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Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Scholarship

Each spring, the Department of Art awards eight CAPA scholarships to newly-admitted freshmen, transfer students and current majors who meet the eligibility criteria.

The deadline is Friday, April 7, 2023 for all applicants. 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). For newly-admitted freshmen and transfer students, the awards are contingent upon admission to the university by April 7.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Current or newly-admitted undergraduate at the University of Maryland, College Park, by April 7
  • Declared studio art major
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum of two full-time semesters (upcoming academic year) remaining before graduating

Scholarship Retention

CAPA scholars must maintain the eligibility criteria below in order to retain current awards and 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 Scholarship funds can be withdrawn if a student fails to meet these obligations.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)

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 4:00 p.m. on April 7, 2023.

If you are a newly-accepted student, contact well in advance of the deadline to request a guest ID and password.

Application Materials

Digital Portfolio
A 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 from college.

Unofficial Transcript PDF (current students only)

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.

You will be prompted to upload your materials and information as you work your way through the online application.

Applications that do not include all of these components are incomplete and will not be considered. Applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on April 8. No exceptions will be made.

Decision Process

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.

Who to Contact

Patrick Craig

Associate Professor, Art

2M312 Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-7790