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Scholarships for Incoming Undergraduate Students 

Incoming undergraduate students pursuing a major within the Watkins College of Art are eligible for both need-based and merit (portfolio) scholarships. Students must have their Belmont application and portfolio submitted by December 1st to be eligible for the college merit scholarships. Please visit the Portfolio Guidelines tab for specific details. Begin the admission process - Apply today!


About the Scholarship

After the merger between Belmont University and the independent Watkins College of Art, the net funds from the sale of the previous campus created an endowment to provide scholarships for visual arts students in Belmont’s Watkins College of Art. The Watkins College of Art Scholarship Endowment will be used exclusively to provide need and merit-based (portfolio) scholarships for incoming freshman or transfer students studying the visual arts within the College of Art. The endowed fund is expected to produce more than $800,000 annually for arts scholarships upon maturation.

While submitting a portfolio is not required to be admitted into the College of Art, applicants who intend to pursue a degree in the Watkins College of Art and wish to be considered for the Watkins College of Art merit-based scholarship must submit a portfolio of work in art and/or design to the College of Art.

Need-based scholarships will be determined by the Office of Student Financial Services and the Office of Admissions. The Office of Student Financial Services includes the Watkins Scholarships to all scholarship recipients in the financial aid award package.