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Scholarships and Awards

We encourage all of our students to research the possibilities for scholarships and awards to support their work.

You may also be eligible for scholarships through the College of Arts and Sciences, the university or non-USC affiliates. Visit the university's Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to research those options.

 

SVAD Scholarships

These scholarships, worth $250 to $1,000 each semester are for current undergraduate students as well as transfer students and incoming freshman who have already declared a major within SVAD.

You should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application for all courses taken at USC, across departments or at your high school or transfer institution if you are new to USC. You should be planning to enroll as a full-time student at USC for the semester you apply.

Art Education Scholarship

In addition to the application [pdf], you'll need to submit the following materials.

For incoming freshmen and transfer students, you must:

  1. Intend to major in art education at USC;

  2. Submit an official transcript of your high school or college record the School of Visual Art and Design;

  3. Submit 10 images of your art work on a CD or thumb drive;

  4. Submit a 3-page paper in which you describe the unique qualities of your art teacher(s) and art experiences that inspired you to become an art teacher.

  5. Submit a letter of recommendation from one of your high school or college art teachers.

For current USC students, you must:

  1. Be a declared art education major;

  2. Have at least a 3.0 GPA from USC;

  3. Submit an unofficial transcript of your college record;

  4. Submit 10 images of your art work on a CD or thumb drive;

  5. Submit a 3-page paper in which you describe the unique qualities of your art teacher(s) and art experiences that inspired you to become an art teacher.

  6. Submit a letter of recommendation from one of your art education or education professors

    at USC.

Art History Scholarship

In addition to the application [pdf], you'll need to submit the following materials.

For incoming freshmen and transfer students, you must:

  1. Intend to major in Art History at USC;

  2. Submit an official transcript of your high school or college record the School of Visual Art and Design;

  3. Submit a one-page statement explaining your interest in art history;

  4. Submit a letter of recommendation from one of your teachers or counselors.

For current USC students, you must:

  1. Be a declared Art History major;

  2. Have at least a 3.0 GPA from USC;

  3. Submit an unofficial transcript of your college record;

  4. Submit a paper or other example of your work in an art history course;

  5. Submit a letter of recommendation from one of your art history professors at USC.

Studio Art Scholarship

In addition to the application [pdf], you'll need to submit the following materials.

For incoming freshmen and transfer students, you must:

  1. Intend to major in Studio Art at USC;

  2. Submit an official transcript to the School of Visual Art and Design.

  3. Submit ten (10) digital images of representative artworks that have been completed in the past two years. Artwork must be submitted as .jpgs on CD or flash drive. Please include a printed list of image titles, mediums, dimensions and dates of completion;

  4. Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor.

For current USC students, you must:

  1. Be a declared Studio Art major with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for all classes at USC;

  2. Submit an unofficial transcript of your college record;

  3. Submit ten (10) digital images of representative artworks that have been completed in the past two years. Artwork must be submitted as .jpgs on CD or flash drive. Please include a printed list of image titles, mediums, dimensions and dates of completion;

  4. Submit the name and signature of a USC SVAD professor or instructor who will support your application and serve as a reference. This person must be teaching in the USC School of Visual Art and Design and must consent to supporting your application. Please have the professor or instructor sign in the space indicated on the form.

  5. Include a half- to one-page artist’s statement / description of works submitted.

Media Arts Scholarship

In addition to the application [pdf], you'll need to submit the following materials.

For incoming freshmen and transfer students, you must:

  1. Intend to major in Media Arts at USC;

  2. Submit an official high school or college transcript the School of Visual Art and Design;

  3. Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor;

  4. Submit two pieces of representative media artworks that have been completed in the past two years. Indicate on the submission form your role in the production and the dates of completion. Video samples should not exceed 5 minutes run time. If submitting a script, it should be equal to five industry-standard formatted script pages or less. All media artworks may be submitted on a data DVD or USB thumb drive, OR you may provide a link to Vimeo or other on-line video resource.

For current USC students, you must:

  • Be a declared Media Arts major with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for all classes at USC;

  • Submit an unofficial transcript of your college record;

  • Submit two pieces of representative media artworks that have been completed in the past two years. Indicate on the submission form your role in the production and the dates of completion. Video samples should not exceed 5 minutes run time. If submitting a script, it should be equal to five industry-standard formatted script pages or less. All media artworks may be submitted on a data DVD or USB thumb drive, OR you may provide a link to Vimeo or other on-line video resource.

  • Submit the name and signature of a Media Arts faculty member who will support your application and serve as a reference. This person must have taught in Media Arts in the last 5 years. Please have the professor or instructor sign in the space indicated on the form;

  • Include a one page professionally formatted resume.

  • Include a half- to one-page artist statement / description of works submitted.

Ethel Sobel Brody Scholarship

The Ethel S. Brody Scholars Program Endowment Fund is established to recognize and support promising undergraduate students in Art Education at the University of South Carolina. The scholarship is awarded to a rising Junior in Art Education who has shown unusual promise and commitment to art and teaching.

Apply for the scholarship [pdf].

Walt Hanclosky Social Issue Production Award for Media Arts

This $1000 award supports a media arts student proposal for a creative media production with the goal of social impact. It is awarded every January.

Possible Projects

Projects may use any form of the media arts: motion picture, digital imaging, audio, new media, video game, sequential art, interactive project, or performance. Projects may be in any idiom—fiction, documentary, experimental, or hybrid. The completed project can be delivered through any distribution channel—for example, film festivals, national broadcast, stage, gallery exhibition, or an interactive, social media format.

Project Timeline

Grant proposals are due at 5pm on December 15. The award winner will be announced by January 31. Projects must be completed within twelve months. The award recipient must be a student for the duration of the project. Award recipients are required to submit a progress report by May 1 and a final version of the project with final report by January 31 of the following year.

Application Process
Submit the proposal form by 5pm on December 15 (late or incomplete proposals will not be considered). The proposal form includes a description of the proposed project, its social issue relevance, the target audience and budget. A successful proposal will make clear how you will know when the project has had an effect on the identified issue.

Review Process

A panel of USC Media Arts faculty will review project proposals for: quality of the proposal, potential impact on the intended audience(s), and project feasibility/probability of success.

Budget Information

Award funds may be used for design, production, supplies, travel to conduct the project and/or exhibition expenses. Any equipment or software purchased remains the property of the School of Visual Art and Design, and will be available for general student use upon completion of the project.

This award is sponsored by Walt Hanclosky, Distinguished Professor of Media Arts, and the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation.

If you are awarded a scholarship through this application cycle, it is only for the coming academic year. SVAD scholarships are not automatically renewed for the 2018-2019 academic year, and you must re-apply annually.

 

Faculty Nominated Awards

The following awards are given each year to deserving students in the School of Visual Art and Design. Faculty nominates a student for each award then an appointed committee finalizes the award.

Art Education Service Award, in honor of Jim L. Cromer

The Art Education Service Award, in honor of Jim L. Cromer is given to an Art Education major who has made significant contributions to the department or specific program through service activities.

Distinguished Alumni Award

This award is given to an alumnae or alumnus who has made significant contributions to the arts.

Graduate Art Education Research Award

The Graduate Art Education Research Award is given to a graduate Art Education major who has distinguished him or herself in the area of scholarly research.

Graduate Distinguished Service Award, in honor of John J. O'Neil

This award is given to a graduate student who has made significant contributions to the department or specific programs through service activities.

Graduate Media Arts Research Award, in honor of Sandra Wertz

This award is given to a graduate Media Arts major who has distinguished him or herself in the media arts.

The Graduate Studio Art Research Award, in honor of John Benz

The Graduate Studio Art Research Award, in honor of John Benz is given to a graduate Art Studio major who has distinguished him or herself in the production of works of art.

Mary Carter Grant Memorial Scholarship

The Mary Carter Grant Scholarship is awarded to graduate and undergraduate art education majors who demonstrate progressive and socially relevant ideas on teaching art to elementary school students.

Rising Senior Awards

This award is given to one exceptional rising senior in each of our degree programs: Art Education, Art History, Studio Art, Media Arts

  1. The student must have a declared major in the major program.

  2. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or higher.

  3. The student must have completed at least 75 semester hours by the beginning of the Spring 2013 semester.

  4. The student must maintain full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 semester hours) for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters.

Undergraduate Art History Excellence Award, in honor of Charles R. Mack

The Undergraduate Art History Excellence Award, in honor of Charles R. Mack, is given to an undergraduate Art History major who has distinguished him or herself in art history will receive this award.

Undergraduate Distinguished Service Award, in honor of Catherine Rembert

The Undergraduate Distinguished Service Award, in honor of Catherine Rembert is given to an undergraduate student majoring in any of the undergraduate programs whose service to the department or programs is significant.

Undergraduate Media Arts Excellence Award, in honor of A. Porter McLaurin

The Undergraduate Media Arts Excellence Award, in honor of A. Porter McLaurin  is given to an undergraduate Media Arts major who has distinguished him or herself in the media arts.

Undergraduate Studio Art Excellence Awards, in honor of Ed Yahgjian

The Undergraduate Studio Art Excellence Awards, in honor of Ed Yahgjian, is given to an undergraduate Art Studio major who has distinguished him or herself in the production of works of art in each area.