Scholarships for Current and Incoming Students in Art & Design

There are a variety of scholarships available to UMass Lowell students, who are encouraged to apply if they qualify. Please read all guidelines carefully.

The Friends of the Art and Design Department Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Friends of the Art and Design Department Endowed Scholarship Fund provides scholarship support for students pursuing a degree in the Art and Design Department at the University. Scholarships will be awarded to students selected by the Office of Financial Aid in consultation with the Chairperson of the Art and Design Department based on the following criteria:

  • Students will be enrolled full-time as undergraduate majors in Studio Art or Graphic Design;
  • Students must have and maintain a grade point average of 3.000 or higher; and
  • Students must have financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office

The William E. Peredina, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship supports undergraduate art students. Scholarship recipient must be a declared major in one of the following art degree programs: a) Studio Art concentration, b) Graphic Design concentration; declared majors in their freshman year; with a minimum GPA of B+ for consideration. Any Massachusetts resident student may be eligible.

The Brenda Atwood Pinardi Endowed Scholarship Fund

Awarded twice each academic year in April and October. Eligible are rising senior students in the Studio Art Discipline with a 3.000 GPA whose work reflects serious and exceptional aesthetic investigation that grows out of a painting discipline (may include painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking). If there is not a senior who meets the criteria, an award may be given to a junior who meets the criteria.

This award is provided by the Brush Gallery and Artists’ Studios whose mission is to nurture the working artist; to keep the visual arts alive and healthy in the heart of Lowell's historic district; to use art to focus attention on important social and environmental issues; to demonstrate through exhibitions and cultural programming the diverse and rich heritage that exists in Lowell; and to make Lowell a destination for viewing some of the finest art being produced in New England and beyond.

Priority for this scholarship is given to incoming and first-year art majors. However, all art majors are eligible to apply. The scholarship is an annual award of $1,000 based on merit.

Applications for these scholarships can be found in the UMass Lowell online scholarship system website. Includes all the art department scholarships and university wide scholarships. The scholarship deadline is early April every spring.

Please note that in addition to the Financial Aid application, if you are applying for one of these scholarships, you need to submit your art or design portfolio online.

In addition, the Art and Design Department matches the College of FAHSS World Ready Scholarship: This is a scholarship for study-abroad students.

Not Sure if You're Qualified for Scholarships?


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In addition to the UML scholarships, student can also apply for University of Massachusetts system scholarships as well as other unique opportunities.

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