President's Scholarship in Art

If you have exceptional talent, experience, and demonstrated skill and idea in art and intend to at least minor in Art with a departmental GPA of 3.0 or higher during your four years at Whitman, the College invites you to apply for a President’s Scholarship in Art.

President’s Scholarships are awarded to entering students in recognition of exceptional talent. The scholarship meets all of the student’s demonstrated financial need when combined with scholarships or grants from any other sources and varies from $2,500 to $47,000 per year, according to need. President’s Scholarships for students without demonstrated financial need will range from $2,500 up to $6,000 per year, depending on available monies. Precise scholarship amounts will be listed in the student's Financial Aid Award letter. Financial need is determined annually by the Office of Financial Aid Services using data from both the FAFSA and CSS Profile.

President’s Scholarship in Art Application Process

1. Apply for Admission to Whitman: In order to be eligible for the President’s Scholarship you must apply for admission to the College by January 15, 2015.

2. Submit Financial Aid Forms: Both your FAFSA and CSS Profile must be submitted to the appropriate agencies by February 1, 2015, if you intend to apply for need-based financial aid.

3. Prepare Your Portfolio and Statement: Faculty in the Art Department select winners based upon their evaluation of the following material:

  1. A portfolio of your art work
    • Your portfolio must include a cover sheet that displays four images or video stills of your work.
    • Your portfolio should consist of 10 slides in a Microsoft PowerPoint format on CD. If you are applying with video or sound you may submit a QuickTime movie or MP3 of up to 5 minutes of material on a data cd. Do not submit original photographs or original artwork.
    • Each slide in your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation must be labeled with the size of the work, medium, date completed, and your name.
  2. A statement about your art background and future plans in studio art
    • This statement should 300 words or less in length and typewritten.
  3. Please note: in fairness to all applicants, your portfolio and statement must adhere to these submission guidelines. Failure to do so may result in your disqualification from consideration for the President's Scholarship.

4. Send your portfolio to the Office of Admission, post-marked no later than February 15, 2015. Your submission will be cataloged and forwarded to the Art Department.

5. Notification of Award Status: First-year applicants will be notified of their award status in writing by April 15, 2015. Transfer applicants will be notified of their award status in writing by May 1, 2015.

If you have questions about the scholarship please contact Justin Gutzwa, Admission Officer, toll-free at (877) 462-9448.