Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has several scholarships available. Please review the undergraduate and graduate scholarships below.

To apply for undergraduate art studio scholarships submit a single portfolio via the UAB Slideroom site with supporting information and materials via B-Smart.

To apply for undergraduate art history scholarships submit information and supporting materials via B-Smart.

Application instructions for graduate-level art history scholarships are included in the scholarship description below.

All scholarship applications, along with the specific support material requested for each, are due by midnight Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

For questions about scholarships, please contact Professor of Graphic Design Erin Wright or Assistant Professor of Art History Noa Turel.

UNDERGRADUATE ART STUDIO SCHOLARSHIPS //

The Department of Art and Art History awards two Incoming Freshman Scholarships each year. Awards are granted based on academic and artistic and art historical scholarly promise evident in the application submitted.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio (minimum of 10 and up to 15 images) via Slideroom. Portfolio details can be found on the Slideroom site.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the Department of Art & Art History Incoming Freshman Scholarship:

1. The applicant must be entering UAB with the intention to major in Art or Art History.

2. There is no set GPA standard to be considered for the scholarship, however the applicant’s academic record will be one of the factors considered when reviewing all applications.

3. The applicant must be a full-time student registered for at least twelve semester hours in each semester for which the student elects to receive an installment of the scholarship. A student using the award in the summer term must be registered for 9 hours.

4. If the student withdraws in a term for which they are receiving the stipend, or fails to maintain a “C” average, any balance of the scholarship will not be paid.

5. Award is contingent upon applicant’s acceptance to the University.
The Friends of the Department of Art and Art History provide funds for merit Senior Scholarships in art each year. Art Studio majors who will be seniors in the fall semester may apply. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty member.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio (minimum of 10 and up to 15 images) via Slideroom. Portfolio details can be found on the Slideroom site.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the Department of Art & Art History Senior Scholarship:

1. The applicant must be, by the beginning of the fall semester, a senior who has completed at least 92 semester hours of undergraduate work. At least 24 of these hours must have been at UAB.

2. The applicant must be a major in art (art studio or art history).

3. The applicant must have at minimum an academic record of a 2.75 GPA overall and a 3.0 average in all

art courses.

4. The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History will choose the Art Scholars from among applicants. If there is no applicant who is qualified in the judgment of the faculty, no scholarship will be awarded.

5. The Art and Art History Scholar may choose to have the Scholarship paid in equal or unequal installments during two semesters or two semesters and a summer term in the year of the appointment.

6. The Art Scholar must be a full-time student registered for at least 12 semester hours in each of the semester for which the Scholar elects to receive an installment of the Scholarship. A student using the award in the summer must be registered for 9 credits.

7. If the Scholar withdraws in a term for which the Scholar receives a stipend, or fails to maintain a “C” average, any balance of the Scholarship will not be paid.
The Department of Art and Art History awards the Friends of the Department of Art & Art History Scholarship an incoming freshman or current student majoring in Art or Art History. The award is granted from the previous year fundraising and membership of the UAB Friends of the Department of Art and Art History and meant to encourage recruitment and retention for students. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty member.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio (minimum of 10 and up to 15 images) via Slideroom. Portfolio details can be found on the Slideroom site.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the Friends of the Department of Art & Art History Scholarship:

1. The applicant must have at minimum an academic record of a 3.0 GPA overall. The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History will choose the scholarship from among the applicants. The scholarship will be paid in the subsequent semester of the award being announced, either summer of fall term as to the student’s preference.

2. A student using the award in the summer term must be registered for 6 semester hours in Art or Art History course.

3. If the student withdraws in a term for which they receive a stipend, or fails to maintain a “C” average, any balance of the scholarship will not be paid.
Two BA Art Studio or BFA students will be chosen to receive a scholarship to attend a weeklong workshop over the summer term. The scholarship is valued at approximately $1,200 and includes course fee, application fee, meals & housing in dormitory style facilities and a $300 stipend that may be used for travel or materials fee. Arrowmont offers a rich assortment of classes covering many disciplines. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty member.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio (minimum of 10 and up to 15 images) via Slideroom. Portfolio details can be found on the Slideroom site.

3. The applicant should submit a ranked list of their top three choices for courses with their application package (www.arrowmont.org). Please include the ranked list in the B-Smart application.

Arrowmont Rules Governing the Scholarship:

The selected scholarship applicant will be asked to review the upcoming summer Arrowmont summer class offerings (www.arrowmont.org) to select class choices (rank the top three choices) and to select housing. Arrowmont will place the student in the course from the ranked list based on availability and enrollment figures. NOTE: If a two-week class is selected, the student is responsible for the additional course fee and meals/housing costs. Students may upgrade their housing for an additional charge to be covered by the student.
The Department of Art and Art History awards the Dillon Scholarship to a student who is a Studio Art major with an emphasis in Printmaking. The Scholarship was created through the generous donations of friends, colleagues, students and former students of Professor John Dillon who taught Printmaking within the Department from 1972 to 1997.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio (minimum of 10 and up to 15 images) via Slideroom. Portfolio details can be found on the Slideroom site. The portfolio should emphasize works in printmaking.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the scholarship John Dillon Scholarship in Printmaking:

1. Preference will be given to majors in art student with a focused interest in printmaking.

2. The applicant must have at minimum an academic record of a 2.75 GPA overall and 3.0 average in all art courses.

3. The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History will choose the John Dillon Scholarship for Printmaking from among the applicants. If there is no applicant who is qualified based on the judgment of the faculty, no scholarship will be granted.

4. The scholarship will be paid in the subsequent semester of the award being announced, either summer of fall term as to the student’s preference.

5. Preference will be given to full-time students registered for at least twelve semester hours for the term for which the scholarship is paid. A student using the award in the summer term must be registered for 9 semester hours.

6. If the student withdraws in a term for which they receive a stipend, or fails to maintain a “C” average, any balance of the scholarship will not be paid.
The Department of Art and Art History awards a Frohock Scholarship to a student who is a junior art studio major at the beginning of the fall term. The Scholarship is awarded from an endowment created by the family and friends of the late Edith Harker Frohock, Professor of Art at UAB. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty member.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio (minimum of 10 and up to 15 images) via Slideroom. Portfolio details can be found on the Slideroom site.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the Edith Frohock Scholarship:

1. The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History will choose the Frohock Scholar from among applicants. If there is no applicant who is qualified in the judgment of the faculty, no scholarship will be award

2. The Frohock Scholar must be a full-time student registered for at least twelve semester hours in the term for which the scholarship is paid. A student using the award in the summer term need only be registered for 9 semester hours.

3. The applicant must be a major in art studio or art history. Preference will be given to majors in art studio in the BFA program.

4. The applicant must be, by the beginning of the Fall semester, a junior who has completed at least 60 semester hours of undergraduate work but not more than 80. At least 12 of these hours must have been at UAB.

5. The applicant must have at minimum an academic record of a 2.75 GPA overall and a 3.0 average in all art courses.

6. The scholarship will be paid in two semesters or two semesters and a summer term.

7. If the Scholar withdraws in a term for which the Scholar receives a stipend, or fails to maintain a “C” average, any balance of the Scholarship will not be paid.
The Department of Art and Art History awards the Kluge/Langley Scholarship open to art studio majors. The scholarship is awarded from the endowment created by the former UAB Sculpture Professor Janice Kluge, husband Cam Langley and their family and friends. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty member.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio (minimum of 10 and up to 15 images) via Slideroom. Portfolio details can be found on the Slideroom site.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the Janice Kluge/Cam Langley Scholarship:

1. The applicant must have completed at least 12 hours at UAB.

2. The applicant must be a major in art studio.

3. The applicant must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 with a GPA of3.0 in art courses to be considered for this scholarship.

4. The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History will choose the Kluge/Langley scholar from among the applicants. If there is no applicant who is qualified in the judgment of the faculty, no scholarship will be awarded.

5. The scholarship will be paid in two semesters or one semester and a summer term.

6. The Kluge/Langley Scholar must be a full-time student registered for at least 12 semester hours for which the scholarship is paid. A student using the award in the summer term need registered for 9 credit hours

7. If the Scholar withdraws in a term for which the scholar receives a stipend, or fails to maintain a "C" average for that term, any balance of the scholarship will not be paid.
The Department of Art and Art History awards the Betty Loeb Scholarship for Painting to a student demonstrating strong talent in the area of painting. The award is granted from the income of an endowment created by Ms. Betty Loeb. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty member.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio (minimum of 10 and up to 15 images) via Slideroom. Portfolio details can be found on the Slideroom site. The portfolio should emphasize works in painting.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the Betty Loeb Scholarship in Painting:

1. The applicant must at minimum completed or currently enrolled in ARS 210: Beginning Painting with an understanding that preference will be given to those students with intermediate and advanced levels of painting experience.

2. Preference will be given to majors in art student with a focused interest in painting

3. The applicant must have at minimum an academic record of a 2.75 GPA overall and 3.0 average in all art courses.

4. The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History will choose the Betty Loeb Scholarship for Painting from among the applicants. If there is no applicant who is qualified based on the judgment of the faculty, no scholarship will be granted.

5. The scholarship will be paid in the subsequent semester of the award being announced, either summer of fall term as to the student’s preference.

6. Preference will be given to full-time students registered for at least twelve semester hours for the term for which the scholarship is paid. A student using the award in the summer term must be registered for 9 semester hours.

7. If the student withdraws in a term for which they receive a stipend, or fails to maintain a “C” average, any balance of the scholarship will not be paid.
The Department of Art and Art History annually awards the Ellen Shizuko Takahashi Award for Painting to a student demonstrating talent in the area of painting. The Award is granted from the income of an endowment created by the family and friends of the late Ellen Shizuko Takahashi, Professor in the Department of Physiological Optics at UAB. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty member.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio (minimum of 10 and up to 15 images) via Slideroom. Portfolio details can be found on the Slideroom site. The portfolio should emphasize works in painting and/or drawing.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the Ellen Takahashi Award in Painting:

1. The applicant must at minimum have completed or currently be enrolled in ARS 210 Beginning Painting with the understanding that preference will be given to those students with intermediate and advanced levels of painting experience.

2. Preference will be given to majors in art studio with a focused interest in painting and drawing.

3. The applicant must have at minimum an academic record of a 2.75 GPA overall and a 3.0 average in all art courses.

4. The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History will choose the Ellen Shizuko Takahashi Award from among the applicants. If there is no applicant who is qualified in the judgement of the faculty, no award will be granted.

5. The scholarship will be paid in the subsequent semester of the award being announced, either Summer or Fall term as to the student’s preference.

6. Preference will be given to full-time students registered for at least twelve semester hours in the term for which the scholarship is paid. A student using the award in the summer term must be registered for 9 credits.

7. If the student withdraws in a term for which they receive the stipend, or fails to maintain a “C” average, any balance of the Scholarship will not be paid.
The Department of Art and Art History awards the Bernice C. Thomas Scholarship to a student majoring in Art or Art History. Mr. Cleophus Thomas, Jr., and Dr. Carla N. Thomas have made generous gifts for the purpose of creating an endowed scholarship in honor of the life and legacy of Ms. Bernice C. Thomas at UAB. The scholarship fund is to assist deserving students, from under-represented, low-income, and minority populations whose enrollment would further the University's compliance with its court-imposed remedial obligation to diversify its student body, in the Department of Art and Art History, and in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty member.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio (minimum of 10 and up to 15 images) via Slideroom. Portfolio details can be found on the Slideroom site.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the The Bernice C. Thomas Scholarship:

1. The applicant must demonstrate significant academic and artistic promise and must maintain a strong academic record.

2. The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History will choose the Thomas Scholar. If there is no applicant who is qualified in the judgment of the faculty, no scholarship will be awarded that year.

3. To the extent permitted by law permitted by law, priority of consideration shall be given to applicants from under represented, low-income, and minority populations whose enrollment would enhance the diversity of the student population of the University's Department of Art and Art History.

4. The Thomas Scholar must be a full-time student registered for at least twelve semester hours in the term for which the scholarship is paid. A student using the award in the summer must be registered for 9 semester hours.

5. If the Scholar withdraws in a term for which the Scholar receives a stipend, or fails to maintain a "B" average, any balance of the Scholarship will not be paid.

6. Recipients of the scholarship are eligible to apply for the award in subsequent years as long as they maintain and overall 3.0 GPA and maintain full time enrollment status.
The Department of Art and Art History awards the Weaver/Harvey Scholarship to a student who is a studio art major with an emphasis on graphic design. That student should be a junior at the beginning of the fall term. The Scholarship is awarded from the endowment created by the former UAB Graphic Design professor Marie Weaver, Steve Harvey and their family and friends Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty member.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio (minimum of 10 and up to 15 images) via Slideroom. Portfolio details can be found on the Slideroom site. The portfolio should emphasize works in graphic design.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the Marie Weaver/Steve Harvey Scholarship in Graphic Design:

1. An applicant must be, by the beginning of the upcoming fall semester, a junior who has completed at least 60 semester hours of undergraduate work. At least 12 of those hours must have been at UAB.

2. An applicant must be a major in art studio with an emphasis on Graphic Design.

3. An applicant must have completed or be currently enrolled in ARS 350.

4. An applicant must a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 with a GPA of 3.00 in art courses to be considered for this scholarship.

5. The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History will choose the Weaver/Harvey scholar from among applicants. If there is no applicant who is qualified in the judgment of the faculty, no scholarship will be awarded.

6. The scholarship will be paid in two semesters or two semesters and a summer term.

7. The Weaver/Harvey Scholar must be a full-time student registered for at least 12 semester hours for which the scholarship is paid. A student using the award in the summer term need only be registered for 9 credit hours

8. If the scholar withdraws in a term for which the scholar receives a stipend, or fails to maintain cumulative ‘C’ average for that term, any balance of the scholarship will not be paid.

UNDERGRADUATE ART HISTORY SCHOLARSHIPS //

The Department of Art and Art History awards two Incoming Freshman Scholarships each year. Awards are granted based on academic and artistic and art historical scholarly promise evident in the application submitted.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio of writing including at least two papers on art historical subjects submitted via B-Smart.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the Department of Art & Art History Incoming Freshman Scholarship:

1. The applicant must be entering UAB with the intention to major in Art or Art History.

2. There is no set GPA standard to be considered for the scholarship, however the applicants academic record will be one of the factors considered when reviewing all applications.

3. The applicant must be a full-time student registered for at least twelve semester hours in each semester for which the student elects to receive an installment of the scholarship. A student using the award in the summer term must be registered for 9 hours.

4. If the student withdraws in a term for which they are receiving the stipend, or fails to maintain a “C” average, any balance of the scholarship will not be paid.

5. Award is contingent upon applicant’s acceptance to the University.
The Friends of the Department of Art and Art History provide funds for merit Senior Scholarships in art each year. Art History majors who will be seniors in the fall semester may apply. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty member.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio of writing including at least two papers on art historical subjects submitted via B-Smart.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the Department of Art & Art History Senior Scholarship:

1. The applicant must be, by the beginning of the fall semester, a senior who has completed at least 92 semester hours of undergraduate work. At least 24 of these hours must have been at UAB.

2. The applicant must be a major in art (art studio or art history).

3. The applicant must have at minimum an academic record of a 2.75 GPA overall and a 3.0 average in all art courses.

4. The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History will choose the Art Scholars from among applicants. If there is no applicant who is qualified in the judgement of the faculty, no scholarship will be awarded.

5. The Art and Art History Scholar may choose to have the Scholarship paid in equal or unequal installments during two semesters or two semesters and a summer term in the year of the appointment.

6. The Art Scholar must be a full-time student registered for at least 12 semester hours in each of the semester for which the Scholar elects to receive an installment of the Scholarship. A student using the award in the summer must be registered for 9 credits.

7. If the Scholar withdraws in a term for which the Scholar receives a stipend, or fails to maintain a “C” average, any balance of the Scholarship will not be paid.
The Department of Art and Art History awards the Friends of the Department of Art & Art History Scholarship an incoming freshman or current student majoring in Art or Art History. The award is granted from the previous year fundraising and membership of the UAB Friends of the Department of Art and Art History and meant to encourage recruitment and retention for students. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty member.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio of writing including at least two papers on art historical subjects submitted via B-Smart.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the Friends of the Department of Art & Art History Scholarship:

1. The applicant must have at minimum an academic record of a 3.0 GPA overall . The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History will choose the scholarship from among the applicants. The scholarship will be paid in the subsequent semester of the award being announced, either summer of fall term as to the student’s preference.

2. A student using the award in the summer term must be registered for 6 semester hours in Art or Art History course.

3. If the student withdraws in a term for which they receive a stipend, or fails to maintain a “C” average, any balance of the scholarship will not be paid.
The Department of Art and Art History awards the Bernice C. Thomas Scholarship to a student majoring in Art or Art History. Mr. Cleophus Thomas, Jr., and Dr. Carla N. Thomas have made generous gifts for the purpose of creating an endowed scholarship in honor of the life and legacy of Ms. Bernice C. Thomas at UAB. The scholarship fund is to assist deserving students, from under-represented, low-income, and minority populations whose enrollment would further the University's compliance with its court-imposed remedial obligation to diversify its student body, in the Department of Art and Art History, and in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty member.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio of writing including at least two papers on art historical subjects submitted via B-Smart.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the The Bernice C. Thomas Scholarship:

1. The applicant must demonstrate significant academic and artistic promise and must maintain a strong academic record.

2. The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History will choose the Thomas Scholar. If there is no applicant who is qualified in the judgment of the faculty, no scholarship will be awarded that year.

3. To the extent permitted by law permitted by law, priority of consideration shall be given to applicants from under represented, low-income, and minority populations whose enrollment would enhance the diversity of the student population of the University's Department of Art and Art History.

4. The Thomas Scholar must be a full-time student registered for at least twelve semester hours in the term for which the scholarship is paid. A student using the award in the summer must be registered for 9 semester hours.

5. If the Scholar withdraws in a term for which the Scholar receives a stipend, or fails to maintain a "B" average, any balance of the Scholarship will not be paid.

6. Recipients of the scholarship are eligible to apply for the award in subsequent years as long as they maintain and overall 3.0 GPA and maintain full time enrollment status.
The Hugh S. Gainer and Anna Simmons Gainer Endowed Scholarship in Art and Art History is designated to an undergraduate student who is majoring in Art History. The Scholarship is awarded from the endowment created by Hugh Gainer and his wife Anna Simmons Gainer. Students are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty member before applying.

Requirements

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart, including a statement of financial need in the space provided.

2. A representative portfolio of writing including at least two papers on art historical subjects submitted via B-Smart.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the Hugh S. Gainer and Anna Simmons Gainer Endowed Scholarship in Art and Art History:

1. Applicants must be undergraduate students currently enrolled in or admitted at the University who wish to major in Art History in the Department of Art and Art History.

2. The Fund shall provide support to students for whom affordability may be an obstacle and who might otherwise be unable to attend the University.

3. The applicant must have a good academic record, with an overall GPA of 3.0 and above a 3.0 in Art History.

4. The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History will choose the Gainer Scholar. If there is no applicant who is qualified in the judgment of the faculty, no scholarship will be awarded that year.

5. The scholarship will be paid in two semesters or two semesters and a summer term.

6. The Scholar must be a full-time student registered for at least twelve semester hours in the term for which the scholarship is paid. A student using the award in the summer term must be registered for 9 semester hours.

7. If the Scholar withdraws in a term for which the Scholar receives a stipend, or fails to maintain a "B" average, any balance of the Scholarship will not be paid.
The Department of Art and Art History awards a Schnorrenberg Scholarship to an undergraduate student with a concentration in Art History. The Scholarship is awarded from the income of an endowment created by the family and friends of John M. Schnorrenberg, Professor Emeritus of Art History at UAB. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty member.

Requirements:

1. Completed application submitted via B-Smart.

2. A representative portfolio of writing including at least two papers on art historical subjects submitted via B-Smart.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the John Schnorrenberg Scholarship in Art History:

1. All applicants must have completed 203, 204, 206 and at least one 400-level art history class by the beginning of Fall Semester.

2. The applicant must have a concentration in Art History.

3. The applicant must have a good academic record, with an overall GPA of3.0 and above a 3.0 in

Art History.

4. The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History will choose the Schnorrenberg Scholar. If there is no applicant who is qualified in the judgment of the faculty, no scholarship will be awarded that year.

5. The scholarship will be paid in two semesters or two semesters and a summer term.

6. The Schnorrenberg Scholar must be a full-time student registered for at least twelve semester hours in the term for which the scholarship is paid. A student using the award in the summer term must be registered for 9 semester hours.

7. If the Scholar withdraws in a term for which the Scholar receives a stipend, or fails to maintain a "B" average, any balance of the Scholarship will not be paid.

GRADUATE ART HISTORY SCHOLARSHIPS //

The Department of Art and Art History awards the Klaus Urban Scholarship to a graduate student in Art History. The Scholarship is awarded from the income of an endowment created by Ms. Melissa Ann Campbell in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Klaus Urban. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty member.

Requirements:

1. Completed Department Scholarship Application Form.

2. A representative portfolio of writing including at least two papers on art historical subjects.

Rules governing the award and tenure of the Klaus Urban Scholarship in Art History:

1. The applicant must be a graduate student with a strong academic record, above the 3.0 minimum required for all graduate students.

2. The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History will choose the Klaus Urban Scholar. If there is no applicant who is qualified in the judgment of the faculty, no scholarship will be awarded that year.

3. The scholarship will be paid in one or two semesters.

4. The Klaus Urban Scholar must be a graduate student in good academic standing registered for 6-9 semester hours in the term for which the scholarship is paid. Exceptions to this rule can, however, be made.

5. If the Scholar withdraws in a term for which the Scholar receives a stipend, or fails to maintain a "B" average, any balance of the scholarship will not be paid.

6. Late applications will not be considered.