Scholarships-MFA Program

All financial aid applicants are considered for available Sam Fox School fellowships and scholarships, as well as partial-tuition remission art scholarships. Each year, the Graduate School of Art will award one full-tuition scholarship to an incoming student; other MFA awards range from 25 percent to 75 percent of tuition.

Notable awards offered by the Graduate School of Art include:

Sam Fox School Graduate Scholarship
This new scholarship is awarded to one incoming applicant, and covers 100 percent of tuition ($39,790 for the 2016-17 academic year).

The Ernestine Betsberg and Arthur Osver Scholarship
This scholarship is made possible through a bequest from the estate of renowned artists Arthur Osver, a professor of art at Washington University for 21 years, and Ernestine Betsberg, his wife of more than six decades. The Ernestine Betsberg and Arthur Osver Scholarship is awarded to one incoming applicant of the College & Graduate School of Art who demonstrates significant artistic ability and future artistic promise. The award is equal to 75 percent of tuition.

The Catherine M. & Stanley R. Miller Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to one incoming applicant who demonstrates significant artistic ability and future artistic promise. The award is equal to 75 percent of tuition.

The Danforth Scholarship
Danforth Scholars are drawn from all of the University's graduate and undergraduate programs with the aim of fostering a community of high-achieving scholars. It is offered in recognition of academic achievement as well as leadership potential within the University and in the field of visual arts. The award is equal to 75 percent of tuition.

University-wide Scholarships

There are a few additional, University-wide scholarship/fellowship opportunities available that require the submission of a separate application:

Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship

The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship provides strong encouragement as well as generous financial support to outstanding and diverse students interested in careers as college or university professors. The deadline for completed applications and supporting documents is January 25. For more information, including an application form, click here.

Current recipients:
Kahlil Irving
Ronald Young

Past recipients:
Laylah Ali, MFA94
Lyndon Barrois, MFA13
Addoley Dzegede, MFA15
Yvonne Osei, MFA16
Elizabeth Simmons-Allen, MFA08
Ian Weaver, MFA08

Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships for Women
A joint enterprise of the Monticello College Foundation and Washington University, the Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships for Women provide renewable awards covering the cost of tuition for graduate study by women in a number of fields, including art. Current recipients include Kari Varner and Taylor Yocom. The deadline for completed applications and all supporting documents is January 25. For more information, including an application form, click here.

McDonnell International Scholars Academy
A core mission of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy is to develop future global leaders. We pursue this by recruiting outstanding graduates of partner institutions from around the world for PhD or professional degree programs at Washington University. It is more than academic talent alone that we seek, however. We also seek McDonnell Academy Scholars who have an interest in broader societal issues, and once they are here, we provide them with opportunities to develop their leadership skills. These opportunities include experiencing the cultural and political life of America, learning about other societies, and meeting major figures from business, government, academia, and the nonprofit sector. For more information, click here or e-mail mcdonnell@wustl.edu.