Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Scholarship
The Department of Art awards eight CAPAs each spring for the following academic year. The deadline is always April 1st (or the following Monday if April 1st falls on a weekend). The CAPA award is equivalent to full in-state tuition for the upcoming academic year (two regular semesters, does not include winter or summer terms). Newly-admitted freshmen*, transfer students* and current majors who meet the eligibility criteria may apply.
*Contingent upon admission to the University by April 1st
Current or newly-admitted undergraduate at the University of Maryland College Park by April 1st
Declared Studio Art major
Minimum Overall GPA of 3.0
Minimum of two full-time semesters (upcoming academic year) remaining before graduating
CAPA Scholars must maintain eligibility criteria below in order to retain current awards and to be considered during the normal application process. Scholarship funds can be withdrawn if a student fails to meet these obligations.
Full-time enrollment (earning 12 or more credit hours per semester)
Active pursuit of a Studio Art degree (natural progression of coursework; minimum of one ARTT course per semester)
Overall 3.0 GPA and 3.5 GPA in ARTT courses
Annual portfolio review (to ensure quality of work is maintained)
Contact the Undergraduate Director, Wendy Jacobs, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
How To Apply
All applicants will use the Department of Art Combined Application. The link will be activated on the first day of classes following Spring Break and will remain available until 4:00pm on April 1st.
If you are a newly-accepted student, contact Kathie Boyle at email@example.com well in advance of the deadline to request a guest ID and password.
Be Prepared to Upload/Enter
Digital Portfolio of 12 single image files (Jpegs smaller than 2 MB each). Select artwork carefully. Photos should be clear, in focus, and of ample resolution. If submitting time-based or interactive work, upload one representative still image and include a YouTube, Vimeo or other online link.
Include the following information for each image: one-sentence description, media, creation date and dimensions.
Incoming freshmen will submit AP or high school portfolios; current freshmen may include several pieces (no more than half) from high school; all other applicants should submit recent work done in college.
Unofficial Transcript PDF (current students only)
References - Names and phone numbers of three art instructors, advisors, and/or school counselors. (Newly-admitted students only)
Short Statement – Briefly describe, in a paragraph or two, your past and present hobbies, interests and/or jobs
Applications that do not include all of these components are incomplete and will not be considered. Applications must be submitted by 4:00pm on April 1st. No exceptions will be made.
Scholarship winners are selected by the Department of Art faculty. Decision notifications will be made by email. Awarded funds will be credited at the beginning of each semester to the CAPA Scholars’ student accounts.