Scholarship applications for the 2014-15 academic year will be accepted through 12noon Friday, March 28. Scholarship award winners will be announced at the 48th Annual SCSU Student Show Opening (date to be announced).
- All art department scholarships apply to SCSU tuition and fees; therefore, applicants must be planning to attend St. Cloud State University and take classes in the Art Department.
- Applicants must be admitted to an undergraduate program in the Department of Art at St. Cloud State University (or listed as pre-art).
- Applicants must demonstrate a minimum grade point average of 2.50 at the time of application.
Please refer to specific scholarship criteria for additional eligibility requirements.
Scholarship applications are available February 1 with submission dates in late March or early April.
Students complete one application and the art department determines which scholarship requirements the student meets based on the information provided.
Announcement of Scholarship Award Winners
Scholarship award winners are announced at the annual student show opening, scheduled in mid-April.
Previous Scholarship Recipients & Student Show Awards
Jay Paul Bell and Julie Kiefer-Bell Art Scholarship
The Jay Paul Bell and Julie Kiefer Bell Art Scholarship is funded by a gift from former art students of the Art Department at St. Cloud State University, where both received their BA and MA degrees. After receiving their MFA degrees from UW-Madison, they moved to Illinois where both taught art; Jay at Northern Illinois University, and Julie at Northern Illinois University and Kishwaukee College.
Students must have completed 48 credits by the time the scholarship is received. Also, students must be admitted to an art major and pursuing either a BFA studio art degree with a emphasis in graphic design or another fine arts discipline, or a BA Art Degree or a BS Art Education Degree. Students pursuing a degree in art history are ineligible for this scholarship.
William Ellingson Art Scholarship
The William Ellingson Art Scholarship is funded by a gift from a former Professor of Printmaking at St. Cloud State University. He sponsored international print exhibitions in Scotland, West Germany and Canada, had his own work exhibited in local, regional and national exhibitions, and has work in numerous permanent collections.
Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students majoring in art.
Ralph Heimdahl Art Scholarship
The Ralph Heimdahl Art Scholarship is funded by a gift from a former Professor of Art at St. Cloud State University. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1966. He began the ”Bugs Bunny” comic strip for Warner Brothers and Western Publishing in 1948.
Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students (juniors or seniors) majoring in art with an emphasis in drawing.
Nancy Levy Memorial Scholarship in Art History
This scholarship honors former SCSU professor Nancy Levy. Dr. Nancy Levy taught Art History at SCSU from September, 1992 until her passing in 2010. She is fondly remembered as a wonderfully informed and enthusiastic professor. She not only brought her deep knowledge and learning of the subject of Art History to her students, but her joy and delight in imparting this knowledge inspired many to enter the field over the years. It is hoped the scholarship honoring her memory will help enrich the lives of those students who become its future recipients.
Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students with an art history major or will have completed at least one upper-division course in art history when the scholarship is disbursed. Students must submit a brief essay expressing their interest in art history and financial need as relates to the cost of pursuing a degree in art (books, art supplies, etc). Priority is given to art history majors but will not exclude non art history majors in the selection process.
May Bowle Art Scholarship
Funds derived from the May Bowle, a charity dance held each Spring at either St. Cloud State University, College of St. Benedict, or St. John’s University. Proceeds from the event go toward fine arts scholarships at the three schools.
Scholarships are awarded to undergraduates, incoming freshmen and/or transfer students.
Merle Sykora Art Scholarship
The Merle Sykora Art Scholarship is funded by a gift from a Professor Emeritus of Art at St. Cloud State University. Nationally known for his textiles and weavings, Merle has had over 60 exhibitions and over 40 commissioned pieces. The academic banners used in every undergraduate commencement ceremony at the St Cloud State University campus were designed by Merle. Merle’s interest in the Czech Republic has lasted his entire lifetime. This fund is created in recognition of a career dedicated to advancing the fine arts for the benefit of students at St Cloud State University.
Scholarship recipients must have completed the first-year foundations program and are pursuing a degree in BS Art Education, BA in Art, or a BFA in one of the Fine Arts area of emphasis. Students majoring in graphic design or art history are not eligible to apply for this award. Preference will be given to students planning to study through the International Studies program, especially in the Czech Republic.