Fine Arts Scholarships

The Millsaps College Arts Scholars program is designed for applying high school seniors and transfer students who will either be majoring in the arts at Millsaps or be non-majors participating in the arts during their time at the college. These scholarships are available in the disciplines of Art HistoryCreative WritingMusic, and Studio Art, and are awarded based on portfolio reviews, auditions, and/or interviews, which take place annually on campus during Arts Scholars Days. Because of the pandemic, this year’s Arts Scholars Days auditions and interviews will take place virtually on Friday, February 19, and Friday, February 26.

In 2020, up to $5,000 was awarded to qualifying Arts Scholars in addition to the merit-based scholarships students had already received upon their acceptance to the college. Students may audition in multiple disciplines (Studio Art and Music; Art History, Music, and Creative Writing, etc.), but no more than two Fine Arts Scholarships will be awarded to an individual student.

To be considered for these scholarships, interested students must apply to the college.

Additionally, students must:

  • Complete their Arts Scholars application.
  • Submit any supplemental material, which is listed on the links to the individual departments at the top of this page.
  • Have an instructor or teacher who is familiar with your work submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf directly to the designated professor in that department: Dr. Elise Smith (Art History and Studio Art,, Dr. Michael Pickard (Creative Writing,, and Dr. Rachel Heard (Music,

All materials listed above should be submitted to Admissions no later than Monday, February 15, 2021, by 4:00 p.m.

Confirmation of completion of your application will be sent via email.

If you are interested in the Arts Scholars program but are unable to meet the February 15th deadline for submitting your audition material, please email the designated professor in that department: Dr. Elise Smith (Art History and Studio Art), Dr. Michael Pickard (Creative Writing), and Dr. Rachel Heard (Music). An alternative audition and/or portfolio review date must be requested by January 13th for students with significant conflicts and for long-distance applicants.

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