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Incoming Freshman Scholarship

2017 Awards

Ashlynn Guo, Cookeville High School, Cookeville, Tennessee-$1000
Jill Culver, Olive Branch High School, Olive Branch, Mississippi-$1000

Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017 by 5:00pm

The School of Art offers scholarships in amounts up to $1000 to incoming freshmen seeking one of the following degrees: BA Art, BA Art History, BFA Graphic Design or BFA Studio Art.

Online Application

General Information

The School of Art Scholarship Committee awards scholarships for incoming Freshman students to the University of Tennessee School of Art.

Applicants are required to be accepted to the University of Tennessee as full-time students enrolled in the School of Art for the entire 2017-2018 academic school year. Scholarship monies will be divided between the Fall and Spring semester. All applicants must have a UT Net ID in order to submit an application.

If you have questions, contact the Scholarship Committee chairperson, Paul Lee,, 865.974.3407

Application Requirements

The online application for the Incoming Freshman Scholarship will require the following information (please have it prepared when you log-in to apply as you are not able to save your application to complete at a later date):

  • Contact information
  • Cumulative GPA
  • High school information
  • Degree intention
  • Cover letter that introduces you to the Scholarship committee, and includes your intentions for coming to the University of Tennessee to study at the School of Art.
  • Portfolio of 10 (MAXIMUM) digital images: must be smaller than 400kb in file size. Please ensure that the images are saved in JPEG format. You will need to provide a brief description of your ideas behind each piece of artwork. The School of Art is looking for work that indicates who you are as an artist, art historian, or designer. Please limit your description of each work to 80 words. Send the 10 JPEG images and artwork description to Professor Paul Lee, by the Friday March 24th, 2017 deadline.
  • Transcript acknowledgement – you will be asked to supply the date you requested your official transcript be sent from your high school.

Transcripts are required by the date indicated on the application. All transcripts should be sent to:

Scholarship Committee
The University of Tennessee
School of Art
1715 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-2410

Past Winners

2016: Margaret Stroud | Hannah Kearns

2015: Andrew Gordon | Kelly Moore

2014: Ellen Nikbakht | Ashley Hurst

2013: Joseph Barbour | Olivia Crawford

2012: Youn Lee | Reagan Long

2011: Lauryn Darby | Laura Patterson | Katie Morgan | Nicolas Tamas

2010: Rachel Clagett | Robert Kyle

2009: Sam Brinkley | Ellis Greer | Shelby Stults | Katherine Turnball

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