College of Fine Arts (CFA) Scholarship Requirements for Art Majors

To apply for the CFA Scholarship in Art, you must:

1. Submit the scholarship application. 
Admitted students can submit their application on their myVIP page.

2. Submit an Artist Statement
A one-page essay indicating an applicant’s motivation for wishing to study at Millikin.

3. Submit Your Portfolio & Schedule a Review
Once you have been accepted into the university and you want to apply for a CFA Scholarship, you can submit your portfolio via Behance and other application materials. To schedule your review, call email the Administrative Assistant Lillian Jackson. Specific submission instructions can be found on the scholarship application.

Portfolio Review

Who should submit an art portfolio?

All students who have already been admitted to the University and wish to be eligible for a College of Fine Arts Scholarship you must submit a portfolio for review.

What must be included in my portfolio?

Applicants must submit a portfolio of artwork that includes the following materials:

  1. Drawings, sketches which indicate an applicant’s aptitude in the following areas: observation (work done from still life, photos, etc.), and creativity (work done from imagination, invention).

  2. Design projects, which indicate aptitude, involving an applicant’s skills in use of the visual elements: shape, line, texture, value, form.

  3. A one-page essay indicating an applicant’s motivation for wishing to study art at Millikin.

  4. High school (incoming freshmen) and college (transfer students) transcripts.

  5. Applicants also are welcome to include these optional materials, if appropriate: examples of Painting; examples of Photography; examples of Graphic Design; examples of 3D work (may be submitted electronically instead of actual work).

How should my portfolio be formatted and submitted?

Portfolio materials can be in one of the following formats:

  • Original student artwork presented in person at Millikin with an art professor.

  • High-resolution photographs (either printed or electronic) of student work. (Electronic submissions must be in PDF or jpg format)

  • Slides of student work sent via Behance or email at

  • * You can quickly create a free digital portfolio on

  • * Instructions for hosting files on Behance can be found here.

  • * Behance allows for users to embed videos, sound files etc from the following third party sites and should cover most display needs: Vimeo, YouTube, Adobe TV, Giphy, Amazon, Appointy,, Twitter, Vine, Adobe Voice, Adobe Slate,,     Dailymotion, *SoundCloud, Mixcloud, Bandcamp, Scribd, Google Maps, Wufoo, SlideShare, Prezi, Sketchfab, Issuu, InVision and more.

What takes place in a portfolio review?

A faculty member will review the students’ work to determine the skill level of the student, their personal goals for studying art, and their eligibility for a College of Fine Arts Scholarship based on the work that they have submitted.

When are portfolios reviewed?

Portfolios are reviewed on a rolling basis. Contact Lillian Jackson at

Do I need to be present for my portfolio review?

It is not required that students be present for reviews. Students who live outside a 200-mile radius of Millikin may submit a portfolio electronically in lieu of a live portfolio review. However, faculty enjoy meeting and learning more about students in person.