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 departmental offerings.

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.

After you have fully reviewed the scholarship requirements and collected the required application pieces, you may begin the Talent Scholarship Application.

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


To ensure that students are eligible for Talent Scholarship consideration, it is recommended that students submit Talent Scholarship applications early so all documents are completed by the posted deadlines.

Incoming First Years – Fall 2020

Application deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020

Incoming Transfer Students – Fall 2020

Application deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020

All Incoming Students – Spring 2020

Application deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019

Additional Assistance

If you have any questions or concerns, please review the Talent Scholarship FAQ. You may contact David Laine at if you require further assistance. Best of luck!