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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 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 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 and essay are 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 departmental merit-based scholarship must submit an essay and 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.


The James Stephen Turner Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship supports incoming students who demonstrate financial need. This scholarship shall be awarded to incoming students to encourage and facilitate their enrollment and will support these students each year through graduation so long as all eligibility criteria are met.