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Department of Art Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities for Department of Art Majors

Apply to receive funds specifically designated for Department of Art majors at MSU Denver. Contact the Department of Art office at 303-615-0300 with any questions.

Our generous donors provide several different scholarships to Department of Art students. Each of the scholarships has unique criteria for eligibility. Applications are available online and must be submitted by the given deadline.

For each of the scholarships, applicants must submit materials addressing the applicant's background and qualifications for receiving the scholarship, such as a portfolio, a description of the applicant's career plans, or a statement specifically addressing the eligibility criteria for that particular scholarship. Recipients of the scholarships are determined by a scholarship committee made up of Department of Art faculty and in some cases, the donor.

Below are the specific criteria for each of the scholarships. Please note, not every scholarship is available every year; the application will list the available scholarships for any given year. Eligibility requirements for each scholarship must be met at the time of application, as well as at the time of disbursement.


Opportunity: Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Grants Program; Undergraduate Research Mini Grants

Deadline: October 12, 2020 (Next deadline on January 22, 2021)

About:

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Program offers mini-grants to support student research, scholarly works and creative projects. The primary aim of the grant is to foster student-initiated, faculty-supervised research or scholarly/creative activity that is intended to result in an original contribution to the discipline.

There will be two opportunities to apply for a mini-grant, October 12th and January 22nd. Awards will be made in November and March respectively. Please be aware that funds must be spent by June 30th, 2021.

We are happy to announce two additional grants that are available in the fall application through the sponsorship from the One World One Water (OWOW) department. Students can opt-in for their projects to be reviewed for these specialized grants. Please note there is only one grant award available per research project.

For more information on previous grant recipients, please click here.

Requirements and Qualifications:

Any currently enrolled MSU Denver undergraduate student who is conducting a research project or scholarly/creative works under the mentorship of an MSU Denver faculty member is eligible to receive funding ($500 maximum). We encourage undergraduate students from all disciplines to apply.

To Apply:

Fall 2020 Mini-grant application

 

Opportunity: Lawrence B. Taishoff Communication Design Scholarship and Development Fund

Deadline: 10/31/20

About:

The Lawrence B. Taishoff Communication Design Scholarship is established to provide scholarships to students pursuing the BFA in Communication Design degree so they have additional financial resources to purchase computer equipment and/or software suitable for meeting the demands of the Communication Design degree.

Technologies recommended through this scholarship award are managed by the Communication Design program and this scholarship. See Professor Lisa M. Abendroth for details.

Lawrence (Larry) B. Taishoff graduated from Duke University in 1955 and served in U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division as a paratrooper. He was stationed in Germany before he joined Broadcasting Magazine in 1958. He quickly gravitated to the business side of the publication and soon took over its publishing operations. He was accredited as a White House correspondent and was a member of the White House Press Association. For many years he was co-author of the radio and television segment of the Encyclopaedia Britannica Book of the Year. He was a trustee of the Washington Journalism Center and a member of the National Press Foundation.

After his father's death in 1982 Lawrence B. Taishoff endowed an award in his father's honor, presented annually at the NPF dinner. His interest in the Broadcast Pioneers organization led eventually to a major philanthropy, supporting the ever-enlarging Library of American Broadcasting, now located at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Lawrence B. Taishoff’s understanding of Communication Design shaped Broadcasting Magazine for 40 yrs. One example of this was the logo he created of a lightning bolt. The symbol of a bolt within a red rectangle was synonymous with the magazine itself. Everything from the granite carving atop the DeSales Street office to the pen sitting on his desk had that logo on it. As a result, this made it recognizable throughout the industry, and along with superior journalism, was a key factor to the publication’s success.

We hope the Communication Design Scholarship will help students keep pace with technological changes and methods in this field, along with providing the tools necessary to achieve this goal.

Requirements and Qualifications:

The scholarship recipient shall meet the following criteria:

  • Be meeting MSU Denver's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements and cannot be in default or owe any refund/repayment of federal, state or institutional aid
  • Have financial need as determined by FAFSA, or DAIA, and the University 's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours during the semester the scholarship is received (Note: Scholarship funds will be distributed during the Spring 2021 semester)
  • Submit a degree progression report
  • Submit a CDES BFA portfolio application and be pursuing a BFA in Communication Design. Applicants need only to have submitted a portfolio application for the BFA in Communication Design to be eligible for this scholarship. Applicants need not to have been accepted into the BFA in Communication Design at the time of their scholarship application.
  • Have completed at least 30 credit hours, and have a minimum of one academic year (any combination of fall and spring semesters) of coursework left in Communication Design prior to graduation (Note: Remaining academic year should be calculated between the semester of scholarship application and the semester of scholarship receipt)
  • Have a cumulative ART Departmental GPA, for their intended CDES BFA major, of 3.0 or greater as identified by the degree progression report (generated as a "what-if" report)
  • Submit an essay of 500 – 1,000 words addressing the following: How or why did you become interested in pursuing the BFA in Communication Design degree and what do you intend to accomplish in this discipline as a result? Additionally, five samples of design work produced in Communication Design courses shall be included in the application with a brief description of each project and/or its intended goals

To Apply:

Students should visit the Financial Aid webpage and complete a general scholarship application. See online application for details and eligibility requirements. The Lawrence B. Taishoff Communication Design Scholarship will appear on the next screen as a "recommended opportunity" for application.

NOTE: Applicants need only to have submitted a portfolio application for the BFA in Communication Design to be eligible for this scholarship. Applicants need not to have been accepted into the BFA in Communication Design at the time of their scholarship application.

Questions:

Lisa M. Abendroth, Professor, Communication Design Program, Department of Art: abendrot@msudenver.edu

Jacob Beaudrie, Finanacial Aid Office: beaudrij@msudenver.edu

 

Opportunity: Endowment for Careers in the Arts

Deadline: TBA

About:

The purpose of the Endowment for Careers in the Arts is to assist students in their goal to have a career in the arts. This scholarship is intended for students of the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Meet MSU Denver's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements and not be in default or owe any refund/repayment of federal, state or institutional aid.
  • Have a declared major in the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
  • Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Be taking at least 6 credit hours during the semester(s) the scholarship is received.
  • Write a 700-word essay in which you answer the prompt: "How will this scholarship help you gain access to your educational and career goals?"

To Apply:

Students must apply through Academic Works, the University scholarship management system, accessed via the via the Financial Aid webpage.

  • Click on the "Apply Now" button and complete the 2020-21 MSU Denver Scholarship Application.
  • Under scholarships, search for the Endowment for Careers in the Arts and complete the required essay.
  • Complete your FAFSA. Financial need is not required but may be considered in selection.

 

Opportunity: Robert B. Daniels Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: TBA

Requirements and Qualifications:

In order to be qualified you must:

  • Meet MSU Denver's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements and not be in default or owe any refund/repayment of federal, state or institutional aid.
  • Be a student at Metropolitan State University of Denver and be registered (or intend to register) for an Art History study abroad program.
  • Have a declared major in the Department of Art or a minor in the Art Department with a major in a closely related field.
  • Have financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the MSU Denver Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • Write an essay in which you answer the prompt: "How will this specific study abroad experience contribute to your own artistic work and/or professional aspirations for a career in the visual arts?"

To apply:

Students must apply through Academic Works, the University scholarship management system, accessed via the Financial Aid webpage.

  • Click on the "Apply Now" button and complete the 2019-20 MSU Denver Scholarship Application.
  • Under scholarships, search for the Robert B. Daniels Memorial Endowed Scholarship and complete the required essay.
  • Complete your FAFSA.

 


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