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 2016

Deadline: Monday, February 2, 2016
(No late entries will be allowed)

In the spring of 2015, 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 and scholarships that consider need as based on FAFSA information. Sophomore scholarships include:

  • Elsa Ulbricht Memorial Scholarship
  • Ester C. Waldheim Scholarship*
  • Frederick R. Layton Scholarships
  • Lawrence Rathsack Scholarship
  • Mary E. Van Deven Memorial Scholarship
  • Rorabeck Memorial Scholarship
  • Art & Design Scholarship and the Alumni Scholarship

(* Rotates among PSOA departments annually)

Individual scholarship awards will range from $250 to $2,500.

Students with Sophomore standing who wish to be considered for a scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year must complete an online application AND participate in the Sophomore Art Scholarship Competition scheduled for February 2016. Begin by CAREFULLY reading the guidelines and directions on this page and then fill in the online application below.

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:

  • Major in the Department of Art & Design
  • Have Sophomore student status (see Determining Your Status)
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Be enrolled for the spring 2016 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 2015 (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.

Installation, Jurying & De-installation
Installation: Thursday & Friday, February 11 & 12, 9 am-5 pm
Jurying: Monday & Tuesday, February 15 & 16, 9 am-6:30 pm
De-installation: Wednesday, February 17, 9 am-5 pm
Note: You will be charged $10/day if you do not pick up your work during the de-installation time. Work remaining after March 1 will be discarded.

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 additional 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). Your space will be marked with a numbered nametag that needs to remain part of the display through jurying.

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, 2016.


Announcement & Distribution of Awards

Scholarship recipients will be announced in April 2016. 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 2016-2017 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 2016-2017 academic year may forfeit all or part of their scholarship. General sophomore and Junior scholarships cannot be applied to semesters abroad or held until a student’s return.


Awards Exhibition

Crossing Over is the annual exhibit celebrating scholarship recipients. However, in order to ensure that this is a quality exhibit each scholarship recipient must participate.

The 2016 scholarship/fellowship exhibition will be held in the Student Union Art Gallery in October 2016. Materials planning for the exhibit will be sent September 2016. Scholarship recipients who do not participate in this exhibit may forfeit all or part of their scholarship.


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 2015 (per course history in PAWS)
2 - Overall (cumulative) Grade Point Average (including Fall 2015 courses)
3 - # of completed credits only in Art & Design Courses including Fall 2015 (per course history in PAWS)
4 – Grade Point Average of Art & Design Courses completed (including Fall 2015 courses)

Application deadline: Monday, February 2, 2016 at 11:59pm.