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Art and graphic design portfolio review, scholarships

Every year, Augustana College offers merit-based scholarships for those students interested in studying art or graphic design. Students do not need to major or minor in art or graphic design in order to qualify.

The application process is simple and flexible: Just fill out the scholarship application form below and submit a portfolio of your original work so that you can schedule a scholarship portfolio review by members of the Augustana art faculty.

The review allows you to talk directly to Augustana art professors about your work (this year via remote video conference).

Augustana offers art scholarships up to $4,000, renewed annually, for students who declare a major or minor in art, graphic design or art education, or who complete two studio art or graphic design courses each year.

To apply for the scholarship, follow these steps:

1. Choose your portfolio review date

Portfolio reviews for high school seniors and transfer students will be held between 1-5 p.m. on these five Saturdays this academic year:

Nov. 14, 2020  (application deadline Nov. 1)
Dec. 12, 2020  (application deadline Nov. 28)
Jan. 16, 2021  (application deadline Jan. 2)
Feb. 13, 2021  (application deadline Jan. 31)
March 13, 2021  (application deadline Feb. 28)

You must submit your application with your portfolio at least two weeks in advance of your portfolio review date as indicated above. You will then be given an appointment time for that day and sent a link to join your review session with two Augustana art faculty via Zoom or Google Meet. Reviews typically take between 10 and 20 minutes.

We cannot review portfolios after March 13, 2021, and do not accept submissions via email. If you cannot attend the remote session for the review on any of these dates, contact Professor Kelvin Mason, 309-794-7596, for alternative accommodation.

2. Create a portfolio of your work

Students work in a vast array of diverse media and any and all are welcome. Feel free to submit between 6 and 12 original works in any media via the application form or through one of the other mechanisms outlined there.

The number of works in your portfolio doesn’t matter as much as the quality. Submit only what you consider to be your best work.

There are various ways to submit your work on the application form and the options are flexible to accommodate various working methodologies and processes.

You have several options on sending your portfolio for review:

1. Mail your portfolio on a flash drive or CD to: Augustana College Department of Art, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, Ill., 61201.

2. Submit the link to an online portfolio in the form below.

3. Attach the portfolio as one PDF file to the form below.

4. Attach the separate portfolio files to the form below.

All images should be in .jpg format if possible, however, video files, links to YouTube, or other types of electronic media are also acceptable.

3. Fill out the application form

When you are ready, fill out the form below. Please include all information in the required fields indicated so that Augustana has the information we need to process your scholarship application. You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of your application.

Questions? Please direct questions to Professor Kelvin Mason, 309-794-7596.