Scholarships and Grants administered by the Myers School of Art
The Myers School of Art offers generous support for ambitious, talented, and academically strong art students. We offer scholarships and grants to support your tuition, to help fund ambitious art projects, or to assist with the expense of art-related travel.
Gillette Academic Scholarship
The John and Barbara Gillette Academic Scholarship recognizes artistic talent and theoretical knowledge, as well as assisting students in overcoming financial barriers to achieving their academic career goals. Three $5000 Gillette Academic Scholarships are awarded each academic year—one each to the best sophomore, junior and senior-level students in the Myers School of Art as determined by the Studio Scholarship Competition each spring.
Olson Photography Scholarship
In January 2014, Dr. Irving J. and Ruth B. Olson generously endowed a scholarship for Photography majors. The Olson Photography Scholarship one of the most prestigious and valuable awards offered through the Myers School of Art. The application process is highly selective, and only one or two scholarships are awarded annually. All sophomore, junior, and senior Photography majors are eligible to apply.
Danison Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2016 in honor of Mervyn F. Danison and his long and storied career as a New Bureau Photographer for Goodyear Tire and Rubber, this scholarship supports outstanding junior or senior photography or photojournalism majors. When making the award, faculty consider the applicant’s GPA, quality of their photographic work, and their need for financial assistance.
Myers Studio Scholarship Competition
Numerous endowed scholarships are awarded annually through the Studio Scholarship Competition in amounts ranging from $500–$5,000 per scholarship. These awards include the following scholarships, and unless otherwise noted, each is open to B.A. and B.F.A. art majors of all ranks and concentrations:
American Greetings Endowed Graphic Design Scholarship (junior and senior Graphic Design majors)
Emily H. Davis Memorial Scholarship
Mary B. Demetros Memorial Fund Scholarship
Harold and Catherine Folk Scholarship
Dorthella L. Griffen Scholarship Harris in Art (junior or senior art majors with preference given to non-traditional students)
Robert Foote and Lucille Scott Harris Scholarship Fund in Art Studies
Mary and Louis S. Myers Endowed Scholarship in Art (with preference given to painting and sculpture majors)
Edith H. Raleigh Endowed Art Scholarship (recipients must be art majors and graduates of the Akron Public Schools)
Ann H. Suri Scholarship
William C. Waldman Scholarship in Art (junior or senior art majors)
Participation guidelines for the Spring 2020 Myers Studio Scholarship Show can be found HERE. DEADLINE to apply is Friday, January 24, 2020, 12:00 NOON.
Whims Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1994, this endowed scholarship honors the life and memory of Ms. Kristen Leigh Whims, a graduate of The University of Akron School of Art. The scholarship is an annual award made to a junior or senior Graphic Design major with demonstrated talent in the field; it can be renewed for a second year.
Outstanding Art History Student Award
An annual award to an outstanding art history major in the Myers School of Art. Eligible students are nominated for this award by the art history faculty. When making the award, faculty
Outstanding Student Art Educator Award
An annual award to an outstanding art education major in the Myers School of Art. Eligible students are nominated for this award by the art education faculty. When making the award, faculty
In addition to the scholarships available through the Myers School of Art, the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences awards multiple endowed scholarships earmarked for
Ambitious Art Projects
Dashiell Tools and Materials Award
The Malcolm J. Dashiell Scholarship Fund was created in 1997 through an estate gift from Janet Dashiell Gardner in memory of her husband who taught sculpture at The University of Akron for 17 years and helped establish the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program. The Dashiell Tools and Materials Award provides students in the Myers School of Art partial support (up to $1000 in Fall 2019) for art supplies, tools, software, and or other special materials needed to realize ambitious projects, including work towards their Senior Exhibition, Senior Thesis, or Honors Projects.
This grant is available in both fall and spring terms; the deadline is Friday of the 8th week of classes by noon (Spring 2020 deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020 by 12 noon). The required cover sheet can be found on the last page of the guidelines. Dashiell Tools and Materials Guidelines and Cover Sheet.
Venice Biennale Scholarship
The Folk Charitable Foundation Venice Biennale International Travel and Study of Art Scholarship
Gillette Study of the Arts Abroad Scholarship
The John and Barbara Gillette Study of the Arts Abroad Scholarship
The Gillette Study of the Arts Abroad program for Fall 2018 enabled students to visit the FIAC Contemporary Art Fair in Paris, France. The application for the Fall 2020 trip to Germany is now open. The deadline is Friday of the 5th week of classes by noon (Spring 2020 deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020 by 12 noon). Gillette Study of the Arts Abroad Scholarship Guidelines and Cover Sheet.
Dashiell Travel Award
The Malcolm J. Dashiell Scholarship Fund was created in 1997 through an estate gift from Janet Dashiell Gardner in memory of her husband who taught sculpture at The University of Akron for 17 years and helped establish the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program. The Dashiell Travel Award provides students in the Myers School of Art partial support (up to $1,000 in Fall 2018) for educational travel including study-abroad, art workshops, seminars and conferences, and travel to art exhibits.
This grant is available in both fall and spring terms; the deadline is Friday of the 8th week of classes by noon (Spring 2020 deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020 by 12 noon). The required cover sheet can be found on the last page of the guidelines. Dashiell Travel Award Guidelines and Cover Sheet.
Puglia New York City Travel Grant
Established in 2014, the John M. Puglia Endowed New York City Travel Fund for Art Students is intended to provide full or partial support for students in the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art at The University of Akron to travel to New York City during the school’s annual spring trips. The fund honors the memory of the late John M. Puglia, a 1988 graduate of The University of Akron and seeks to inspire students’ passion for art and New York City, just as John was inspired when he traveled to New York City as part of a student trip led by UA Art Professor Don Harvey. Spring 2020 applications will open in Spring 2020, for past guidelines, please click HERE.