Talent Scholarship criteria

The Wayne State University Talent Scholarship program is designed to recognize high school seniors or recent graduates with talent in ART and DESIGN. These scholarships are based on an evaluation of the talent of individual students by Wayne State University faculty and advisors and provide funds approximately equal to half of the cost of in-state tuition. The determination of the awards is strictly the decision of Wayne State University. 



  • Apply by November 1.
  • You must be a high school senior or recent graduate.
  • You must fulfill admission requirements to Wayne State University. Apply to Wayne State University today!
  • You must intend to pursue a degree in one of the following areas: ceramics, digital arts, drawing, fashion design and merchandising, fibers, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.

Award terms

  • The talent scholarship is available for eight consecutive academic terms or until you obtain the baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first
  • You must maintain good academic standing and meet the performance standards set by the department.
  • You must major in the talent area for which you are applying.
  • You must attend full time (12-16 credit hours) during the Fall and Winter terms. (Spring/Summer terms excluded.)
  • You may be awarded a talent scholarship in only one area of study.

Portfolio review

Portfolio reviews may be held in person or online. Students are expected to bring/upload 10-15 pieces of work from a variety of mediums. High school transcripts are not necessesary, but are always welcome.

The portfolio review is your opportunity to speak about your artwork. Why did you choose that color? Which techniques did you use? What are the influences on your work? What are your goals for studying Art or Design? These are some of the things that help the committee understand you, your work, and the processes you use. Think about these questions and others which might help the professors/advisors better understand your artwork. 

What to expect

The Art Department Scholarships and Awards Committee consists of faculty and advisors from the art department. All portfolio reviews will occur after the application deadline date has ended. Scholarship offers will be emailed to students. Those students who have been awarded will need to sign, date, and return the Talent Scholarship Agreement Form to the Chair of the Scholarships and Awards Committee Chair. All students who have applied will be contacted regardless of scholarship award decisions.

Questions? Email Avanti Herczeg, Art Department Scholarships and Awards Committee Chair, at ac2208@wayne.edu