Scholarships for Studio, Art Education & Art History Majors
Daniel Vollmer Scholarship
The Daniel Vollmer Scholarship is for outstanding students majoring in Studio Art, Art Education, or Art History. This scholarship is awarded to new incoming first year students. The scholarship recognizes students who have shown talent and promise in the visual arts during their high school years.
This is a talent-based scholarship that is awarded on the basis of artistic and/or scholastic achievement in the visual arts and a student's written statement. One-half of the annual scholarship amount is applied to each semsester of the year of award.
Vollmer scholarships are renewable for each of the three years after the initial year of award for the original dollar amount as long as the recipient exhibits satisfactory progress in their area of study. An artistic and academic review will be done by Visual Arts faculty at the end of each year to determine renewal of this scholarship.
- A student must be enrolled in one of the following majors within the Department of Visual Arts: Studio Art (B.A. or B.F.A), Art Education, or Art History. Students majoring in Digital Media or Art Business are not eligible to apply.
- The student must remain enrolled in any of these majors over the course of their four years. Students who change their major from this list will lose their Vollmer or Dean’s scholarship.
- This scholarship is intended for new first year students. A first year student may transfer up to credits from any other college to still be eligible.
- The review is based on work created during their high school years.
- Students must maintain a 3.0 grade average in the major over the 4 years of enrollment.
Dean’s Scholarship in the Arts:
Eligibility: Any First year student enrolling in: Art Business,Art Education , Art History, Art Studio or Digital Media with a concentration in the Visual Arts.
These scholarships are part of a larger institutional program and are available to new applicants and transfer students in any of our undergraduate visual arts majors. Applicants must exhibit good stewardship of their talents in art and art history, as well as artistic activities in co-curricular, church, and/or community endeavors.
To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must exceed the academic requirements for admission to Messiah College as demonstrated by meeting at least one of the following criteria:
- ACT score of 25 or higher
- SAT score of 1140 or higher
- High school GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4-point scale)
- Rank in the top 20% of their high school graduating class, or
- Exhibit outstanding artistic merit.
Information about activities and involvements during high school is also considered.
Materials requested for the Vollmer Scholarship will also be used to determine Dean’s Scholarships.
The amount of a Dean’s Scholarship in the Arts can range from $1,000 to $3,000 per year.
- One-half of the annual scholarship amount is applied to each semester of the year of award.
- A Dean’s Scholarship in the Arts is renewable for each of the three years after the initial year of award, as long as the recipient exhibits continuing stewardship of talents at Messiah College and maintains a 2.8 overall grade point average.
- This Dean’s Scholarship in the Arts may not be combined with a Vollmer, Trustees, or Presidential Scholarship.
- To retain the Dean’s Scholarship in the Arts, the student must remain enrolled in one of the Visual Arts majors these three majors: An artistic and academic review is done by Visual Arts faculty at the end of each year to determine renewal of this scholarship.
Scholarship application procedures for Studio Art, Art Education, Digital Media, and Art Business Majors
Art Images: You must submit a CD Portfolio consisting of 10-12 images of work done during their high school years. Please limit your images to 12 pieces of art work additional images will not be viewed so choose your 12 best works!
Images may be any 2D or 3D media. These projects may have been made to complete a school assignment or something created on your own initiative.
- 3-D work you may include 2 views of that work which will count as one work.
- Images should be saved to the CD in JPEG format only! If we are unable to view the CD due to formatting the application will be void.
- Please test the disc on several computers—The Art faculty use a MAC to review the portfolios.
- Be sure to write your name on the CD.
Image List: Images must be accompanied by a written list of work on the on the CD. CD in Word or PDF format. It should include the following information:
- Indicate your name and which major you are expecting to choose once enrolled
- title of each work as they are presented on the CD
- date that the piece was created
- media the materials used to make the work
- size (H, W, D), and
- A very brief description of the class assignment if applicable
Please choose one of the two questions below and submit a 250-350 word written statement. Please be clear and to the point. This file should be included on your portfolio CD in Word or PDF format. Please write this question at the top of your essay. Portfolios submitted with out the essay will be disqualified for the Volmer Scholarship. The statement should examine one of the following:
- What well known artist, designer, or architect has inspired you and what is or was their role in society? Why has this influenced you and your work? Please do not write about local artists, teachers, or friends.
- What makes an effective artist, designer, or architect and what are your own goals in the art world?
Provide a background summary in Word or PDF format which includes the following information:
- the course work you have taken in high school related to the visual arts
- any additional course work you have taken or private lessons
- any exhibits of your work, or any honors you have won in the visual arts
- any additional special projects related to the visual arts
Application Procedures for Art History Majors
Applicants for a Vollmer Scholarship in art history must submit the following files in Word or PDF format on a CD:
- a high school paper you wrote for a history, world cultures, or art history class
- a written statement describing your interest in art history and identify the skills and abilities that are leading you to pursue an education in art history. Please limit this to 250-300 words.
Please Note: Vollmer recipients are not eligible for any other academic scholarships awarded by Messiah College. If you apply for the Vollmer Scholarship you are also automatically applying for the Dean Scholarship!
How to Apply for the Visual Arts Scholarships:
- Complete the Messiah College application for admission before January 15th.
- The portfolio CD to apply for a Visual Arts scholarship must be received no later than February 3rd. Mail it to Messiah College, Department of Visual Arts, Attention: Jean McCauslin, One College Avenue, Suite 3041, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
- One submission will be considered for both scholarships.
- The portfolio CD will not be returned.
Please Note: Both scholarships are awarded on the basis of meritorious achievement in the arts. However, the award of these scholarships is used by the school to help meet the documented need of a student’s financial package.
Award notifications are usually made by March.
Accepted students should plan to attend the School of the Arts Accepted Students Preview Day on Friday, March 7th, 2014. At this time you will be able to enjoy hands-on workshops offered by our professors. Attendance is not required and will not reflect in the awarding of these scholarships.
For further questions or clarification, please contact the department: 717-796-1800