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The Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship is a competitive award, based on the requirements of the department in which you apply. Award amounts are between $1,000 and $9,000 per year, renewable each semester for up to 8 consecutive semesters. High school seniors are invited to apply if they plan to attend WKU and major in one of the degrees listed below.

Eligibility: Only incoming first-year students are eligible for this award.

Due: Feb 1 

How to Apply: Learn more and Apply on the PCAL Website

Departmental Scholarships

Spring 2023 Application Deadline: Apply by Weds, Feb 22, 2023

The Department of Art & Design awards more than $50,000 total each year to between 20 – 40 students with majors in Art & Design.

Eligibility: Current Students with Majors in the Department of Art & Design

Due: Applications are due in early spring for the following academic year.

Eligibility: Students must have a major in the Department of Art & Design; graduating seniors inquire before applying

How to Apply:

Following Application Best Practices Will Increase Your Chances of Receiving Funding, Review Our Best Practices Guidelines

1) Fill out the WKU TOPDollar application: https://wku.academicworks.com/        

2) Create a publicly-accessible folder (Google, Dropbox, etc) that includes ALL the following: (DO NOT SEND AS ATTACHMENT!)

  • Screenshot showing TOPDollar application complete.

  • Work Samples: 10-15 images of recent work (Art Ed & Art History Majors see instructions below)

  • A statement about the work

  • A cover letter addressing:

    • Artistic / creative achievements

    • Academic achievements

    • A statement of need

    • Anything else the scholarship committee should consider, such as ways you’ve been involved in the department or arts / design community; leadership or mentorship roles you’ve taken in and outside of class; and all the ways you are awesome!

Work Sample Instructions for Art Education Majors:

  • 6-12 images of studio work of two or more media completed in the past two years. Work created while enrolled in WKU studio courses preferred.

  • You may also include: photo documentation of P-12 and community-based teaching; feedback from service-learning; documentation from PD Workshops or conferences; and additional information based on your field of study. Speak to Dr. Miwon Choe for further questions and advice for Art Ed Majors.

Work Sample Instructions for Art History Majors:

  • 2 writing samples (recent essays or papers) will suffice in lieu of images and a statement

3) Submitting Your Application Folder:

Email the link to your application folder to art@wku.edu and kristen.darby@wku.edu

Make sure your application folder is shared to ‘everyone with the link'!

We know unexpected financial burdens can be crushing. We've got your back! The Care and Keeping Scholarship may be able to help with one-time emergency needs such as:

Basic Necessities :
• Hygiene Products
• Medicine
• Groceries or Gas  

Necessary Expenses:
• Emergency Child Care
• A Portion of this Month’s Utility Bills
• A Portion of this Month’s Rent

Scholarships can typically be awarded within days. Award amounts vary, but typically range from $30 - $70. 

Eligibility: Current Students with Majors / Minors / Certificates in the Department of Art & Design

Due: Awarded on a rolling basis; apply as needed

How to Apply: Email kristina.arnold@wku.edu for more information.


Emergency Tuition Scholarship funds are available to address student needs associated with tuition, required books and materials, housing, etc. The funds must be applied to your WKU student account. Max award: $500 per award; a student can re-apply and receive a max of $2,000 / academic year if need persists. While students can re-apply, priority may be given to first-time applicants. Awards are dependent upon departmental funding available.

Eligibility: Current Students with Majors in the Department of Art & Design

Due: Awarded on a rolling basis; apply as needed

How to Apply: Email art@wku.edu for an application.






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