Undergraduate Scholarships and Funding

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John Fergus Family Scholarship and Exhibition

The John Fergus Family Scholarship is a juried art competition open to studio-based visual art and design students at The Ohio State University. Students submit their work for review by a jury of faculty from the departments of Art; Arts Administration, Education and Policy; Design; and History of Art. Scholarship winners receive a $1,000 scholarship applied to their student account and exhibit their work at the annual Fergus Scholarship Award Exhibition, a group exhibition featuring work selected from the scholarship recipients' application.

Application deadline is Nov. 15, 2021. For more details and to apply, click here


Undergraduate Juried Scholarship Exhibition

Each spring semester, students submit their best work (not shown in prior scholarship exhibitions) to be considered for scholarship awards and inclusion in the annual Department of Art Undergraduate Juried Exhibition. Members of the faculty and outside jurors select student work for a variety of awards. In general all awards require students to be full-time status (12 credit hours) with fees paid in full and in good academic standing (3.0 GPA).


Fergus Portfolio Review Merit-based Scholarship

Merit-based scholarship for students who emerge from the BFA Portfolio Review as exceptional. Faculty reviewers nominate students to receive the scholarship. Merit is determined by quality of portfolio, evidence of engaged experimentation and understanding, as well as a high level of creative inquiry, promise and commitment. $3,000 each semester, renewable for four to six semesters or until graduation, provided student maintains a min. 2.25 GPA and is enrolled full-time. 


Fergus Undergraduate Materials Funding

Funds support all levels of BFA or BA art students in their creative research and expression, except for the final semester of thesis exhibition, for grants of up to $200. 


Fergus Diversity Undergraduate Scholarship

The Fergus Diversity Undergraduate Scholarship is available to full-time, incoming undergraduates  enrolled in a degree-granting program in the Department of Art (BA or BFA). The merit-based tuition scholarship provides $5,000 per semester in renewable funds for four years or until graduation, and as long as student remains a BFA or BA majoring in Art and maintains the minimum 2.25 for the major.  

The Scholarship is open to incoming undergraduate students from urban or rural high schools who have had limited access to formal art training or are otherwise from underrepresented backgrounds in the arts. This financial support will serve as a recognition of talent and promise in the Department of Art. Contact Academic Program Coordinator, Sarah Wendel for more information at wendel.13@osu.edu. 


Department of Art Scholarships

  • Fergus Diversity Undergraduate Scholarship, art majors
  • Mary Martin Picarillo Scholarship, art majors: Preference given to a female graduate from Whetstone High School
  • Hoyt L. Sherman Memorial Scholarship Award, art majors
  • Aida Cannarsa Snow Endowment Scholarship Award, art majors
  • Department of Art Scholarship Award, art majors
  • Department of Art Faculty and Staff Scholarship Award, art majors

Area-specific Scholarships (BFA)

  • Arthur E. Baggs Memorial Scholarship Award, Ceramics major emphasis
  • Brian Bradesca Memorial Scholarship Award, Art and Technology major emphasis
  • David J. L. Firestone Photography, Photography major emphasis
  • Robert Marion Gatrell Undergraduate Scholarship Award, Drawing and Painting major emphasis
  • Susie Gehring Gudenkauf Art Scholarship Award, Drawing and Painting major emphasis
  • Charles W. Massey and Ola Belle Massey Printmaking Award, Printmaking major emphasis

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences makes annual awards to undergraduate students who have declared a major in the arts and sciences. Review the various scholarships for more information about eligibility and the application process.