Art Scholarships

The art department of Houghton College strongly encourages the submission of Merit Scholarship Portfolios for incoming freshmen interested in majoring in art.

Generous awards are made to students who demonstrate exceptional ability through the scholarship portfolio submission. Scholarships up to $10,000 are awarded per academic year, and are automatically renewed each year that the student remains a declared art major in good academic standing.

Applicants wishing to be considered for an Art Department Merit Scholarship must submit a portfolio of ten to fifteen original works, preferably recent work, that represent as broad a selection of media and methods as possible. However, your portfolio can emphasize the medium that represents your strongest work.

This may include drawings from life; work in both color and black and white media, design examples, photography, prints, metal works, crafts, sculpture, or digital media.

Submission of Work

Select at least 10 but no more than 15 examples of your best work (details are allowed) and include examples that you have done on your own initiative beyond your class assignments. You may include or show pages of your sketchbooks as well.

You may submit your portfolio by uploading images here: or by arranging a portfolio review with a faculty member during a campus visit*, through the HC visit office.


The deadline for submitting work for consideration is February 15th of the academic year in which you will enroll.

For questions please contact: Ted Murphy

*Digital submissions are strongly encouraged even if a visit and on-campus review has taken place.