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Carthage offers a number of competitive scholarships to prospective studio art, art education, and art history majors. Two new scholarships are now available for minors in Photography and Film and New Media.

How to Apply

To apply, review the details for each section below and then use the online application form.  You will receive a confirmation with review details from  Keep this email for reference as it is the only confirmation you will receive.

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Studio art and art education scholarships are awarded based upon a review of the applicant’s art portfolio by members of the Art Department faculty. Art history scholarships are awarded based upon an interview with Art Department faculty, an essay, and additional writing sample(s). The results of all interviews and portfolio reviews will be included in the applicant’s financial aid package developed in March by the Office of Financial Aid. 

Carthage now offers minors in Photography and Film and New Media. Learn more about scholarship opportunities in those minors. 

Art Scholarship Days 

Interviews and portfolio review dates for 2021 are February 13, 20 and 27. Due to COVID-19, auditions may switch from an in-person format to a virtual format.  Please be prepared for this possibility.  If your interview is virtual you will need to upload your portfolio to DropBox or provide a link to a website. Details will be communicated through the email address.

Art History Interview

Applicants applying for an art history scholarship at Carthage must complete an on-campus interview with art faculty. In addition, the applicant will write an impromptu essay while on-campus. 

What to bring to your interview:

  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation (preferably from a teacher or mentor)
  • 1-3 writing samples. These may be writings from a course such as art history, history, or English, etc. The writings also may be from outside school work.

Studio Art and Art Education Portfolio Review

Applicants applying for a studio art or art education scholarship at Carthage must present a portfolio of their artwork at an on-campus interview with art faculty. 

What to bring to your portfolio review:

  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation (preferably from a teacher or mentor)
  • Physical portfolio (please, as much as possible, bring the actual artworks)
  • Optional digital portfolio (all digital portfolios may be uploaded to DropBox.  See below for details)

The portfolio should consist of a minimum of 15 of your best art pieces in a variety of media. Come prepared to unpack your works and answer questions about them in a one-on-one discussion with an Art Department faculty member. Please bring your actual artworks to your portfolio review. In addition, you may upload a digital copy of the art works (in .jpg format) to at least three days before your scheduled portfolio review. When you upload your images, please include a text document with information about each piece in your portfolio, including title, date, medium, and size.

The following suggestions will help you in the selection of your work

  • Have an art teacher or mentor help you to choose your best and most representative works. This work should represent a mature approach to applying basic art principles.
  • The portfolio should demonstrate the breadth of accomplishment in different media such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, clay, metal, wood, etc. It is recommended that the portfolio include the variety of media that the applicant has studied.
  • Works that are too large to be brought to Carthage may be represented in the digital portfolio using Dropbox.
  • If you have a lot of your work in sketchbooks, please bring those to your review.

How to use Dropbox

  • If you do not already have a Dropbox account, go to and create a free account.
  • Log onto your account at and click the “new folder” icon to create a new folder for your portfolio. Give it a name, for instance, “Carthage Scholarship - Your Name.”
  • Now click on your new folder to get inside of it. Now you may either drag and drop your .jpg files, or click the “Upload” icon.
  • To share your folder with Carthage faculty, click the “Sharing” icon.
  • Choose your Carthage Scholarship portfolio.
  • In the address box, type:


For more information, contact the Fine Arts Division at or 262-551-5859.

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