Financial assistance to study art at Texas A&M University-Commerce is available from several sources. Inquiries and applications for most aid should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid which provides information on loans and grants from federal and state agencies, as well as competitive University and departmental scholarships.
Scholarships from the Department of Art
The Department of Art has several endowments that help eligible students reduce the cost of their education. Students apply for these scholarships by obtaining an application from the Department of Art (http://sites.tamuc.edu/art/opportunities/scholarships/). Applicants will follow the guidelines of the application (including the required portfolio of 5-10 examples of art) and submit it by email to Art@tamuc.edu or by regular mail to Department of Art, PO Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429. Portfolios must be submitted as a link in accordance with the instructions on the application.
Scholarships for Beginning and Continuing Students
- The Patrick F. Cochran Memorial Endowment (Photography majors only)
- The Art Enrichment Fund (open to all art majors)
- The Art Excellence Fund (open to all art majors)
- The Willa Kay Fall Endowment (open to all art majors)
- The June Kidder Memorial Endowment (open to all art majors)
- The Kodak Professional Imaging Endowment (Photography majors only)
- The Daniel Lloyd Ross Memorial Endowment (Visual Communication art majors only)
- The Johnson/Talley 3rd Floor Memorial Scholarship (Photography majors only)
- The Third Floor Photographic Society Fund (Photography majors only)
- The Harry & Virginia Fullwood Art Endowment (Visual communication art majors only)
- The John & Phyllis Carrier Scholarship Fund- (Art & Photography majors)
Scholarships for Entering Freshmen Students
Providing they meet all eligibility requirements, entering freshmen may apply for any of the scholarships listed above. They are also eligible for scholarships awarded through the portfolio competition at our annual ART DAY, traditionally scheduled each fall in conjunction with the university’s MANE EVENT. Incoming freshman students admitted into the photography degree are also eligible for the scholarship contest held annually during the HIGH SCHOOL SHOOT OUT in early March.
Scholarships Eligibility and Application Procedures
Students applying for ART DAY and HIGH SCHOOL SHOOT OUT scholarships must be registered for these events and pledged to major in art or photography at A&M-Commerce in order to receive them. Information and application procedures for ART DAY can be found on the Department of Art web site: http://sites.tamuc.edu/art. For additional information on the HIGH SCHOOL SHOOT OUT, please contact Chad Smith (Chad.Smith@tamuc.edu) or visit http://thirdfloorphoto.blogspot.com/.
For all other scholarships, students will obtain a scholarship application from the Department of Art website (http://sites.tamuc.edu/art/opportunities/scholarships/) and submit a completed application by March 31st for the following academic year. The application will include the cover letter; an unofficial transcript available through MyLeo account or high school; and a portfolio link of 5-10 representative art works.
The application will be sent either by regular mail to Head, Department of Art, Texas A&M University-Commerce, PO Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429 or by email to Art@tamuc.edu.