Scholarships

To apply for a Fine Arts Scholarship, you must a) submit a Fine Arts Scholarship Application. b) Provide at least one letter of recommendation from an art instructor with whom you have recently studied. c) Submit a portfolio of your work for review by the Fine Arts faculty.  Students are able to submit a portfolio at Fall Open House, as well as other admission events. 

The awarding of scholarships is contingent upon admission and subsequent enrollment at OWU.  The scholarship is renewable for all four years provided the student:
1.  Maintains a major in Fine Arts
2.  Achieves a 3.25 fine arts grade point average by the end of the first year of study.  This minimal GPA must them be sustained throughout the sophomore, junior and senior years of study. 
3.  Achieve a 2.75 cumulative grade point average by the end of the second year of study.  This minimal GPA must be sustained throughout the sophomore, junior and senior years of study. 
4.  Achieves a favorable portfolio review at the end of each year of study.
5.  Maintains a high standard of participation in the various formal and informal activities in the Fine Arts Department.

The Financial Aid Office, in consultation with the Fine Arts Department, will administer the merit scholarship. The scholarship will be credited as a tuition waiver if you are not receiving need-based aid. In the event that you qualify for need-based financial assistance in excess of the scholarship, the Financial Aid Office will determine your total financial aid package, incorporating the fine art merit scholarship, grants (if applicable), loan and work/study. Fifty percent of the scholarship will be given in each of the two semesters.

It is expected that you will accept or reject the scholarship offer as soon as possible, but no later than May 1.

Dr. Jarvis and Madge Stewart Scholarships

The Dr. Jarvis and Madge Stewart Scholarships are established in the name of and to honor two distinguished members of the Ohio Wesleyan fine arts family. Dr. Jarvis Stewart was a member of the Department of Fine Arts from 1943 to 1980. He was department chairperson for 20 years. In 1974, he was the recipient of Ohio Wesleyan's Bishop Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award. Madge Stewart was a teacher in the Delaware City School system for many years as well as a longtime educator for the Columbus Museum of Art. Jarvis and Madge were a team. Their love of all types of art, their broad understanding of many of the world's cultures, and their genuine enjoyment of sharing their knowledge and experiences with students made them treasured members of the fine arts department and the larger Ohio Wesleyan community. Whether in the classroom or at the Stewart home, Ohio Wesleyan students always felt welcomed, fascinated, charmed, and challenged. The Stewarts helped students to see that knowing about art was a means to knowing about the wonder and richness of life.

It is most fitting that this scholarship, created through their bequest, will seek to further help students pursuing the study of the fine arts at Ohio Wesleyan University. At the discretion of the Department of Fine Arts, the income from this fund will be used to address three areas of scholarship need. The guidelines for awarding of the scholarships are as follows and shall be awarded by the Department of Fine Arts in conjunction with the Director of Financial Aid.

Guidelines for Awarding the Scholarship

This scholarship has been created for currently enrolled art majors who will be entering their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year. The award will be determined through an open competition and will be based on demonstrated creative and/or scholarly achievement and potential. The award is for one year and is renewable at the discretion of the Department of Fine Arts.

Need-Based Scholarship

This scholarship has been created for currently enrolled art majors entering their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of study who are not presently receiving the maximum amount of grant possible. This award is to assist those students whose creative and/or scholarly productivity exceeded those indices used when their eligibility for financial aid from Ohio Wesleyan University was first determined. The award will be granted through an open competition for eligible students and will be based on the quality of the work presented and demonstrated creative and/or scholarly achievement and potential. The award is for one year and is renewable at the discretion of the Department of Fine Arts.

Need- or Merit-Based Scholarship for Transfer Students

This scholarship is for students who transfer to Ohio Wesleyan University to become art majors irrespective of their year of entrance. Scholarships will be awarded after the student is admitted to Ohio Wesleyan University following a review of the student’s work by the Department of Fine Arts. Students who may have received this award are eligible to compete for the above two scholarships in subsequent years.

Marty Kalb Purchase Award

The Marty Kalb Purchase Award is established in the name of and to honor Marty J. Kalb. Mr. Kalb taught painting, drawing, and modern art history in the fine arts department for 40 years from 1967 to 2007. Marty had a distinguished career as a teacher and scholar, who favorably impacted the lives of countless art majors, and who enjoyed an international reputation for his painting and drawing. In 2004, Marty was the recipient of the Daniel E. Anderson Campus and Community Conscience Award, and in 2007 he received Ohio Wesleyan’s Bishop Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award.

It is most fitting that the funds made available from the Marty Kalb Purchase Award endowment will be used to honor those students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their work.

This award will be used to purchase paintings and drawings for the Marty Kalb Student Collection. All currently enrolled art majors who are in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year and who show their work in the annual Spring Juried Student Show or the Senior Exhibition will be considered for this award. For consideration of a purchase award, student art work must be nominated by a member of the fine arts faculty. Each purchase decision will be made by a majority vote of the fine arts faculty. All work purchased for inclusion in the collection will be displayed in the buildings of Ohio Wesleyan University at the discretion of the Department of Fine Arts.

Annual Awards

These awards and scholarships are awarded in the spring of each year to our most outstanding students. As faculty, we hold these awards and scholarships in very high regard and we have high esteem for those individuals who have made these available to our students. Though we are saddened by the loss of those individuals who are honored in memorial, the awarding of each of these prizes makes a clear statement of recognition of high achievement to the recipient. In honor of those who have made these awards and scholarships possible, we offer our thanks and we set very high standards of all recipients.

To be honored with an award, a student must submit his or her portfolio, research papers, and transcript to the department in May of each school year. After careful examination and consideration, the fine arts faculty give each award only to those students who display outstanding achievement.

The Annie Rogers Rusk Prize in Art
This Prize in Art is awarded to an art major showing distinction in studio art, preferably painting. This $500 award is granted to a student who will be entering his or her sophomore, junior or senior year.

The Dorothy Getz Fellowship
This fellowship is awarded to an art major who has demonstrated outstanding work in both Fine Arts and academic work at Ohio Wesleyan. This $500 award is granted to a student who will be entering his or her sophomore, junior or senior year of study.

The Eloise King Shaw Special Recognition Award
This Special Recognition Award is awarded each year to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence in art history, preferably with special interest in the area(s) of painting, drawing, calligraphy or design. This $500 award is granted to a student who will be entering his or her sophomore, junior or senior year.

The Fairhurst Memorial Scholarship
This memorial scholarship is awarded to an art major currently enrolled at Ohio Wesleyan University who is already receiving financial aid or an incoming freshman who qualifies for financial aid. While the award does not reflect an increase in financial aid, it does express departmental recognition for outstanding work or artistic potential.

The Fine Arts Recognition Award
This recognition award is given to one or two art majors who will enter their sophomore or junior year These students must have demonstrated during their freshman and/or sophomore year(s) both outstanding productivity and significant potential for future development. The Fine Arts Recognition award can reduce the self-help portion of a student's aid package by as much as $500.

The Molly LaRue Memorial Art Award
This memorial award is given in memory of Molly LaRue. This is awarded to an art major showing distinction in studio art, preferably ceramics, metals and/or sculpture. This $500 award is granted to a student who will be entering his or her sophomore, junior or senior year.

The Paul W. Hawks Memorial Art Award
In memory of Paul Hawks, this award is given to an art major showing distinction in studio art, preferably photography. This $500 award is granted to a student who will be entering his or her sophomore, junior or senior year of study.

The Susan Conwell Memorial Art Award
This award is given in memory of Susan Conwell to an art student who has demonstrated significant achievement and the potential for continued creative production in more than one area of the fine arts program. This $500 award is granted to a student who will be entering his or her sophomore, junior or senior year of study.