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The Department of Art & Art History offers numerous scholarships to students working on a BA in art history or a BFA in studio art. All full-time continuing art and art history majors, incoming, and transfer students currently enrolled at the University of Utah may apply for the following: Carmen Morton Christensen, Grace Durkee Meldrum, Jack and Florence Sears, Thomas and Susan Rugh, Florence Ware, Leone S. McGowan Memorial, and the Departmental scholarships. Please follow the instructions below to apply for these awards. The Ethel E. Rolapp, E.J. Bird, and Howard Clark scholarships are also available to students, but by faculty invitation only.

2023 Deadlines

Scholarships Open: Friday, January 20th
Scholarships Close: Friday, February 24th (midnight)

If you need assistance navigating the Academic Works portal to submit your scholarship materials, please refer to the Step-by-Step Academic Works Guide.


Art History Scholarships

For the Art History Scholarship, you must be an Art History major with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and completed 9 credit hours of Art History courses. To apply, please go to the University of Utah's scholarships management site (button above), fill out the General Application and search for Art History Undergraduate Scholarships in the Opportunities panel. When in the Art History Scholarships opportunity, you need to provide a 250-word statement of academic interest and goals.

If you receive an award, you will be notified via your Umail. You can also check by logging back into the University of Utah scholarship management site. You must accept your award and submit thank you letters through the scholarship portal by May.

If you have any questions, please contact the art office at or 801-581-8677.

Studio Art Scholarships

The University of Utah's scholarships management site handles all scholarships. You can apply for all available departmental scholarships with one application. During the submission process, you will be required to upload your portfolio as a single PDF. The details for creating the PDF are listed below and on the application website.

Please go to the University of Utah's scholarships management site (button above) to fill out the general application. After doing so, search through the Opportunities and apply to the Studio Art Scholarships. This is where you will be asked to upload your portfolio and answer a few additional questions.

If you receive an award, you will be notified via your Umail. You can also check by logging back into the University of Utah scholarship management site. You must accept your award and submit thank you letters through the scholarship portal by May.

If you have any questions, please contact the art office at or 801-581-8677.

Portfolio Instructions

You will need to create high-quality images for your portfolio PDF.

  • Upload a single PDF file, maximum size cannot exceed 10 MB. (You may need to adjust your images in Photoshop before creating the PDF).
  • Your portfolio should contain from 7 to 10 works.
  • Post one work per page with a maximum of 2 images per page. For example, you might have a full view and then a detail on the same page. Use multiple pages if more views are necessary to understand the piece.
  • Add a text description at the bottom of each page with the following information: Title, Dimensions, Medium, Date completed (the year is sufficient)
  • If you are submitting videos or sound files, you must first upload them to a website such as Box, Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive, Vimeo or YouTube. Once the file is hosted, please provide the URL in the PDF. You will also provide the URL when filling out the scholarship application.
  • Art Teaching Students: Portfolios can include your own art, examples of lesson plans, or documentation of art and art making from school or community settings where you have taught. The submitted materials should not exceed 7-10 works.

Watch a video showing step by step how to put together your portfolio PDF. If you need help documenting your work, please refer to the Visual Resources page for imaging guidelines and further assistance, or sign up for a workshop.

College of Fine Arts Scholarships

Please check for CFA scholarships information by visiting their website.

Additional University Scholarship Resources

Please check additional scholarship opportunities on the University Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Start the application process for your FAFSA here.

Grants and other opportunities

The University of Utah offers students numerous opportunities through grants and research initiatives to help fund your education.

  • Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund (SCIF): The SCIF is the University of Utah's green grant program. Students from all disciplines and departments are invited to propose projects that enhance the sustainability of our campus and community.
  • Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa: Funding opportunities for creative research through Undergraduate Fellowships up to $1,000 each; and the Young Scholar Grant Program, which offers multiple awards, up to $2,500 each. The University of Utah's Rio Mesa Center is an outdoor laboratory located along the Dolores River in southeastern Utah, eight miles upstream from its junction with the Colorado River. The mission of the center is to promote and inspire scholarly work, learning, and academic-community partnerships on a broad range of topics related to the Colorado Plateau ecosystems.
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP): The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program provides undergraduate students and faculty members the opportunity to work together on research or creative projects. UROP provides assistantships up to $1,200 for students who assist with a faculty members research or creative project, or who carry out a project on their own under the supervision of a faculty member.
  • Office of Undergraduate Research Travel & Small Grants: Provides funding opportunities for each undergraduate student whose research requires travel or other support. Small grants up to $200, and travel grants up to $500 are considered monthly.
  • Ivory Homes Capstone Initiative Fund: Offers University of Utah undergraduate students the opportunity to apply for support for their Capstone project to apply their skills on projects that engage their accumulated knowledge and sensibilities in collaboration with other undergraduate students and their faculty mentor.
  • Graduate Student Travel Assistance: Applications for travel assistance are invited from currently enrolled University of Utah graduate students whose research or creative project has been accepted for presentation at a professional meeting. Award up to $400.
  • Graduate Residency Fellowship at the Digital Matters Lab: This fellowship provides graduate students in the Humanities, Fine Arts, and Architecture+Planning an opportunity to work on a research project in Digital Studies, broadly defined, which challenge and extend their respective fields. The fellowship will consist of a semester-long residency, with the possibility to extend a second semester. Fellows receive a $10,000 per semester stipend to pursue their research, and tuition benefits.
  • Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute Get Seeded Program: Need a seed grant to get your idea off the ground? Monthly Get Seeded events are student-run pitch events for aspiring student entrepreneurs.
  • Fine Arts Fees (FAF) Grants: Any College of Fine Arts' student group registered with ASUU or SAC registered through the College of Fine Arts may apply for funding from the Fine Arts Fees Grants Funding Committee for student-driven, noncredit activities, up to $6,000 annually.
  • CFA Travel Grants: This travel fund is to support Individual Undergraduate or Graduate Students presenting or performing their scholarly or creative research at national or international venues. There is a limit of $750 International/$500 National per academic year for each applicant, and funds will be disbursed on a first-come basis.
  • ASUU Travel Funding: Currently enrolled students of the University of Utah are eligible to request up to $600 towards certain travel related expenses.
  • ASUU Emergency Student Loan: The ASUU Student Resources Board offers small (up to $500) ninety-day emergency loans to students in need.

Work Study

The Department of Art & Art History has several Work Study opportunities to students. The first step to qualify for Work Study is to fill out your FAFSA. Please follow the link for additional information.