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Scholarship Information

Fine Arts Honors Scholarships are awarded to entering first year and transfer students only and are awarded for four years as long as the student is enrolled in a B.F.A. or B.A. degree program in the Department of Art and Design. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but priority is given to applicants submitting by February 13, 2023.

Please use this: Art and Design Scholarship Application, 2022-2023

Prospective students and transfer students are encouraged to apply for the Art and Design Honors Scholarship the semester before their anticipated start at Drake.  Those who have already received a Bachelors degree from any institution are ineligible to apply for the Fine Arts Scholarship. You must complete the Drake University application process before you will be considered for a Fine Arts Honor Scholarship award. Please contact us at if you have any questions, including eligibility to apply for the Art and Design Honors Scholarship.  

Applicants interested in Art History should attach a writing sample of no more than three pages that analyze a specific work of art or literature, a historical event or text, or other relevant topics. The writing sample should include references and citations.  

Applicants interested in Studio Art and/or Graphic Design should attach at least six and no more than eight images of your most current artwork. Images should be no larger than 1000 pixels in any direction and be less than 1 MB in size. Please save images at the highest resolution possible within these limits. Include title, medium, and date of work for each image.

Please put one image per page with information into this Word document (a single page template included in this document) and “Save As” a single PDF file that is named in the following format:

Lastname_firstname.pdf (.pdf extension will be automatically added)

Free image editing software is available online at and allows applicants to crop, rotate, resize, and do light editing work on images. This program works on both PC and Mac computers. Please do not use filters or effects on your portfolio images.

Once you have compiled your portfolio, please send the single PDF file (which cannot exceed 10 MB total) to John Fender, Department Chair at

See below for answers to frequently asked questions, but if you have any additional questions about the application process, please contact us at

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for an Art and Design Fine Arts Scholarship?

Fine Arts Scholarships are available to incoming first-time or transfer students that demonstrate excellence in the areas of Studio Art, Graphic Design or Art History. All those applying for the Art and Design Scholarship must be a full-time student majoring in Art History, Graphic Design or a Studio Art area. Those pursuing minors in the department are not eligible for a scholarship.

How does a Fine Arts Scholarship impact my financial aid package?

Please note that awards may affect your overall financial aid package.  Students applying for Fine Arts Scholarship in more than one Fine Arts Department (Art and Design, Music and Theater) can only be awarded one Fine Arts Scholarship. Fine Arts Scholarship recipients are not eligible for the Drake Grant or Drake Supplemental Grant.

How do I apply for the Fine Arts Scholarship?

For Design and Studio complete the electronic application form which requires at least 6 and no more than 8 digital images. For Art History prepare a 2 to 3 page writing sample. For more information find the scholarship application on the Art and Design website,

What work should I include?

Department of Art and Design Fine Arts Scholarships are merit-based and determined primarily through consideration of the quality of work submitted. You should submit what you consider to be your best work, regardless of media or the major you will pursue. We suggest you include artwork derived from direct observation and if possible include some variety in approach and media.

What are the procedures/timetables for Art and Design scholarships?

First, you must complete the application process and be accepted by Drake University before your scholarship application can be considered. Applications are reviewed on a continuing basis, as long as funds remain to be awarded. To ensure consideration for an award please submit your portfolio by the priority deadline. If you apply after this date it may not be possible for you to be considered.

What is the process/timetable for notification of awards?

After the department’s faculty review the submitted portfolios and writing samples, notification of awards will be mailed out in March.

What are the criteria for renewal?

Renewal of a Fine Arts Scholarship is contingent on maintaining full-time enrollment, satisfactory participation in a major in the Department of Art and Design, making appropriate progress toward graduation in your major and maintaining good academic standing (which is a 2.0 cumulative grade point average for the first 30 credit hours and 2.5 GPA thereafter). Generally, these scholarships are available for the lesser of a.) four years of undergraduate study, or b.) until a student earns a bachelor’s degree or becomes a graduate/professional-level student.

Who may I contact for further information about Art and Design at Drake?

Jacob Lemons, Fine Arts Coordinator
Department of Art and Design
1-800-44-DRAKE or 515-271-2863

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