Art and Design Department
Grand Valley has scholarships and fellowships available for current and prospective students.
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.
2012-13 Incoming Student Scholarships
Ada Council for the 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 student’s 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. Possible renewal.
Junior Level Student Scholarship
Alexander Calder Honor Scholarship
Established in the 1970’s 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.
Grand Valley State University is one of thirteen art departments in the nation to participate in Ox-Bow’s 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-Bow’s 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: http://www.gvsu.edu/scholarships/
Department of Art and Design, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan
Page last modified March 12, 2014