Scholarship Resources

Undergraduate Scholarship Resources

Institutional Awards

Students applying to Memphis College of Art will be considered for a portfolio scholarship based on the credentials submitted during the application process. These awards are based on full-time attendance and will be prorated for part-time enrollment and renewable through the completion of degree requirements. Students must maintain the following cumulative grade point averages (CGPA) to renew their awards each year: 2.0 for freshmen (0-29 credits); 2.25 for sophomores (30-59 credits); 2.50 for juniors (60-99 credits); and 2.75 for seniors (90+ credits).

Special Merit Scholarships

Students who are continuing enrollment will be considered for Special Merit Scholarship awards in the spring semester for the following academic year. Approximately 30 scholarships of varying value are given, ranging from $500 to $6,000.

Merit scholarships recognize merit and/or excellence in a particular discipline or division or other criteria as determined by the donor. Scholarships are based on full-time enrollment and are awarded over the academic year, half in the fall and half in the spring. They will be prorated for part-time attendance and students attending just one semester of the following academic year will only receive half the annual award.

Special merit scholarship recipients are required to participated in MCA’s Give Back community service program by working up to 30 hours over the course of the academic award year.

Outside Scholarships

Scholarships or “free money” are the best way to help pay for college because they don’t have to be paid back. All scholarships will have specific criteria as to who qualifies for the award, what the guidelines are for applying, and what amount will be paid. Scholarships may be offered by an organization, government, or by private sources. The best place to begin your search is by exploring organizations that you or your family may be part of: employers, schools, churches, professional associations, unions, and foundations.

MCA recommends free scholarship searches on the Internet. Here is a list of resources that may be a good starting point:

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