Awards & Scholarships
Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards
The Sara Jane Pyne Memorial Scholarship Fund in the Visual Arts
Established April 3, 1981, with her bequest. Income provides scholarships for deserving students in the following visual arts departments: Art, Art Education, History of Art and Industrial, Interior & Visual Communication Design.
Dr. Beverly Baer Endowed Scholarship Fund for Arts Education
Established February 7, 2003, by William D. and Thomas N. Baer. The annual income shall be used to provide a scholarship to a student majoring in Arts Education. The first preference shall be given to a female student majoring in Arts Education who is permanently disabled. The recipient will be chosen by the Undergraduate/Licensure Committee in consultation with the University Committee on Student Financial Aid. It is the donors' preference that this scholarship be awarded to an American citizen and that this student demonstrates a strong social consciousness for the application and utilization of art for the betterment of society. The second preference is that the scholarship be awarded to a student deemed eligible by the Undergraduate/Licensure Committee or the Graduate Committee in consultation with the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Aida Cannarsa Snow Endowment Fund in the College of the Arts
Established February 7, 2003, from her estate through The Foundation. Income provides need-based scholarships to undergraduates/graduates with a major or specialized interest in the Departments of Art, Arts Administration, Education and Policy, History of Art, Theatre or Dance.
Arts Undergraduate Research Scholarship
The Arts Undergraduate Research Scholarship is for students who are pursuing a degree in the ARTS (Art, Art Education, Dance, Design, History of Art, Theatre, Music, or the BA or BFA PSP in the arts) and will be working on a creative or research project by Autumn Semester of the last year of their major program. Annual Competitions happen in Autumn and Spring. The amount of the award varies from $500.00 to $7,000.00 depending on the quality of the proposal and fund availability. Please watch for emails concerning the deadline dates, or call the Arts and Humanities Associate Dean’s Office and ask for the Arts Honors Director, 614-292-2090.
Arts Undergraduate Research Scholarship Instructions, Proposal and Application Forms. [PDF]
Graduation With Distinction in the Arts
The Arts Graduation With Distinction recognition is for students who are pursuing a degree in the ARTS (Art, Art Education, Dance, Design, History of Art, Theatre, Music) and will be working on a creative or research project during the last year of their major program. The project must be steeped in the discipline’s creative process or research scholarship, and the student must have a committee of three tenure-track faculty members who will guide the student in his or her project and who serve on the one-hour oral examination committee. The With Distinction designation is open to any and all students majoring in the arts. If you need further information speak with your unit’s honors faculty representative or call the Arts and Humanities Associate Dean’s Office and ask for the Arts Honors Director, 292-2090.
Note: You do not have to be an honors student to apply.
Arts With Distinction Instruction and Forms. [PDF]
Arts With Distinction Certification Form (for the oral examination). [PDF]
Fergus Memorial Competition
The Edith Fergus Gilmore Materials and Scholarship Fund was established June 4, 1971 with gifts from Robert H. Fergus, John C. and Elizabeth O. Fergus, in honor of their mother and mother-in-law, Edith Fergus Gilmore (Mrs. Paul L.), Columbus, Ohio. The fund supports the annual competition for students pursuing a degree in the visual arts. Students receive a $1,000.00 dollar stipend and their work is exhibited in the Fergus Juried Exhibition in one of the galleries of Ohio State such as Hopkins Hall Gallery, Ohio Union Gallery, or Urban Arts Space. Winners of this prestigious award also have their artwork included in the biennially Fergus-Gilmore Catalogue published by the Ohio State University. If you are unsure of your eligibility, contact your department office prior to submitting to this competition. Recipients of this award must acknowledge Mrs. Elizabeth Fergus-Jean through a written thank you note, and where appropriate, in programs or presentations, must be acknowledged publicly for the fund’s support of the Arts at Ohio State.
Application form for the Fergus Memorial Competition
William and Dolly (Ardath) Saxbe Endowed Fund for the Arts
The William and Dolly (Ardath) Saxbe Endowed Fund for the Arts was established February 5, 1999, with a gift from William B. and Ardath L. (Dolly) Saxbe of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. The annual income shall be used to support priorities and initiatives in the Arts. The current initiative will be to fund undergraduate travel in the arts for undergraduate students traveling to perform, create, present, conduct research, or conduct creative scholarship in the arts. Recipients of this award must acknowledge Mr. and Mrs. Saxbe through a written thank you note, and where appropriate, in programs or presentations, must be acknowledged publicly for their support of the Arts at Ohio State.
Application for William and Dolly Saxbe Endowed Fund for the Arts. [PDF]
The Margaret Noell Kindberg Memorial Fund for the Arts
The Margaret Noell Kindberg Memorial Fund was established September 22, 2006, with gifts from Jon L. Kindberg (B.A., 1971) in memory of Margaret Noell Kindberg (B.S., 1957; M.A., 1960; Ph.D., 1970). The annual income shall be used primarily to support travel opportunities for students in the Arts. Funds may also be used to provide assistance to an Arts student experiencing a financial hardship. Recipients of this award must acknowledge Mr. Kindberg through a written thank you note, and where appropriate, in programs or presentations, must be acknowledged publicly for the fund’s support of the Arts at Ohio State.
Application for Margaret Noell Kindberg Memorial Fund for the Arts. [PDF]
Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Colloquium
Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Colloquium takes place in the Grand Lounge of the Faculty Club every Spring. Students majoring in any discipline within Arts and Humanities are invited to present research projects, artwork, performances, and creative activities at this event. Winners of scholarships are recognized as we celebrate undergraduate achievement at this ceremony and reception with faculty, staff, students, parents, and the local community.
Projects may be presented in five-minute oral or performance versions, or as poster or visual presentations. Participants are chosen based on the clarity, strength of scholarly or creative activity, and relevance of their proposals.
Application for Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Colloquium [PDF]. Please watch for emails about due dates for applications or call 292-2090
More Arts & Humanities Funding Opportunities
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Graduate Scholarships and Awards
The Marylou and Ernestine Kuhn Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established March 2, 2001 by Dr. Marylou Kuhn. The annual income shall be used to provide scholarships for women graduate students in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy. This scholarship is typically awarded to one new student in Art Education by the Graduate Studies Committee. Students cannot apply for this scholarship. The Graduate Studies Committee makes their selection after all admissions applications have been reviewed. Current students may be considered under special circumstances.
The Manuel Barkan Endowed Fellowship Fund
Established August 30, 1995, by Theresa (Toby) Barkan Willits through The Foundation. The annual income shall be used to support the academic and living expenses of a graduate student in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy who is completing the dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Applicants will have fulfilled all course work, passed all preliminary exams, and had the dissertation research proposal or plan approved. They will also be full-time students,unless work type and hours have been approved by the advisor. With approved outside work, they should devote not less than 50% of time to completion of the dissertation. It is anticipated that the doctoral degree will be received at the end of the fellowship year.
The Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Dissertation Fellowship
The purpose of the Barnett Dissertation Fellowship is to assist advanced doctoral students specializing in Cultural Policy and Arts Management to finish their dissertation and launch their professional careers. Fellowship support will be available each academic year to be awarded to one or more students. The fellowship will cover at least one and no more than two consecutive terms per student depending on the timeline to dissertation defense. The award will cover tuition, most fees, and provide a stipend for the award period. Interested students must satisfy the eligibility requirements. The award will cover tuition, most fees, and provide a stipend for the award period. Interested students must satisfy the eligibility requirements.
Barnett Dissertation Fellowship [PDF]
CGS Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service
The Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service (Ray Award) encourages and enables graduate students across the university to participate in professional conferences, both in their respective fields and in the broader academic community, by reimbursing or partially reimbursing the expenses incurred by graduate students during travel to conferences and meetings to present original research.
Unlike other programs that grant travel funds, the Ray Award gives substantial weight to the applicant's service to his/her department, the university, and the surrounding community. Ray Award judges also take into account the academic standing of the applicant, the applicant's professional goals, the nature of the conference being attended, and the applicant's ability to convey the focus of their research to a general audience.
Arts & Humanities Graduate Research Small Grants Program
The Graduate Research Small Grants Program is designed to enhance opportunities for graduate students in Arts & Humanities to conduct research by offering supplemental financial support of up to $500 on a competitive basis.
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