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Art Scholarships
2012 Annual Student Exhibition

The Department of Art and Design offers full and partial scholarships to first-year students with a record of exemplary skills in high school. Two full-time, four-year scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate extraordinary proficiency in drawing, painting, printmaking, illustration, graphic design, and/or photography. St. John's also bestows a $1,000 incentive scholarship to high school seniors who demonstrate excellence in the visual arts.

Students currently enrolled in the B.F.A. programs may take advantage of the University's William B. Ronalds Art Scholarship Fund, Carmela Mirro-Young Scholarship Fund, and Figueira-Merk Scholarship Fund. 

You can find information about all scholarships open to students in the department below. You can also find information about other SJU Endowed Scholarships on the Endowed Scholarships page.

34th Annual Art and Design Scholarship Competition for the 2018-2019 Academic Year for High School Seniors

St. John’s University's Department of Art and Design will offer again two full and three partial scholarships to Fall 2018 incoming first-year students who demonstrate a proficiency in the visual arts drawing, painting, printmaking, illustration, graphic design, and photography. All students who apply to one of our B.F.A. programs and submit a portfolio of their work via SlideRoom by January 15, 2018 will be considered for the scholarships. Please note that although we have rolling admissions, only those who apply and submit their portfolio requirements by this date will be considered for the art scholarships.

Portfolio Requirements and Submission Process

B.F.A. applicants must submit their portfolio via SlideRoom. This online portfolio service will allow you to upload, label, arrange, and submit your portfolio electronically.

We request 12-15 images, JPEG format for the Macintosh platform.

To upload your images, please go to:

  • Files must be labeled as follows: First initial, last name, image number (e.g., jdoe_1).

  • Digital images can’t be larger than 1200 pixels on the longest side and saved in JPEG format.
  • Along with your portfolio, please submit an inventory sheet with your name, date of birth, degree for which you are applying (eg: BFA in Fine Art, Photography, Graphic Design, or Illustration), title, dimensions, materials, and date of each piece. This document must be saved as a PDF in order to upload it to SlideRoom with your portfolio.

Please make sure that you have applied to the university before uploading your digital portfolio.

Acceptance into St. John’s University (Bachelor of Fine Arts Program with a major in Graphic Design, Fine Arts, Photography, or Illustration) is a prerequisite for this scholarship. All students wishing to be considered for the program must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students from the state of New York, must also complete the New York State Tuition Assistance Application (TAP).

Portfolios are evaluated on artistic expression and sensitivity, technique, and concept. For more information on the type of work that should be included in your portfolio, please visit our Portfolio Requirements Page.

If you have any questions or comments, or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our faculty members, please call 718-990-6250 or e-mail [email protected].

William B. Ronalds Art Scholarship Fund

Former art professor and chair William Ronalds saw a need to establish a scholarship fund for students enrolled in the B.F.A. programs who found themselves in financial crisis. With the help of friends and Vice President of Community Relations Joseph Sciame,  Ronalds founded what was initially called "Art Students in Crisis." For the past 20 years, the scholarship has kept deserving art students in school, enabling them to complete their degrees and succeed in their careers as artists. We thank all of our generous alumni who continue to contribute to William B. Ronalds Art Scholarship Fund and support art students and the arts through challenging economic times. 

Carmela Mirro-Young Scholarship Fund

Carmela Mirro-Young

The Carmela Mirro-Young Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 by the Mirro family in memory of their late daughter. Born on June 12, 1961,  Carmela Mirro-Young '83C was a fine arts major who was generous, talented, and above all, loving. She was passionate about the arts and excelled in painting, sculpture, and drawing. She passed away on October 9, 1998 at the age of 37 from thrombo-thrombocytopenia purpura, a rare blood disorder. The Carmela Mirro-Young Scholarship is awarded each year in her honor to an SJU undergraduate who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in fine arts and displays academic and/or financial need.

Figueira-Merk Scholarship Fund

This fund was established in 1997 by Theresa M. Figueira, M.D. in accordance with the wishes of the late Harvey J. Merk, M.D. to provide partial annual scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing a major or minor in the humanities (English, Philosophy, Theology, Classics, Asian Studies, Fine Arts, or a foreign language) who demonstrate both financial need and academic achievement.