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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.

 

Lawrence B. Taishoff Communication Design Scholarship and Development Fund 

Lawrence B. Taishoff Communication Design Scholarship (ART59) 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.

Deadline: 3/31/20

In order to be qualified you must:

• 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
• Submit a degree progression report
• Submit a CDES BFA portfolio application and be pursuing a BFA in Communication Design
• 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
• Have a cumulative ART Departmental GPA, for their intended major, of 3.0 or greater as identified by the degree progression report
• Submit an essay of 500 – 1,000 words addressing the following: how 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 the project and/or intended goals. There is a preference to award four scholarships annually in the amount of $2,500, two students each fall and two students each spring. Scholarships will be awarded based on eligibility, pool of applicants, and quality of design. Fewer scholarships may be awarded at the discretion of the review committee. Unused scholarship dollars will roll forward for future student scholarships.

Application Instructions:

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 2020-21 MSU Denver Scholarship Application.
  • Under scholarships, search for the Lawrence B. Taishoff Communication Design Scholarship and Development Fund and complete the required essay.
  • Complete your FAFSA.
 

Endowment for Careers in the Arts

Deadline:  5/31/20

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.

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.
  • 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?”

Application Instructions:

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.

 

Robert B. Daniels Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: TBA

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?"

Application Instructions:

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

  • 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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