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Prospective freshmen wishing to be considered for SADAH merit scholarships are required to attend a scheduled On-campus Portfolio Review Day and submit additional materials through Slideroom. There are no additional forms or separate applications to complete to be considered for these merit scholarships.

Sign up for an On-campus Portfolio Review Day 

Prospective Art History majors should see detailed application instructions for the Lisanby Art History Scholars in Museum Studies below.* 


Excellence in the Arts Awards
Recipients of the Madison Award for Academic Excellence possess superior academic records, unusual intellectual curiosity and an exceptional love for learning.  Scholarship amounts are tied to the cost of in-state tuition and fees based on the year you enter the university and continue at the same amount for a maximum of four consecutive years. The value of this scholarship is equivalent to 50% of the cost of tuition and fees (exclusive of orientation, tuition differential and course fees) at the in-state rate. Non-Virginia residents will pay the difference between out-of-state tuition and fee costs and their scholarship.

Freshmen Portfolio Scholarships
Recipients of the Freshman Portfolio Scholarship possess superior academic records, unusual intellectual curiosity, and an exceptional love for learning. The scholarship amount is $2,000 per academic year, for four years (for a total award of $8,000). Receiving this award is contingent upon you declaring architectural design, art history, art studio, or graphic design as your major. Students must maintain good academic standing (as well as maintaining a major in the School of Art, Design and Art History) to qualify for renewal.

Lisanby Art History Scholars in Museum Studies*
Eligible recipients for the Lisanby Art History Scholars in Museum Studies are incoming freshmen who declare Art History as their major and who have an interest in museum studies. The successful recipients must additionally complete a 1-credit internship with Dr. Kathryn Stevens at the Madison Art Collection exploring areas of museum studies during the first semester of their freshman year. Award: $2,000 for the freshman year. Prospective Art History majors who wish to be considered for the Lisanby Art History Scholars in Museum Studies must e-mail Dr. Kathryn Stevens at with the following information and attend a Lisanby Scholarship interview at a scheduled On-campus Portfolio Review Day:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Writing sample (no length requirement)
  • An essay that addresses why you wish to study Art History and Musem Studies at JMU (no length requirement)

Prospective Art History majors are not required to submit a portfolio or additional materials for review but should follow the regular JMU admissions process.

Arthur and Shonda Moats Scholarship
The Arthur and Shonda Moats Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman majoring in Art Studio who demonstrates financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. This scholarship may be awarded for all four academic years provided the student meets the criteria. If there is not an Art Studio student who meets these criteria, the scholarship will be awarded to a freshman majoring in Education or Political Science.

Marlene and Peter Coe Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship
Eligibility: incoming freshman. See full description.

J.Binford Walford Scholarship in Architecture
This scholarship was established by the estate of J.Binford Walford to encourage incoming freshmen to pursue an architectural career upon graduation from JMU.

Two-year Housing Award
The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) provides free housing for the first two years of undergraduate study to one recipient.  

Wayland Hall Guarantee Awards
Guaranteed acceptance into the Arts Learning Community in the recently renovated Wayland Hall.

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