Financial Aid and Tuition

Art Scholarships

We offer promising students—art majors and non-art majors alike—a limited number of renewable art scholarships of up to $1,000 annually. Art scholarships are offered in addition to other scholarships and grants, and are renewable for four years.

Students awarded a North Park art scholarship must:

  • Register for at least 4 semester hours of art courses per year (16 semester hours over four years) or complete an art minor (20 semester hours over four years).
  • Register for one semester of ART 2000: Creative Guild for either zero or one semester hour each year.
  • Maintain appropriate academic standing (overall grade point average of 2.0).
  • Be recommended for renewal by the art faculty.

Application Requirements:

  1.  Acceptance to North Park University. To be eligible to receive scholarship, you must be accepted to the University (as a first-year or transfer student) and enrolled full-time (12 or more semester hours) starting in Fall 2019. Acceptance to the University prior to scheduling a portfolio review is preferred, but students who have submitted an application may also be scheduled. Complete an application to North Park University at
  2. Complete the Art Scholarship Application.

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  3. Schedule a Portfolio Review. We encourage applicants to attend an on-campus portfolio review. If an on-campus portfolio review is not possible an electronic application may be submitted. Please see “Electronic Portfolio Requirements” below.

On-Campus Portfolio Review Requirements:

1. 10-15 original or digital images, sculptural objects, and/or video works that represent your strongest creative work.
2. A 200-300 word artist statement describing your conceptual and material interests and your artistic influences.

2020 Portfolio Review Dates

Saturday, November 9, 2019 (Application Deadline – Thursday, October 31, 2019)
Saturday, February 15, 2020 (Application Deadline – Monday, February 3, 2020)
Saturday, February 29, 2020 (Application Deadline – Friday, February 21, 2020)

The art department will continue to accept art scholarship applications, as funds remain. In lieu of an on-campus portfolio review, electronic applications may be submitted and must be received by March 1 for consideration. See the art scholarship application for directions on how to upload application materials.

Sample On-Campus Portfolio Day Schedule*

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Check-in
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. One-on-one Portfolio Reviews
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch with the art faculty
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Campus tour (optional)

*Parents/guardians are welcome to attend the welcome and lunch. A financial aid session and campus tour may also be available.

Electronic Portfolio Requirements:

The art department must receive electronic submissions by Friday, March 1. Materials should be uploaded to the art scholarship application.

  1. 10-15 images in jpg or pdf format, that represent your strongest creative work in any medium. You may represent yourself by work in more than one media.
  2. A 400-500 word essay. The essay should be written in the form of a letter to an artist whose work influences you. The artist can be alive or dead, famous or local. Imagine what you would want to tell them about what their work has taught you. Also, consider what questions you would have for that artist. Your questions may be either about their work or looking for their advice as an artistic mentor.
  3. An image list with work title, medium, dimensions, and date of production.

Art scholarship notifications for on-campus portfolio reviews will be communicated two weeks following each audition date and by April 15th for students who submit electronically.

Questions about the application and portfolio review process may be directed to the School of Music, Art, and Theatre Admissions Counselor, Erin Matonte, or Director of Operations, Rebecca Ryan.

*Art Scholarship awards may be combined with other gift aid such as academic scholarships, grants, etc., however, total gift aid, including Federal and State aid, may not exceed the cost of tuition at North Park University.