The Carthage Art Department offers a number of competitive scholarships to prospective studio art, photography, and art education majors. Scholarships are also available for photography minors, and film and new media minors.

Applications will be available in September 2024, and you can apply through Feb. 14, 2025.

The scholarship portfolio reviews take place on Nov. 9, 2024 and Feb. 8, 15, and 22, 2025. In-person and virtual portfolio reviews are available. If you visit Carthage before Feb. 17, please contact us at to set up an alternate review time and studio tour.

Note: Students entering midyear should apply for a scholarship in November. Students entering in fall should apply in February. The results of all interviews and portfolio reviews will be included in the applicant’s financial aid package developed in March by the Office of Student Financial Services or in December/January for students entering midyear.

To apply, review the details of each section below and then use the online art scholarship application. You will receive a confirmation with your review schedule from

Scholarships are awarded based upon a review of the applicant’s visual portfolio by faculty of the Art Department. You will have the opportunity to share and discuss your portfolio with art faculty — talking about your ideas, materials, process, and aspirations as a developing artist. In-person reviews include a personal tour of the studio art facilities with a member of the faculty.

What to bring to your portfolio review

  • A portfolio consisting of a minimum of 15 of your best art pieces in a variety of media: drawing, painting, animation, printmaking, video, photography, digital art, ceramics, metal, wood, etc. This may be work you have made in school and/or outside of classes. Sketchbooks are welcome!
    • For in-person reviews, please bring the actual artworks.
    • For pieces you cannot bring, please bring digital images or a link.
    • For virtual reviews, please send links for digital portfolios or videos to
  • Your resume
  • One letter of recommendation (preferably from a teacher or mentor)


  • Ask an art teacher or mentor to help you choose your best and most representative works.
  • If you work in sketchbooks, please bring those to your review.


For more information, contact the Art Department at or 262-551-6247.