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Art & Design Scholarships

Each spring, Whitworth University awards art & design talent scholarships to entering first-year and transfer students who demonstrate interest and potential to excel as art & design majors at Whitworth, as well as collaborative majors in leadership in the arts, front-end design development and art history. These scholarships are also available to returning students.

Whitworth's art & design major offers a diversity of tracks, as well as collaborative majors in leadership in the arts, front-end design development and art history.

The Lied Center for the Visual Arts features large studios for glass, sculpture and ceramics, drawing, painting, and printmaking, as well as a Mac lab for graphic design. The facility also features a student gallery and a beautiful main gallery for touring exhibits and shows by regional and national artists.

Professionally active faculty members, whose works have won awards at exhibits and juried competitions nationwide, encourage students to immerse themselves intellectually and spiritually in the creative process.

If you have an interest in art & design, we hope you'll apply.

Incoming First-Year and Transfer Students

To be eligible for an art & talent scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be admitted to Whitworth University
  • Be actively considering majoring in art
  • Enroll in at least one art & design or art history class each semester of their first year at Whitworth
  • Submit the art & design talent scholarship application form

The priority deadline for submitting application materials is Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.

Art & design scholarships typically range from $1,000 to $3,000 for incoming and transfer students; recipients are given half of the awarded amount in the fall and half in the spring. Talent scholarships are given for one year only, but recipients who become declared majors are eligible to receive scholarships and awards in subsequent years based on their participation and performance in the art & design department (see the 'Returning Students' section below). Returning students' talent and department scholarship awards are extremely competitive; financial need may be considered in setting the award amounts. Scholarships and awards apply to Whitworth tuition only.

Returning Students

To be eligible for an art & design talent scholarship, or to apply to be admitted to the major, a returning student applicant must:

*Please note: returning students are required to upload an unofficial Whitworth transcript during the application process. Unofficial Transcripts can be downloaded from Self Service.

Art & design majors should submit the portfolio-based application. Art history majors should submit the writing-sample-based application. Leadership in the Arts majors can choose to submit either the portfolio- or writing-based application. Both application types are available through the application form link above. Instructions for both types of application are available here:

The deadline for submitting application materials is Wednesday, March 15, 2023, by noon.

Scholarships and awards are given for one year only (one half in fall and one half in spring), and are given for the following school year. A scholarship/award during one year does not guarantee a repeat of the scholarship/award or that the same amount will be given for the subsequent year; scholarships/awards are based on demonstrated interest and ability and are extremely competitive. Financial need may be considered in setting the award amounts. Students receiving scholarships/awards must reapply each spring. The art faculty recommends scholarship/award recipients; however, the scholarships and awards are issued through Whitworth Financial Aid. Recipients need to be able to receive financial aid to be eligible for scholarships. Scholarships and awards apply to Whitworth tuition only.

Questions? Please email wuart@whitworth.edu.

We look forward to hearing from you!