Fine Arts Talent Scholarship

The Department of Art and Design at Bradley University offers competitive scholarships to art majors with talent and motivation. The department faculty strongly believe that funding for talented studio artists is essential. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, the process is simple.

Deadline: Preference will be given to applications received by December 1st.
Requirement: Must be an accepted applicant to Bradley University, or an existing student, and majoring in art and design.

Application Instructions

Your application for the following academic year must be received by Dec. 1, as work examples received after that date will not be considered for review. Please send portfolios directly to the address listed below, not the admissions office. Scholarships are not related to family income or other grants or scholarships. If you receive a scholarship, it is renewable according to academic standards and regulations established for the scholarship.

Submit the following items:

  1. A completed copy of the application form for the Department of Art and Design Fine Arts Talent Scholarship.
  2. Submit 12-20 digital images of your best work on a flash drive or via Google Drive. Images should demonstrate a variety of work and can include any media. Flash drives will not be returned. Do not send a returned stamped envelope.
  3. Include a typed index of images that corresponds to the file names and titles of your artwork.

If you have questions, call the Department of Art and Design office at (309) 677-2967.
If via Google Drive, please submit your artwork to If artwork is on a flash Drive, submit to:

Fine Art Talent Scholarship
Bradley University
Department of Art and Design
1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Peoria, IL 61625

A Guide to Portfolio Preparation

What is a portfolio? A portfolio of artwork should be a collection of your best and most recent work. It is a crucial part of your application. The portfolio helps the school evaluate your achievements and potential, and represents your view of yourself and your work. Many different portfolios are necessary during your career as an artist or designer: for graduate school, exhibits, galleries, buyers and employers. The portfolio required for the scholarship should include 12-20 pieces in a variety of media. Fewer pieces may not allow an accurate assessment of your potential. We are interested in your drawing ability, use of color in two- and three-dimensional work, and, if graphic design, some understanding of typography and layout, thus there is no exact formula for preparing the “right” portfolio. Ensure the work you present is not blurry or pixelated. Art teachers can help you with the selection and photographing of your work, but you should make the final decision on what best represents you.

The Norma and George Kottemman Memorial Travel Award

This award is offered to an art and design student applying to Study Abroad, either for the shorter interim trips or for the full semester. The student recipient will be selected by the Department of Art and Design Chairperson and the Director of the Study Abroad Program, based on recommendation from faculty, consideration of the student's GPA, overall standing and commitment within their area of study.

Deadline: Ongoing, dependent on time frame of specific Study Abroad trip.
Requirement: Must be an existing fulltime student, majoring in art and design.

Vicki Cooksey

Vicki Cooksey

Administrative Support

     Heuser Art Center 101
    (309) 677-2967