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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 5, 2021.

Please use this: Drake Art and Design Application form, 2021-2022

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.  Please contact John Fender 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 Dani Peters, Fine Arts Coordinator at

See below for answers to frequently asked questions, but if you have any additional questions about the application process, Please contact John Fender, Department Chair at

Frequently Asked Questions

Must students major or minor in a Fine Arts program to receive a Fine Arts Honor scholarship? A student applying for the Fine Arts Honor Scholarship in Art must be a full-time student planning to be an Art History, Graphic Design or Studio Art major.

What preparation and materials are necessary for applying for the Fine Arts Honor Scholarship? Complete an electronic application which requires no less than 6 and no more than 8 digital images or a 2-3 page writing sample for Art History Candidates.

What images should I include? You should submit the best examples from your portfolio. We also suggest you include artwork derived from direct observation.

What are the procedures/timetables for art scholarships? Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but priority is given to applicants submitting by Februaryy 3.

What is the process/timetable for notification of awards? After a faculty review of portfolios, notification of awards will be mailed out on a rolling basis start February 3.

What are the criteria for renewal? The Fine Arts Honor Scholarship will be renewed annually for full time art majors in good academic standing (2.0 GPA up to 30 credits hours and 2.5 GPA thereafter).

What if I have questions about the Department of Art and Design at Drake?
Contact John Fender, Associate Professor of Art and Design and Department Chair
Department of Art and Design
1-800-44-DRAKE or 515-271-3166

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