Art Talent Scholarships


Each year, students demonstrating outstanding ability in studio art are granted an Art Talent Scholarship.

Please visit the Department of Art and Visual Studies page to learn more about art studies at Whittier College.

Participation Requirements

Talent scholarships are renewable for up to four years of continuous study at Whittier College provided that the recipient meets the following requirements: 

  • enroll in at least one art course per year;
  • actively participate in the operation and management of the student art gallery;
  • participate in one student art exhibition each year;
  • attend all art scholarship meetings;
  • maintain a 3.00 GPA in studio courses, and maintain a 2.75 overall GPA.

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in loss of scholarship.

Application Process

The Talent Scholarship is based on a separate online application process from the Whittier College application. We will match your Talent Scholarship application with your Whittier College record using your email address, so you and your instructor must both input the same email address you used in your Common Application.

  • Art portfolio: See directions below
  • Art Essay: In 600 words or less, express the importance of art in your life presently and the place you believe it will hold in your future. Please write and save this essay in a format like Word, then be ready to copy and paste its contents into the application form when prompted. 
  • Art Instructor Recommendation: Ask an art teacher or private studio art instructor to agree to submit the online Art Instructor Recommendation Form. The Instructor Recommendation is due on the same date as your Talent Scholarship Application, so it is critical that you start this process early to provide your instructor with sufficient lead time.

Art Portfolio

Prior to completing the Talent Scholarship Application, you must assemble a portfolio using the following guidelines:

  • Select 10-20 pieces of art, with at least two drawings if possible
  • Create a DropBox account
  • Create a new folder in DropBox, titled “[First and Last Name] Portfolio”
  • Copy .jpg image files of each portfolio submission into this DropBox folder


The application period is now closed for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications for the 2022-2023 school year will open in Winter 2021.

Additional Assistance

If you have any questions or concerns, please review the Talent Scholarship FAQ.