Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education
ASF Scholarship for Environmental Initiatives
Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education
ASF Scholarship for Social Change
The Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education is offering exceptional opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in the arts with scholarships in two categories: Environmental Initiatives and Social Change. For UNDERGRADUTE students: a total of $2500 (to be shared among 1 or more students) will be awarded in the category of Environmental Initiative and $2500 (to be shared among 1 or more students) will be awarded in the category of Social Change. For GRADUATE students: a total of $2500 (to be designated for 1or more students) will be awarded in the category of Environmental Initiative and $2500 (to be designated for 1 or more students) will be awarded in the category of Social Change. The amount of the award will be determined by the number of awardees in a given year. The intent of these scholarship awards is to recognize currently enrolled Art + Design, Art History, Art Education majors and Art Education Masters and MFA students who wish to further their knowledge, skills, and ideas related to environmental concepts, concerns, and initiatives or current societal issues and initiatives.
Undergraduate students will select one scholarship category and propose a project that will become the basis for an independent study/Senior project/ or as part of an offered class in ART/ARTH/ARED (with instructor’s consent) for which they will enroll in the spring 2011 semester. Students should consult with his or her advisor to see if another required course might work for this purpose, or if an independent study could be substituted for a required course in their major.
Graduate students will select one scholarship category and propose a project that will become the basis for an independent studio course/ Art Ed Master’s Project/MFA Thesis support (with instructor’s consent) for which they will enroll in the spring 2011 semester. This scholarship is designed to fund the Masters in Art Education and MFA thesis work or work leading to thesis work; the scholarships are open to students at all stages of their programs.
Applications will be reviewed and juried by departmental faculty members in the fall and scholarships will be awarded for the spring 2011 semester. These scholarships are not need based; they will be awarded on the strengths and merits of the application materials and proposed project.
These scholarships are open to full-time undergraduate Art + Design, Art History, Art Education majors who will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester of 2011; and full or part-time graduate students pursuing their MFA or Masters of Education degree who will be enrolled in the spring semester of 2011. The scholarship will be applied to tuition. No direct checks will be awarded.
Directions for Applicants:
You must select a faculty advisor (full-time faculty only) with whom you will discuss your ideas. The faculty member will serve as your faculty advisor for your project if you are awarded a scholarship. Over the course of the semester in which you are working on your proposed project, she/he will informally oversee your progress and will provide assistance as your work progresses. Be sure to include the name of that individual on the cover sheet as directed.
The work produced must result in a form of presentation such as an exhibition on campus, a virtual exhibition, or public presentation/lecture. You are responsible for finding a suitable location for the presentation of your work. Discuss the possibilities with your advisor and include the potential location/type of presentation or exhibition as requested on the cover sheet.
Your application for either: a Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education ASF Scholarship for Environmental Initiatives or a Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education ASF Scholarship for Social Change must include:
- Cover Sheet (typed or neatly hand-written) select appropriate undergraduate or graduate cover letter
- A typed statement of no more than 500 words in which you:
- Describe your existing commitment to either environmental concerns or social change. Why is this important to you?
- Propose your project in which you plan to further those ideals, goals, and commitment. Explain in detail, to the extent that you can, the work you propose to commence and complete during the semester of your award. Your designated faculty advisor can help you shape your ideas.
- Specifically demonstrate how you think this project will better your understanding or strengthen your commitment to such values. What do you hope to gain from this experience?
- Provide a work schedule in which you demonstrate how you will accomplish your project in the spring semester.
- Supporting material:
- 5-10 jpeg images of your work that demonstrates your artistic strengths and if possible supports the ideas of the scholarship to which you are applying (submitted in disk form or as printouts). You may want to discuss these works as part of your typed statement. Please provide a slide/image list along with your images.
A research paper, class, or community project that supports your commitment to the scholarship category to which you are applying. You may want to discuss this work as part of your typed statement.
- One copy of your unofficial Towson University transcript.
Scholarship Application Workshop: Thursday, September 30, 2010 5-6:30 pm CA 2033
A scholarship application workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 6 beginning at 5:00 pm to assist you with the application process. Attendance is not mandatory. This informal session is designed to review your materials, discuss your abstract/project statement, and answer any general questions.
Application Deadline: Friday, October 22, 2010 by 4:00 pm.
Submit one copy of all application materials to Ms. Ginger Ross, Administrative Assistant for the Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education. Office: Center for the Arts, Room 3103F. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Notification of Awards will be announced in early November, 2010
If your proposal is selected for scholarship funding you will enroll the following semester for the course (independent study/Senior project/ offered course in ART/ARTH/ARED/ Art Ed Master’s Project/MFA Thesis support (with instructor’s consent) in which you will commence and complete your proposed project. Upon completion of that semester, you will be expected to give a brief presentation and/or display of your work to interested Towson faculty, students and administrators in addition to members from the local community.
Questions? Please contact Professor Nancy Siegel, Associate Professor of Art History with any questions or concerns. NSiegel@towson.edu; (410) 704-4693