Scholarships and Grants administered by the Myers School of Art

The Myers School of Art offers generous support for ambitious, talented, and academically strong art students. We offer scholarships and grants to support your tuition, to help fund ambitious art projects, or to assist with the expense of art-related travel. 


Tuition

Gillette Academic Scholarship

The John and Barbara Gillette Academic Scholarship recognizes artistic talent and theoretical knowledge, as well as assisting students in overcoming financial barriers to achieving their academic career goals. Three $5000 Gillette Academic Scholarships are awarded each academic yearone each to the best sophomore, junior and senior-level students in the Myers School of Art as determined by the Studio Scholarship Competition each spring.

Olson Photography Scholarship

In January 2014, Dr. Irving J. and Ruth B. Olson generously endowed a scholarship for Photography majors. The Olson Photography Scholarship one of the most prestigious and valuable awards offered through the Myers School of Art. The application process is highly selective, and only one or two scholarships are awarded annually. All sophomore, junior, and senior Photography majors are eligible to apply. 

Danison Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2016 in honor of Mervyn F. Danison and his long and storied career as a New Bureau Photographer for Goodyear Tire and Rubber, this scholarship supports outstanding junior or senior photography or photojournalism majors. When making the award, faculty consider the applicant’s GPA, quality of their photographic work, and their need for financial assistance.

Myers Studio Scholarship Competition

Numerous endowed scholarships are awarded annually through the Studio Scholarship Competition in amounts ranging from $500–$5,000 per scholarship. These awards include the following scholarships, and unless otherwise noted, each is open to B.A. and B.F.A. art majors of all ranks and concentrations:

American Greetings Endowed Graphic Design Scholarship (junior and senior Graphic Design majors)

Emily H. Davis Memorial Scholarship

Mary B. Demetros Memorial Fund Scholarship

Harold and Catherine Folk Scholarship

Dorthella L. Griffen Scholarship Harris in Art (junior or senior art majors with preference given to non-traditional students)

Robert Foote and Lucille Scott Harris Scholarship Fund in Art Studies

Mary and Louis S. Myers Endowed Scholarship in Art (with preference given to painting and sculpture majors)

Edith H. Raleigh Endowed Art Scholarship (recipients must be art majors and graduates of the Akron Public Schools)

Ann H. Suri Scholarship

William C. Waldman Scholarship in Art (junior or senior art majors)

Participation guidelines for the Spring 2019 Myers Studio Scholarship Show will be available in early spring.

Whims Endowed Scholarship

Established in 1994, this endowed scholarship honors the life and memory of Ms. Kristen Leigh Whims, a graduate of The University of Akron School of Art. The scholarship is an annual award made to a junior or senior Graphic Design major with demonstrated talent in the field; it can be renewed for a second year.

Outstanding Art History Student Award

An annual award to an outstanding art history major in the Myers School of Art. Eligible students are nominated for this award by the art history faculty. When making the award, faculty consider: the quality of a student's research, their performance in class; the level of participation in school-sponsored activities and/or student organizations, and the degree to which they are active in the field outside of the Myers School of Art.

Outstanding Student Art Educator Award

An annual award to an outstanding art education major in the Myers School of Art. Eligible students are nominated for this award by the art education faculty. When making the award, faculty consider: the quality of a student's curricular and instructional research and development, their performance in class, the level of participation in school-sponsored activities and/or organizations, and the degree to which they are engaged in the arts education outside of the Myers School of Art.

BCAS Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships available through the Myers School of Art, the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences awards multiple endowed scholarships earmarked for arts students! Applications for these are due early each spring term.


Ambitious Art Projects

Dashiell Tools and Materials Award

The Malcolm J. Dashiell Scholarship Fund was created in 1997 through an estate gift from Janet Dashiell Gardner in memory of her husband who taught sculpture at The University of Akron for 17 years and helped establish the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program. The Dashiell Tools and Materials Award provides students in the Myers School of Art partial support (up to $1000 in Fall 2018) for art supplies, tools, software, and or other special materials needed to realize ambitious projects, including work towards their Senior Exhibition, Senior Thesis, or Honors Projects. This grant is available in both fall and spring terms; for the Fall 2018 application guidelines (due October 29, 2018), click HERE. The required cover sheet is available as a PDF form: COVER SHEET.


Travel

Venice Biennale Scholarship

The Folk Charitable Foundation Venice Biennale International Travel and Study of Art Scholarship recognizes Myers School of Art’s stellar art studio, graphic design, art history, and art education juniors and seniors. The scholarship award provides full support for travel to Italy during the internationally renowned Venice Biennale during odd-numbered years. The Venice Biennale Scholarship is one of the most prestigious and valuable awards offered through the Myers School of Art. The application process is highly selective, and only eight to ten scholarships are awarded. Details concerning the Fall 2019 Scholarship requirements and Spring 2018 application process will be announced soon.

Gillette Study of the Arts Abroad Scholarship

The John and Barbara Gillette Study of the Arts Abroad Scholarship was established in 2013 to provide students with the opportunity to explore the borderless and timeless language of the arts, and to provide the gift of education for art majors. Held in even-numbered years starting in 2014, the Gillette Study of the Arts Abroad Scholarship program will provide full support for overseas travel and study in contemporary art forms, art culture and art history.

The Gillette Study of the Arts Abroad program for Fall 2018 will enable students to visit the FIAC Contemporary Art Fair in Paris, France. Questions about the travel experience should be directed to Profs Elisha Dumser and Kate Budd, who will lead the trip.

Dashiell Travel Award

The Malcolm J. Dashiell Scholarship Fund was created in 1997 through an estate gift from Janet Dashiell Gardner in memory of her husband who taught sculpture at The University of Akron for 17 years and helped establish the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program. The Dashiell Travel Award provides students in the Myers School of Art partial support (up to $1,000 in Fall 2018) for educational travel including study-abroad, art workshops, seminars and conferences, and travel to art exhibits. This grant is available in both fall and spring terms; for the Spring 2018 application guidelines (due October 29, 2018), click HERE. The required cover sheet is available as a PDF form: COVER SHEET.

Puglia New York City Travel Grant

Established in 2014, the John M. Puglia Endowed New York City Travel Fund for Art Students is intended to provide full or partial support for students in the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art at The University of Akron to travel to New York City during the school’s annual spring trips. The fund honors the memory of the late John M. Puglia, a 1988 graduate of The University of Akron and seeks to inspire students’ passion for art and New York City, just as John was inspired when he traveled to New York City as part of a student trip led by UA Art Professor Don Harvey. Spring 2019 application details will be announced soon.