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Visual Arts Scholarships

 

At the end of each semester merit–based scholarships in the visual arts are awarded to several students in the form of tuition waivers or partial refunds of tuition. The amount of the waiver is contingent upon the total number of credit hours of enrollment for the term during which the application is submitted. The greater the credits, the more the funds awarded.

Eligibility
Current visual arts students who are paying tuition are eligible to apply. Students do not need to be registered as degree seeking, but should be interested in continuing their study of art at PVCC (it is recommended that students indicate which art courses they are planning to take the following semester on their application).

Application process
The scholarships are merit-based; no demonstration of financial need is required. The application form is available for download on this webpage. Students need to bring an official form of identification such as a state driver’s license, along with the following application materials: a digital portfolio of ten original artworks, a resume, and brief statement of intention to the fine and performing arts reception desk by the deadline for consideration. All application materials may be digitized and presented on a disk or drive. Fall deadline is 12 noon the last Friday of October. Spring deadline is 12 noon the first Monday in April. Submissions are reviewed by the art program directors and evaluated on the basis of skill, creativity, and dedication. There is a limited amount of funds and the process is competitive.

Fine and performing arts division scholarships
In addition to the visual arts scholarships, the Fine and Performing Arts division awards several merit–based prizes each spring by faculty nomination: “The Fine and Performing Arts Division Scholarship” and “The Gene Rister Award for the Most Outstanding Student in the Division”. Students may not apply for these awards,  unless invited by a faculty member to do so. All scholarship recipients are honored in a spring ceremony in the Center for the Performing Arts.

Who is eligible to apply?

Current visual arts students who have already taken one or more studio art course at the Maricopa Community Colleges.

How do I apply?

Download the above listed application form, fill it out and submit to the Fine and Performing Arts secretaries (first floor M building East) along with 10 jpeg's of your recent work and a brief statement of purpose.

When do I apply?

The fall deadline is 12pm/noon, the last Friday of October. The spring deadline is 5pm, the first Monday in April.

What are the selection criteria?

Recipients demonstrate a passion and purpose for their art with work done beyond class assignments.The work should indicate a measure of skill.

This award carries a prize of full-tuition for the next academic year. This award is by faculty nomination only. Upon request, candidates must submit a 250 word artist statement to the jurors.

Nominations are based on recognized achievement in the following areas:
• Excellence in the classroom
• Fostering of creativity and collaboration on campus
• Development of personal awareness and aesthetics
• Respect for others and tolerance of diverse opinions
• Creative problem solving

Criteria for the Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship:
• Full-time enrollment with officially declared major in a Fine and Performing Arts discipline
• A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
• Completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours by the end of the award semester
• Continuing, Degree–seeking student for the following year

This award carries a significant prize contingent upon funds raised annually by the department.

Nominations are based on recognized achievement in the following areas:
• A comprehensive commitment to creativity and collaboration
• An interdisciplinary approach to the creation of artwork
• Work of significant impact to the quality of learning at PVCC

Criteria for The Gene Rister Award for the Most Outstanding Student:
• Full-time enrollment with officially declared major in a Fine and Performing Arts discipline
• A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
• Completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours by the end of the award semester