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There are more than 100 scholarship opportunities available and over $150,000 awarded each year.  Scholarships and awards help recognize the excellence of our students and are made possible by the generosity of private individuals, local businesses and alumni who have been moved to give back to the university. Many scholarships are established in memory of special individuals who valued the arts and education. These gifts help honor those individuals and carry on their memory. Congratulations to all of this year’s Scholarship Award Recipients! See a full list of this year’s recipients.

To be considered for the College of Fine Arts and Design scholarships, applicants must be enrolled within any of the CFAD disciplines; ACM@UCO, Art, Dance, Design, Music or Theatre Arts.  Scholarships may be awarded based on merit, financial need or other criteria specified.  Most CFAD scholarships are open for application during the first few weeks of the Spring semester and are awarded for distribution during the following academic year.


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2022-23 Application Period 

CFAD is accepting scholarship applications from Jan. 18-Feb. 11, 2022.

Students are encouraged to begin the application process as early as they can.

Student Success in the Arts and Design Fund

Students with financial emergencies are encouraged to apply for scholarship aid from the Student Success in the Arts and Design Fund. This fund was established in 2013 to address unexpected hardships faced by CFAD students that cannot be covered through traditional financial aid or scholarships. Funds can be accessed by students at any time during the academic year through a simple application process, making this the best method to support students facing an unforeseen financial crisis.

Students may apply for funds no more than one time a semester. Amounts of awards will vary based on demonstrated need, and the number of awards granted each semester is subject to the availability of funds.

Emergency Financial Aid Application


Preparing for Scholarship Applications


Request a transcript from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in Room 124 of the Nigh University Center. For more information, call (405) 974-2727, visit How to Request a Transcript or browse help articles and chat with a live agent at the Broncho OneStop Help Center.

Personal Artist Statement

CFAD scholarship applications require a 250-word personal artist statement describing academic interests and how they relate to career objectives. The same statement may be used for each scholarship.

Faculty Letters of Recommendation

Some scholarship applications require letters of recommendation from faculty members. Students will submit their faculty's email addresses during the application, and they will receive an online form to complete. It’s best practice to ask their permission in advance and give them plenty of time to do their part.

Artwork / Essay / Additional Questions

Some scholarship applications require original artwork, an essay or answering additional questions. Please review the individual scholarship criteria for specific requirements.

NOTE: All requirements are based on your status during the upcoming academic year, unless otherwise stated.

Contact Us

Donors and Friends

Interested in contributing to or establishing a scholarship?

College of Fine Arts and Design Development Office:

(405) 974-3783 or

Incoming and Current Students

Questions about applying for CFAD scholarships?

Tami Jackson, Project Coordinator

(405) 974-3783 or