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Competitive Scholarships for Entering Freshmen

Mathias J. Devito Scholarship Program

This merit-based competition awards one $40,000 scholarship, allocated over four years, to a high school senior demonstrating talent and promise based on a portfolio of artwork. The selection criteria also include personal character; an inquisitive, open, and discerning mind; and an interest in the social and cultural context for making art.

Fanny B. Thalheimer Scholarships

This competition awards over one half million dollars in merit-based scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate outstanding studio abilities as well as academic achievement. Each year, thirty awards are made, ranging from $16,000 to $54,000, each allocated over four years.

National Art Honor Society Scholarships

Fifty $4,000 to $8,000 merit-based scholarships, each allocated over four years, are awarded each year to high school seniors who are members of the National Art Honor Society.

Academic Excellence Scholarships

Each year, in recognition of academic achievements and talent, fifty merit-based scholarships in the amount of $24,000 - $36,000, each allocated over four years, are awarded to high school seniors from the U.S. and abroad.

youngARTS Awards

MICA offers ten $4,000 to $36,000 scholarships, each allocated over four years, to high school seniors who have been selected as winners by the youngARTS award jury in their awards categories. Candidates will be contacted in early April if they are eligible for this award. The recipients of MICA youngARTS are selected on the basis of both meritorious achievement and financial need. To receive a scholarship application from youngARTS, go to www.youngARTS.org. This scholarship is funded by MICA.

Scholastic Art Awards

MICA offers twenty $4,000 to $36,000 scholarships, each allocated over four years, to high school seniors who have been selected by the Scholastic Art Awards jury as a “Gold Portfolio” from their National Portfolio Competition. These candidates will be contacted in early April if they are eligible for this award. The recipients of MICA SCHOLASTIC are selected on the basis of both meritorious achievement and financial need. Please note: If you wish to be considered for this scholarship, you will need to list MICA as one of your top three preferred art colleges with Scholastic, Inc. To receive a scholarship application from Scholastic Art Awards, go to www.artandwriting.org. This scholarship is funded by MICA.

Access for Excellence Scholarships

This compeition awards five scholarships ranging from $2,500 per year to full tuition for four years to students from under-represented populations with high financial need and outstanding artistic and academic ability.

Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation

The competition awards ten $12,000 scholarships, each allocated over four years, to students who have participated in the MWSF Summer Program. Candidates will be contracted in early April if they are eligible for this award.

Bristor Scholarship

This competition provides awards ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 allocated over four years to high school seniors with both financial need and a combination of academic and artistic achievement.

Meyerhoff Scholarship

This award recognizes candidates for both artistic and academic achievement with scholarships allocated over four years. Amounts vary from $4,000 to $20,000, allocated over four years.

Rett Nearburg Scholarship

This scholarship will award $60,000, allocated over four years, to students whose portfolios demonstrate artistic talent and potential with an emphasis on digital arts media. The scholarship recognizes academic achievement and an interest in pursuing a major in interactive media or any digitally based arts discipline. The number of awards and amount will be determined on the basis of both meritorious achievement and financial need. To learn about Rett, visit www.rett.org.

National Act-so Competition Match

MICA will match awards received by junior or senior level high school students selected by the National ACT-SO Competition of the NAACP as medal winners. The following scholarships are renewable each year over four years: Gold $2,000, Silver $1,500, Bronze $1,000. For more information on the competition go to www.naacp.org.

Don F. Turano '59 Fund Scholarship

This $10,000 scholarship is allocated over four years for an outstanding student based on meritorious achievement and financial need.

Latino Art Beat Scholarship

MICA offers matching scholarships to high school seniors who have been selected as winners in the Latino Art Beat National High School “Hispanic Heritage” Art Competition in their award categories. Students living in Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, and the District of Columbia are eligible. Scholarships amounts vary from $2,000 to $20,000, allocated over four years. For information on the competition, e-mail latinoartbeat@hotmail.com.

Scholarships for Maryland Freshmen Only

Marion I . and Henry J. Knott Scholarship Program

Students selected for this scholarship receive $8,000 to $12,000 merit-based awards, allocated over four years. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding high school students who are Catholic and attend schools within the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Irving and Lois Blum Foundation Scholarship

A total of $20,000 in scholarships, allocated over four years, are awarded to outstanding students from the Baltimore School for the Arts.

Lenore Fund Scholarship

This award recognizes Baltimore-area candidates with exceptional artistic talent and financial need. Award amounts vary from $4,000 to $8,000 and are allocated over four years.

Competitive Scholarship Application Procedures for All Freshmen

Step 1: Application for Admission

You must be accepted for admission to MICA in order to receive a scholarship award. On your application for admission, you should indicate that you intend to apply for merit-based scholarships. Submit all required admission application materials by the February 15 deadline. If you have not already done so, you must submit with your application:

  • Your high school/secondary school transcripts or diploma indicating date of graduation.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

Step 2: Portfolio of Artwork

The portfolio of artwork you prepare for your admission application also serves as your portfolio for the competitive scholarships for which you apply. If you intend to apply for competitive scholarships, please upload your portfolio to https://micaundergrad.slideroom.com or send your portfolio in CD/DVD format. See detailed instructions for preparing a digital portfolio under Step 7 in the Application Procedures for Freshman Applicants.

Step 3: Application for Competitive Scholarships

Complete the Freshman Application for Competitive Scholarships for which you are eligible (page 7-10 of the Application Forms booklet). The completed forms are due February 15. A copy of your portfolio must be on file.