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Scholarships & Awards

The Department of Art offers a myriad of merit- and need-based scholarships and awards. 


The Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship

Every spring, the Department of Art selects eight outstanding studio art majors to receive a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship (CAPA). The CAPA award is equivalent to full in-state tuition for one academic year (two regular semesters). CAPA scholars will have the opportunity to be considered for renewal each year for a total of up to four years of undergraduate study. Learn more about the scholarship.

The Clarvit Design Scholarship

The Clarvit Design Scholarship provides funds to design students who have achieved a high degree of merit in the design program. The award is open to studio art students currently enrolled or recently admitted into the design concentration. Current Clarvit scholars may reapply for the scholarship in any subsequent year. Selection is competitive. For more details, visit the Graphic Design Scholarships page. 

The Department of Art Van Crews Scholarship

The Department of Art Van Crews Jr. Scholarship is designated for a student who has been admitted into the design concentration or has declared a commitment to pursue a concentration in design. The current Van Crews scholar can reapply for the scholarship in any subsequent year. The selection is competitive. For more details, visit the Graphic Design Scholarships page. 


Anwar Sadat Art for Peace Competition

Given in conjunction with the Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace held annually on the UMD campus. Awards are given in 2D and 3D categories. Learn more about the competition.

John Dorsey Prize for Outstanding Curatorial Practice

As a leading art critic for the Baltimore Sun and a well-known area curator, John Dorsey’s incisive critical perspective and passion for visual arts provided immeasurable contributions to the contemporary art community. This annual Department of Art prize rewards students who excel in critical thinking skills and curatorial practice. The award honors the single best exhibition proposal submitted for this competition. Guidelines and information can be found here

Stephanie E. Pogue Memorial Award

Awarded to a studio art major who is of at least junior standing and who exemplifies the artistic aspirations and achievements of Stephanie Pogue and has financial need. This award is administered by the David C. Driskell Center.

The Colonel Wharton Award

Three monetary awards are made to graduating seniors for presenting accomplished artwork in the department's senior exhibition.

Daniel Nicholson Ohlke Memorial Fund Award

This monetary award aims to support the work of a promising graduate student who is entering their second year of study within the program.