University of Southern Indiana

Freshman Art & Design Scholarships


Incoming USI freshmen who major in art or art education and who submit a completed application by midnight on the first Friday in February are eligible for these scholarships.

Available Scholarships

Our numerous USI Freshman Art Scholarship Awards range from $500-$2,500 and are automatically renewed for each of the following three years if the recipient remains an art or art education major, maintains his/her full-time enrollment status and remains in good academic standing. All USI Scholarship Awards apply to student tuition.

The Sol and Arlene Bronstein Art Scholarship is awarded to ONE incoming freshman art or art education major every year. The scholarship is valued at $1,000 per academic year, renewable for up to three years, and may be applied to student tuition, fees and supplies.

All students who complete this application will be considered for both of the scholarships above. Awards are based on artistic excellence and a student's potential to excel in creative and professional endeavors.

To Apply

Fill in the required fields of the Freshman Art & Design Scholarship Application as directed.

Application Portfolio

You should submit a portfolio of creative work along with your application. Upload your image files as a combined PDF in the location provided.

Please submit 8-12 images of your work, along with image information, in a PDF. For each image, provide the title of the work, the media used to create the work, the scale of the work (height x width x depth, in inches) and the year the work was made. For 3-D pieces, you might want to provide a detail or alternative view in addition to an overall shot.

  • Make sure you photograph your art in an area with plenty of light.
  • Check your images on a full-sized screen to make sure the piece is in sharp focus.
  • Use a photo editing program, such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Gimp, etc.
  • Crop out distracting backgrounds.
  • Adjust images to be no larger than 1500 pixels on the longest side.
  • Name your PDF file with your last name, followed by an underscore and the word "portfolio." For example, Jane Doe's portfolio would be named: doe_portfolio.pdf

View a sample portfolio PDF using the expected format for submission.

As long as you meet the previously mentioned eligibility criteria, you will automatically be eligible for both incoming freshman scholarships when we receive your completed application package.

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The deadline for submission is the first Friday in February, 11:59 P.M. CST.

Questions? Contact associate professor of ceramics.

Contact Ms. Sara Christensen Blair


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