Visual Art Freshmen Scholarship Competition 

2017-18 Art Scholarship Competition

West Liberty University’s Division of Art announces the availability of a four-year scholarship for a graduating high school senior who wishes to major in art at West Liberty University. The competition is open to all graduating seniors, and is not limited to residents of West Virginia. Applicants must have submitted an application for admittance to WLU.
Students must submit a portfolio of at least six pieces of original work. The winner, as determined by the art faculty, will receive a four-year renewable art scholarship and a Housing Grant to study art at West Liberty University. Housing grants cover at least 80% of the total room cost only, and pay nothing toward board. Second and third place awards of Housing Grants may be granted if available and appropriate.

  • Portfolios will be accepted in the Fine Arts Office, room 207, Hall of Fine Arts, November 27th and 28th, 2017 between the hours of 8AM and 4PM.
  • Judging will take place on November 29th.
  • Finalists will be notified by the end of the workday November 30th and must be available for a personal, on-campus interview between the dates of December 4th and 6th.
  • The decision of the judges will be announced by December 7th

Please direct any questions to Professor Brian Fencl, Chair, Department of Journalism, Communication Studies and Visual Art, West Liberty University, by Emailing to [email protected]

A WLU four-year scholarship equals approximately $2500 per year for an in-state student or $4000 per year for an out-of-state student. The value of a WLU Housing Grant is approximately worth $2600 per year. Award amounts are subject to change.

Presentation of the portfolio is very important, consider this just like a personal interview.

• All works submitted must be clearly labeled with the artist’s name, telephone number and email address.
• Digital and video work can be submitted by email or on a CD/DVD. Digital portfolios should be presented as PDF slide presentations created in PowerPoint or Keynote. Slides should be simple and clean with needed information about the work only. Next to each image list artists name, image title, medium and size.

• Do not include torn or poorly cared for work.
• Include your best and most recent work. Ask for the opinions of teachers, parents and friends. The jurors are looking at the quality of the work and not the quantity of work submitted. Unfinished work that shows the potential of the idea is acceptable.
• Inclusion of a sketchbook is helpful for the jurors to see artistic potential.