Scholarships & Awards

The Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education offers a variety of scholarships based on merit and/or need for incoming freshman or existing students.  The Department also gives awards annually at the senior and juried student exhibitions that take place each Spring.

Applying for a Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded based on need, merit and/or portfolio submission. In early 2019,  current students will be able to find scholarships for which they qualify in an online system. An announcement will be made at that time with more information on the system and how it will work.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact:  Professor Nora Sturges-Chair, Scholarship Committee, Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education.   Email: .

High School by-portfolio-review Scholarship

The Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education offers outstanding high school students a scholarship based on portfolio review.

Each fall, the department asks Maryland high schools to nominate up to two outstanding seniors to compete for Towson University’s Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education Scholarships. Upon their recommendation, these nominees are invited to compete for art scholarships by having their portfolios reviewed. The Department of Art + Design faculty evaluate the portfolios and award the top portfolios a Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education Scholarship, in varying amounts. These rewards are renewable for a total of four years of undergraduate study at Towson for Art + Design and Art History or five years for Art Education.  The students must remain a continuous full-time declared Art + Design, Art History or Art Education major and maintains a high cumulative GPA.

Participating high schools submit their nominations in early January.  Nominated students are invited to participate by sending their portfolio to the Department of Art + Design in February.  Participants are notified in March of the results. For more information, please contact Academic Program Coordinator, Ginger Ross at or 410-704-3639.