Visual Arts Scholarships

Visual Arts Scholarships are awarded to talented and promising artists based upon a portfolio submission and artist’s statement. Class of 2026 scholarship applications for the $1,000 Visual Arts Scholarship are due by November 10, 2021. Students interested in the Visual Arts Scholarship must complete the following:

Register & Sit for the Entrance-Scholarship Exam

Villa Maria administers the High School Placement Test (HSPT) as our Entrance-Scholarship Exam. Test dates for the Class of 2026 will take place on Sunday, October 17 & Saturday, October 23.

Apply to Villa Maria

An application must be on file in the Admissions Office before a student can be considered for a scholarship. Learn about applying here.

Complete the Visual Arts Scholarship Application

Complete the Visual Arts Scholarship Application by November 10, 2021. Please note that this application deadline has now passed.

Submit Portfolio and Artist's Statement

Complete an Artist’s Statement, no longer than one page, typed and double-spaced, as well as a portfolio with six (6) works of art. This work must be original and recent. Please do not copy from the Internet or photographs.

You must include:

  • Three (3) works of art from direct observation (still life, self portrait, interior space, exterior space, etc.) in any medium
  • Three (3) works of art completed in your 7th or 8th grade year

Please submit your portfolio and artist’s statement by November 10, 2021, to the Main Office. All materials must include your name and be neatly presented in a portfolio case.

Three semi-finalists will be chosen and notified by late November 2021. Those semi-finalists will need to schedule an interview with the Art Instructor, Mrs. Kate Brown. The scholarship will be awarded by mid-December 2021.

One student will be the recipient of the Visual Arts Scholarship. It will be renewable each year based on the following criteria:

  • Student understands and follows the IHM Charism and upholds Villa Maria Academy’s Core Values.
  • Student is in good standing academically and has a conduct grade no lower than passing (P).
  • Student maintains an A in all art courses.
  • Student participates in and helps with Freshman Art Club and Sophomore Art Club.
  • Student takes the following courses:
    • 9th Grade: Studio 1
    • 10th Grade: Studio 2 (can also take a .25 credit elective)
    • 11th Grade: Art Major (can also take AP Art History and/or one or two .25 credit electives)
    • 12th Grade: AP Studio Art or Honors Advanced Art Major (can also take AP Art History and/or one or two .25 credit electives)

Please contact Mrs. Kate Brown at with any questions you may have regarding visual arts scholarships.