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Department of Art and Design

Courses For Non-Majors

Interested in taking art and design courses but aren’t a major? there are many options available to GVSU students. (Read more)


Grand Valley has scholarships and fellowships available for current and prospective students.

All applicants to the Art and Design program (including Transfer and Internal Students) are automatically considered for an Art and Design scholarship. Initial awards are determined by review of Art and Design admission portfolios and National Portfolio Day reviews of student work. Artwork is the primary criteria for selection. The amount of these initial awards (typically $1,000 per year) and the number available can vary, but all are automatically renewed for the duration of the awardee's tenure through the Art and Design program, so long as they remain enrolled full-time as an Art and Design major and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
All other available scholarships for Art and Design majors- including the Albert & Ella Koeze, Ann M. Dilley Scholarship, MaryBeth Koeze, Nedra J. Otis Smith, Margaret Ward, and Rebecca Vogelsang awards- can be searched for and applied for at GVSU's MyScholarships page: 

Student Scholarships

Nedra J. Smith Otis Art Scholarship

Established by Art and Design faculty and Nedra J. Smith Otis to reward outstanding art and design students. 

Eligibility: Must be a junior, senior or graduate student working on a BFA degree. Student must be full-time with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Must complete required review by department and have completed all core art courses. Must show promise as an artist. Award amount varies, up to $2,000. Possible renewal.

Albert S. and Ella D. Koeze Art Scholarship

Established by Marybeth Koeze, honoring the memory of her parents, Albert and Ella Koeze. This scholarship provides financial assistance to students majoring in fine arts.

Eligibility: Be entering your junior or senior year or beginning graduate-level work. Must be full-time as a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree student with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and show promise as an artist. Award amount varies, up to $1,000. Possible renewal.

Margaret F. Ward Art and Design Scholarship

Established by Mrs. Margaret F. Ward to give support to aspiring art educators that face financial challenges pursuing their degree.

Eligibility: Entering junior or senior year or beginning graduate work, full-time status as a Bachelor of Art Education degree student, cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, financial need, showing professional promise as a future educator. Award amount varies, up to $1,000. Possible renewal.

Branstrom Fine Arts Scholarship

Award comes from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and goes to deserving current students in Art and Design, Music and the School of Communications.

Eligibility: Cumulative overall grade point average of 3.0 G.P.A. Award amount varies, up to $2,500. Non-renewable.

Harriet Irsay Scholarship Grant

Since 1992, the Scholarship Committee of the American Institute of Polish Culture in Miami has awarded over $150,000.00 in scholarship aid to over 150 talented American students of Polish descent. The Committee may award ten to fifteen scholarship grants of $1,000 each, for the academic year in a variety of fields, including Education, History and Liberal Arts. They are awarded on a merit basis to full time undergraduates or graduates who are American citizens or permanent residents preferably of Polish heritage.

Ann M. Dilley Jewelry/Metalsmithing Scholarship

Established by A. Newton Dilley and Abby P. Dilley to honor Ann M. Dilley and her passion for the metalsmithing arts. 

Eligibility: Award of $1,500 annually to an undergraduate student accepted or currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University with an emphasis in Jewelry/Metalsmithing, enrolled in 3 credit hours or more in Fine Arts with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Preference will be given to non-degree seeking or part-time students. Financial aid may be considered and shall be demonstrated by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Recipients will be chosen by the Jewelry/Metalsmithing faculty and verified by the GVSU Financial Aid Office.

Incoming Student Scholarships

Rebecca Vogelsang Memorial Scholarship (ART)

Established for incoming freshman that are Michigan residents. Preference given to students from Ada, Cascade, Grand Rapids, and Vergennes Townships.

Award amount: $500.
Eligibility: Non-renewable. Faculty committee chooses recipients after review of admissions portfolios.

Art and Design Scholarship

Awarded to incoming students, $1,000 per year. Initial award determined by review of Art and Design admission portfolios and National Portfolio Day reviews of students work. Artwork is the primary criteria for selection.

Eligibility: Renewal of scholarship is dependent upon maintaining a G.P.A. of 3.0 overall, and appropriate progress towards completion of a degree in Art and Design. Award amount varies, up to $1,000. 

Junior Level Student Scholarships

Alexander Calder Honor Scholarship

Established in the 1970s by a group called Friends of the Arts and funded through proceeds of the sale of prints by artist Alexander Calder, which he donated to Friends of the Arts to support the arts at GVSU. Scholarships benefit students in any discipline of the fine arts. A committee representing the fine and performing arts chooses recipients for the awards.

Annual Fellowships

Oxbow Fellowship

Grand Valley State University is one of thirteen art departments in the nation to participate in Ox-Bows prestigious Fellowship Program. Ox-Bow is located in Saugatuck, MI and affiliated with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The fellowship student is chosen by a committee of GVSU faculty based on the merits of their artwork and ability to thrive in the Ox-Bow community. A fellowship student lives on Ox-Bows campus for the duration of the summer season, generally June 1 - September 1, where they participate in campus life as both staff member and as artist.

For further information on these and other GVSU scholarships: