Art Scholarships

St. Olaf art scholarships are merit-based scholarships that are awarded to students with exceptional art talent. Students may also qualify for additional need-based aid, in which case the art scholarship is a component of the student’s financial aid package.

Scholarships of $6,000 per year are open to art majors and non-art majors. These are renewable scholarships that require an application and the recommendation of the studio art faculty. Recipients are strongly encouraged to participate in a minimum of one studio art course per year. This merit-based award is potentially a $24,000 4-year scholarship.

Art scholarship applications for students planning to enter St. Olaf in the fall of 2015 are due December 15, 2014.  A student applying for an art scholarship must also submit an application for admission to the college. The college application must be submitted no later than January 15, 2015. Visit the admissions website for more information and to apply.

Instructions for students applying to enter St. Olaf in the fall of 2015

Complete your art scholarship application no later than December, 15, 2014, including the submission of 10 digital images of your work.

 The application process is closed. It will open in September, 2014.

Following the December 15, 2014 deadline, selected applicants will be invited to the Fine Arts Scholarship Day for an on-campus interview/portfolio review on February 27, 2015. This on-campus experience is an important part of the art scholarship application process and applicants are urged to make every effort to be here. If you are invited to attend but absolutely cannot please contact the Department of Art and Art History main office to make alternate arrangements (507-786-3248 or email Information about the Fine Arts Scholarship Day will be sent to invited applicants late January, 2015.

A note about the art portfolio review session during Fine Arts Scholarship Day:

If you are an art scholarship finalist you do not need to bring any artwork with you to campus. You will be showing work from your online portfolio that you submitted with your application. The faculty will guide all the finalists through an informal showing and discussion of their work.

Program Timeline

December 15, 2014
Your completed application must be received.

January 15, 2015
Your completed St. Olaf College Application for Admission must be on file in the Admissions Office.

Late January, 2015
Invitations to the Fine Arts Scholarship Day (February 27) will be sent to invited applicants.

February 27, 2015
Invited applicants will attend an on-campus interview/portfolio review with art faculty on Fine Arts Scholarship Day.

Late-March, 2015
Art Scholarship decisions are mailed

May 1, 2015
National Candidate Reply Date (date by which all students must respond to offers of college admission and to scholarship awards.)


Contact Us

Gwen Daniels
Academic Administrative Assistant
Department of Art and Art History
1520 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN 55057