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Please contact the Office of Academic Advisement for more information:

Valerie Brooks Wallin, Academic Advisor
vlbrooks@siu.edu 
618/453-4313


New and Incoming Undergraduate Student Scholarships

Incoming students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships in the School of Art and Design and the University. The scholarships and their respective requirements for application are itemized below:

  1. Academic Scholarships for partial tuition waivers are awarded by the Office of Records and Registration. Awards are based on high achievement on the American College Testing (ACT) Program Assessment Test. Any student with a score of 26 or higher on the ACT and/or who ranks in the top 10% of his or her high school class is invited to compete for these scholarships. For an application contact Undergraduate Admissions, Mailcode 4701, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL 62901 (618/536-4405).

  2. Talent Scholarship for partial tuition waivers, awarded by the School of Art and Design. Awards are based on portfolio evaluation. Students interested in competing for these scholarships must have the following on file by March 15:

    1. Application for admission to Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

    2. SIU School of Art and Design Talent Scholarship Application. Access to this online application requires applicants to sign-in/login to SlideRoom. Completion of this application requires uploads including portfolio of applicant's art work (12–15 samples), a cover letter that includes a statement of plan of study, a biography or resume, and request of two (2) letters of recommendation from persons who best know the student's work (usually his or her instructors).

    • John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell Foundation Awards (Mt. Vernon, IL): Two special Mitchell Scholarship monetary awards will be awarded by the School of Art and Design for the academic year. To be eligible for these scholarships, students must reside in one of the lower 34 counties of Illinois.

    • Minority Award: At least one of the Talent or Mitchell Scholarships will be awarded to a member of a traditional underrepresented group.

  1. Art History Endowment Scholarships are intended for incoming students interested in an art history major.
    Application (download pdf)

A complete list of University and College of Liberal Arts scholarships is available from the Financial Aid Office website.


Continuing Undergraduate Student Scholarships

  1. Art History Endowment Scholarships are intended for students pursuing art history major.
    Application (download pdf)

  2. Windgate Charitable Foundation Scholarships and Grant Awards are intended to support art and design students who are looking to further develop or enhance the skills he/she has learned at the School of Art and Design. Please read each description clearly, and be sure to include all the required material. One application cannot be used for multiple awards.

    Starting Spring 2016, all applications will be through D2L. See the instructions listed in section D below.

    1. Windgate Charitable Foundation Educational Enrichment scholarships are awarded to an Art or Design major studying at Hospitalfield or other study abroad program requiring SIUC tuition. Will also consider off-campus, non-international programs as well. Award varies. Completion of this application requires uploads including application, statement of goals/objectives, resume, and a Study Abroad/off-campus proposal (should include outcome/benefit). See section D below. Due March 15th.

    2. Windgate Charitable Foundation Educational Opportunity scholarships are awarded to current students majoring in Art or Design who demonstrate talent, effort, and need. Award varies. Completion of this application requires uploads including application, statement of goals/objectives, portfolio, and statement of need. See section D below. Due October 15th and March 15th.

    3. Windgate Charitable Foundation Undergraduate Research grants are awarded to current students majoring in Art or Design to offset research expenses (materials, publications, etc.) or the costs of study at specialized institutions other than SIUC (e.g. Penland, Pilchuck, Smithsonian Institution). Award varies. Completion of this application requires uploads including application, research proposal (to include what, where, etc.), resume, overall budget (especially including materials), outcome/benefit statement (other than BFA exhibition), and statement in support of larger research goals. See section D below. Due October 15th and March 15th.

    4. Windgate Charitable Foundation Scholarships and Grant application procedures. Here’s how to register:

      1. Go to: online.siu.edu

      2. To login, click on the “SIU Account Login” button.

      3. In the maroon navigation bar, click “Help.”

      4. In the drop-down menu, select “Special Activities.”

      5. On the “Register for Special Activities” page, click the link: “Windgate Charitable Foundation Awards”

      6. Click the “Register” button in lower-right corner.

      7. Your information will auto-fill in the registration form. Click the “Submit” button in lower-right corner.

      8. Finally, click the “Finish” button in lower-right corner.

      9. You can go directly to the course by clicking on the course link displayed in the center screen or click “Done” to start the course at a later date.

      10. You can access the course at any time by logging in to SIUonline and clicking the course link under your “Courses” list located under the “Spring 2016” Semester category.

  3. Celine A. Chu Scholarship. Awarded to a current student majoring in Painting.
    Application
    .

  4. Professor Steven Belletire Design Scholarship. Awarded to one Industrial Design and one Communication Design major completing their 300-level design studio courses and continuing as full-time SoAD students the coming Fall semester. Complete the following forms of application and send both electronically to Design Area Head, Professor Rob Lopez at roblopez@siu.edu by noon on March 25, 2016:
    Application
    Addendum

McNair Scholars Program
Applications are available at mcnair.siu.edu. Please email rseymour@siu.edu or visit their office in Woody Hall B145 if you have questions.

Office of Major Scholarship Advisement
The Office of Major Scholarship Advisement (OMSA) provides advising and application assistance for all Southern Illinois University Carbondale students interested in pursuing nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships.


Undergraduate Fellowships

Windgate Fellowship Award
$15,000 for graduating seniors

One of the largest awards offered nationally to art students, the Windgate Fellowship Award was established to encourage and advance the development of serious, innovative artists in the United States whose work is in some way related to, or informed by, the process, material, traditions and/or sensibilities of craft. SIUC is one of only 100 schools invited to participate in the competition. We will nominate two graduating seniors with exemplary skill in craft to compete nationally for this award.

Students interested in applying should meet with a faculty member in their area of specialization to discuss the application and nomination process. Apply to be nominated by submitting:

       1. An artist’s statement
       2. A CD with 10 images of your work
       3. A résumé with any exhibitions, academic/artistic honors, or other relevant
       achievements
       4. An unofficial transcript of your coursework at SIUC

Applications for nomination are due to the Advisement Office (Allyn 103) by the first week of November.  Please contact the Advisement Office for specific dates. Undergraduate students graduating between December and August are eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or in the process of becoming a citizen.

This list of scholarships, fellowships, grants, and internships although comprehensive, is not exhaustive. Please note that most of the competitions are annual, with the deadlines usually occurring approximately the same date each year. Always be sure to verify the current deadlines and eligibility requirements prior to submitting an application. Be certain to check for citizenship requirements, as in many cases U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.


Financial Aid

Students admitted to SIUC are eligible for financial aid. There are basic regulations that relate to these awards. Information regarding the federal work-study program and loans may be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Office.





Graduate

For more information contact:

Jerry Monteith, Head of Graduate Studies
monteith@siu.edu 
618/453-4313


Financial assistance is available to qualified students in all fields of study in the form of:

  1. Graduate Assistantships (where one serves as a classroom teacher or assistant, as a research assistant, or as an administrative assistant)

  2. Fellowships or Traineeships

  3. Scholarships

  4. Federal Work-Study Programs

  5. Loans (there are basic regulations that relate to these awards)

  6. Windgate Charitable Foundation Graduate Research Grants are awarded to current graduate students in the SIU School of Art and Design to offset research expenses (materials, publications, etc.) or the costs of study at specialized institutions other than SIU (e.g. Penland, Pilchuck, Smithsonian Institution). Amount of award varies. Due October 15 and March 15.

    • Windgate Graduate Research Grant Application. Access to this online application requires applicants to sign-in/login to SlideRoom. Completion of this application requires uploads including research proposal (identifying what, where, etc.), resume, itemized budget, outcome/benefit statement (other than MFA Thesis exhibition), larger research goals statement, and as many as 5 examples of work.

Students should make application for graduate assistantships, fellowships, or traineeships through the department to which they have been admitted. Information and application forms for the tuition scholarship program may be obtained from the Graduate School office. Information regarding the federal work-study program and loans may be obtained by contacting the SIUC Financial Aid Office.


Professional Development Fellowships

CAA (College Art Association) awards five Professional Development Fellowships in the Visual Arts of $5,000 each to outstanding students who will receive MFA degrees. Eligibility requirements and application guidelines will be available on the CAA website. These are annual awards. Deadline is typically early October.


Other Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships

Students interested in Graduate Fellowships/Scholarships should refer to the Graduate School’s website where further information may be found on the following fellowships:

  • Delyte and Dorothy Morris Doctoral Fellowship
  • Doctoral Fellowship
  • Graduate Dean's Fellowship
  • Master's Fellowship
  • Graduate Scholarships
  • Federal Work Study Graduate Assistantship
  • Graduate Assistantship
  • PROMPT Fellowship/Assistantship