Fine Arts Talent Scholarship

The Department of Art at Bradley University offers competitive scholarships to art majors with talent and motivation. The Department faculty strongly believes that funding for talented studio artists is essential. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, the process is simple.

Contact Information:
Vicki Cooksey, Art Department Secretary,
Deadlines: March 1
Requirements:Must be an accepted applicant to Bradley University and Majoring in Art.

Application Instructions

Please plan ahead – your application must be received by March 1. Slides received after that date will not be considered for the review. Please send portfolios directly to the address listed below. Do not send your materials to the Admissions Office. Scholarships awarded are for the following academic year. The full Bradley University Department of Art faculty will review the portfolios. The Department is looking for strong evidence of talent. Scholarships are not related to family income or other grants or scholarships. If you receive a scholarship, it is renewable according to academic standards and regulations established for the scholarship.

Submit the following items:

  1. A completed copy of the Application Form for the Department of Art Fine Arts Talent Scholarship.

  2. 12 – 20 digital images of your best work on a CD or DVD. The images should demonstrate a variety of work and can include any media. CDs/DVDs will not be returned because of the large number of applications received. (Scholarship recipients’ portfolios will be filed in their Department of Art student file.) Do not send images in a binder or with a return stamped envelope.

  3. A typed image list that corresponds to your CD/DVD of images. Please include all pertinent information, such as medium used, dimensions, and date completed.

If you have questions, call the art department office at (309) 677-2967.

Please send all materials to:

Fine Art Talent Scholarship
Bradley University
Department of Art
1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Peoria, IL  61625

A Guide to Slide Portfolio Preparation 
Fine Arts Talent Scholarship Bradley University

What is a portfolio? 
A portfolio of artwork should be a collection of your best and most recent work. It is a crucial part of your application. The portfolio helps the school evaluate your achievements and potential, and represents your view of yourself and your work. Many different portfolios are necessary during your career as an artist: for graduate school, exhibits, galleries, buyers, and employers. The preparation of each portfolio varies according to its purpose. The portfolio required for the Department of Art Fine Arts Talent Scholarship should include twelve to twenty pieces in a variety of media. Fewer pieces may not allow an accurate assessment of your potential. We are interested in your drawing ability and use of color in two- and three-dimensional work. There is no exact formula for preparing the “right” portfolio. Art teachers can help you with the selection and photographing of your work, but you should make the final decision on what best represents you.