Scholarships

We offer more than $45,000 in scholarships annually

We are committed to helping you invest in your future. That’s why we offer a variety of scholarship awards at both the university and department levels. This includes four scholarships that are available to incoming freshmen and transfer students! Please see eligibility requirements below: 

Williams & Koerner Scholarship

One $2000 award*

Awarded to a student with a Multimedia Design Minor

Eligibility:

  • Preference to Multimedia Design Minors, others (in order): Graphic Design, Animation, or Studio Art
  • Applicants must be excelling in their Major.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Junior or Senior Level.
  • Merit-based, non-renewable.

Stephen L. Barstow Art Scholarship

Six $3,200 awards*

Awarded based on financial need with an emphasis on promoting Native Americans into the Arts.

Eligibility:  

  • Meet Office of Financial Aid requirements for financial aid.
  • Signed Art major (except incoming Freshman or Transfer students).
  • Minimum GPA in Art of 2.5 for freshmen, 3.0 for all other students.
  • Previous recipients may reapply.

Katherine Ardis Ux Art Scholarship for Graduate Studies

One $6,000 award*

To provide support to Senior Art and Design major or alumni who intend to conduct research or further study in the field of art or design in a Masters program or another type of structured Post-Baccalaureate program.

Eligibility:  

  • Senior standing at CMU
  • Signed Art major
  • Artist statement including past accomplishments and future goals
  • Written proof of acceptance into a graduate or post-baccalaureate program

Stephen L. Barstow Native American Award

Four $2,000 awards*

Preference is given to Native Americans, although all ethnic groups may apply.

Eligibility:

  • Native American tribal identity as defined by the state of Michigan to verify Native American status (if applicable).
  • Undergraduate standing at CMU
  • Signed Art major (except incoming Freshman or Transfer students)
  • Minimum GPA in Art of 2.5 for freshmen, 3.0 for all other grade levels
  • Previous recipients may reapply.

Evelyn Frye-Smith Scholarship

Two $1,000 awards*

Eligibility:

  • Incoming Freshmen, freshmen, sophomore, or Junior standing at CMU
  • Signed Art major (except incoming Freshman or Transfer students)
  • Minimum GPA in Art of 3.5
  • Previous recipients may reapply.

Frances E. Fitch Art Scholarship

One $1,000 undergraduate award*

Eligibility:

  • Junior or Senior standing at CMU
  • Signed Art major (except incoming Freshman or Transfer students)
  • Minimum GPA in Art of 3.5
  • Previous recipients are not eligible to reapply for this scholarship.

David R. Fisher Memorial Award 

One $1000 undergraduate award*

Eligibility:

  • Meet Office of Financial Aid requirements for financial aid
  • Signed Art major (except incoming Transfer students)
  • Minimum GPA in Art of 3.0
  • Must be a full-time student
  • Interest in photography
  • Previous recipients may reapply

John W. & Marilyn D. Richards Scholarship 

One $2,200 undergraduate award*

Eligibility:

  • Junior or Senior Standing at CMU
  • Signed Art major (except incoming Transfer students)
  • Minimum GPA in Art of 3.0
  • Meet Office of Financial Aid requirements for financial aid
  • Must be a full-time student
  • Interest in sculpture or ceramics

Evelyn Frye-Smith Summer Workshop Award

Two $700 awards*

1-week summer workshop (including room & board) at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN

Eligibility:

  • Freshmen, sophomore, or Junior standing at CMU
  • Signed Art major
  • Previous recipients may reapply

*Updated amounts and full eligibility requirements are listed on the current year application 

ART AND DESIGN STUDY AWAY SCHOLARSHIPS:

These scholarships are awarded in the Fall for the following Summer:

Gilbert A. Maxwell Endowed Award in Art for International / National Study

Three $1000 awards*

Eligibility:

  • Signed Art major
  • Junior status (at the time of application)
  • Must be a full-time student from Aug. 2021 - May 2022
  • Non-renewable

Lon Ferguson Memorial & Friends of Art & Design Travel Endowment for Study Away Experience

One $500 award*

Eligibility:

  • Signed Art major
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Non-renewable

Application

UNIVERSITY-LEVEL SCHOLARSHIPS:

Financial aid opportunities are available at the University's Financial Aid Site. Learn more about CMU Tuition and Fees or find out your tuition by using the CMU Cost of Attendance Calculator.

Incoming freshmen who have applied to CMU are automatically considered for CMU's Merit Scholarships. Submit a complete application including all supporting materials by December 1 for priority consideration.