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. This renewable merit-based award is potentially a $24,000 4-year scholarship. Recipients are strongly encouraged to participate in a minimum of one studio art course per year.

Art scholarship applications for students planning to enter St. Olaf in the fall of 2017 are due December 15, 2016.  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, 2017. Visit the admissions website for more information and to apply.



Program Timeline

September – December 15, 2016
Online application process open

December 15, 2016
Completed art scholarship application must be received.

January 15, 2017
Completed St. Olaf College Application for Admission must be on file in the Admissions Office.

Late January, 2017
Invitations to the Fine Arts Scholarship Program (February 26) will be sent to invited applicants.

February 24, 2017
Invited applicants will attend an on-campus portfolio review session with art faculty for the Fine Arts Scholarship Program.

A note about the art portfolio review session during the Fine Arts Scholarship Program:
If you are an art scholarship finalist and invited to the Fine Arts Scholarship Day on Feb. 24, 2017 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 portfolio sharing session is an opportunity for applicants to show and discuss their work in a friendly setting. This is not a critique session. It is a group exercise with all applicants and St. Olaf studio faculty present. Each applicant will have about 2 to 3 minutes to present one piece of their choosing. After the presentations there will be time for questions by applicants and faculty. Each applicant will pre-select the piece they wish to present from the set of images they submitted for their application when they RSVP for Fine Arts Scholarship Day. Applicants do not need to bring actual work or additional digital images to campus.

Late-March, 2017
Art Scholarship decisions are mailed

May 1, 2017
National Candidate Reply Date (date by which all students must respond to offers of college admission and to scholarship awards.)

Contact Us

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