketing. The recipient may be a non-art major who meets the career goal criteria. Once awarded, a recipient may keep the scholarship until graduation. 

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