University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Art & Design Scholarships for Sophomores

Student Status and Eligibility
Scholarship Competition
Announcement & Distribution of Awards
Awards Exhibition
Apply Online

Sophomore Competition 2015

Deadline: Monday, February 2, 2015

In the spring of 2014, the Department of Art & Design awarded over 35 scholarships to undergraduates through its annual competitions for sophomores and juniors. The total amount awarded was over $30,000.

Students with sophomore standing are eligible for general scholarships (the Elsa Ulbricht Memorial Scholarship, the Ester C. Waldheim Scholarship, the Frederick R. Layton Scholarships, the Lawrence Rathsack Scholarship, the Mary E. Van Deven Memorial Scholarship, the Rorabeck Memorial Scholarship, the Art & Design Scholarship and the Alumni Scholarship). In the 2015-2016 year, only for Sophomore Status Art Majors, is the Sketchbook Award Competition. Sophomore Status Art Majors wishing to be considered for the Sketchbook Competition need to apply and plan to submit their sketchbook at the time of the competition in February 2015.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, a faculty jury will award approximately half of the total scholarship funds available to sophomore and junior students: students in the middle of their course of study who have completed their Art & Design First Year Program requirements but have not yet reached their senior year. Individual scholarship awards will range from $250 to $2,500.

Students with Sophomore standing who wish to be considered for a scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year must complete an online application AND participate in the Sophomore Art Scholarship Competition scheduled for February 2015. Begin by CAREFULLY reading the guidelines and directions on this page and then fill in the online application below.

Remember, the only way to guarantee that you will not be awarded a scholarship is to fail to apply! Think of this as a good opportunity to see your own work from the audience's perspective.

All questions and concerns about the scholarship process, student status or the Sophomore Scholarship Competition should be directed to the scholarship committee through


Good luck!
The Scholarship Committee


Student Status & Eligibility

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be:

  • Majoring in the Department of Art & Design
  • Of Sophomore student status (see Determining Your Status)
  • Overall GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Enrolled for the spring 2015 semester as a full time student with a minimum of 6 course credits in Art & Design

Students may receive a scholarship in the Sophomore status category once. However, if you apply and don't receive a scholarship in the Sophomore status category, and are still eligible by credit hour count the following year, you may apply again in that category.

Determining Your Status
Students who have completed approximately 19-38 Department of Art & Design credits. These credits may include Art Survey; Art History credits do not apply.

Students must confirm their status by accessing their unofficial transcript on PAWS:

Count credits through Fall 2014 (do not include spring courses). If you are only minimally over the credit limit in this category, contact the scholarship committee through for a ruling before you submit the online application.


Scholarship Competition

Presentation of your work is left to your discretion, however, the jurors expect to see Sophomore level work in the Sophomore competition. If you have concerns about what work to present, ask a faculty member.

And remember, if you enter, please put your work up. Some other student might have wanted that space!

Installation, Jurying & De-installation
Installation: Monday & Tuesday, February 16 & 17, 9 am-5 pm
Jurying: Wednesday & Thursday, February 18 & 19, 9 am-6:30 pm
De-installation: Friday, February 20, 9 am-5 pm
Note: You will be charged $10/day if you do not pick up your work during the de-installation time.

Location of Gallery
The Arts Center Gallery is located on the second floor of the Arts Center. A campus map is located at

Gallery Space Allotment
If you apply for the competition, assume you are exhibiting work unless notified otherwise (you will not receive confirmation from the Scholarship Committee).

Gallery space will be assigned on the day of installation and posted in the gallery. Bring your work on the appropriate date(s). There will be a list of names with their assigned spaces. In addition, students' names will be on each space. Student name tag must remain on assigned space during the competition.

Each applicant will have the choice of either a wall space 6 feet wide (and high as you like, though work may not protrude more than 2 feet from the wall); or a floor space 6 feet square. Floor space is limited and must be requested in advance. We cannot accommodate assigning both wall and floor space. Applicants using floor space must supply their own pedestals.

Arts Center Gallery Guidelines

All applicants must abide by the following Arts Center Gallery Guidelines when installing their work:

  1. Students must deliver and install work on time.
  2. Students must remove all works on time. You will be charged $10/day if your work is not picked up during deinstallation time.
  3. Students must bring their own tools and nails.
  4. Any special installation needs are the responsibility of each student, and may require prior approval.
  5. Students must dispose of any debris they bring into the gallery.
  6. Arts Center Gallery staff are responsible for all lighting.
  7. Under no circumstances may students supply their own lighting.
  8. Students must supply their own pedestals.
  9. Work must be securely hung. If work is not hung properly, the gallery retains the right to remove the work from competition. Tape should not be used for attaching to flat walls.
  10. De-installation: You must leave the space in the same (or better) condition in which you found it.
  11. If you have any special request or questions concerning installation and/or de-installation please contact:
  12. Do not move to another space without Scholarship Committee permission. Please do not infringe on other students' spaces.
  13. Students must keep name slip with number on wall or floor space for identification purposes.


All online applications must be submitted by 5 pm on Monday, February 2, 2015.


Announcement & Distribution of Awards

Scholarship recipients will be announced in April 2015. The department will review transcripts before awards are made to insure accuracy of all winning applications.

Scholarships are disbursed in two payments, one for each semester of the 2015-2016 academic year. Scholarship recipients who do not remain enrolled full-time and in at least 6 course credits in Art & Design each semester at UWM during the 2015-2016 academic year may forfeit all or part of their scholarship.


Awards Exhibition

All 2015 scholarship recipients must participate in Crossing Over, the annual scholarship/fellowship exhibition to be held in the Student Union Art Gallery in October 2015.


Apply Online

Apply online at the following link:

NOTE: You will need the following information when completing the application:
1 - # of completed UWM credits through Fall 2014 (per course history in PAWS)
2 - Overall (cumulative) Grade Point Average (including Fall 2014 courses)
3 - # of completed credits only in Art & Design Courses including Fall 2014 (per course history in PAWS)
4 – Grade Point Average of Art & Design Courses completed (including Fall 2014 courses)

Application deadline: Monday, February 2, 2015 at 11:59pm.