Foundations Merit Scholarship



KCAD Foundations students who have been full time in the Fall and Spring Semesters of their first year at KCAD, and who have completed the majority of required first year courses for their major at KCAD, are eligible to apply for FYE Merit Scholarships ranging from $300 - $1000.

Foundations students with previously earned credits prior to attending KCAD are encouraged to apply for this scholarship opportunity.
Stipulation: any work submitted by Foundations students, both FTIAC (First Time In Any College) or Transfer students, must be work completed at KCAD from FYE courses. 


To apply, students must submit a portfolio through Slideroom by Friday, May 26, 2023.  There is no cost for the student to apply 


Portfolio submissions MUST include the following: 

  • A General Education artifact assignment (please submit as a PDF)
  • An Art History analysis assignment from KCAH 112 (please submit as a PDF)
  • A list of any extracurricular activities, including but not limited to: KCAD and larger community club activities, events, volunteering, memberships, exhibitions (please submit as a PDF)
  • Images of three projects from every FYE studio course completed (see examples below)

*All portfolio work is required for courses students are already taking, so students just need to compile/submit


Four external reviewers will assess the portfolios to determine merit scholarships: 

2023 Reviewers

  • Michelle Romo – illustrator / product designer / maker of fun things
  • Dr. Elizabeth Zarur – art historian
  • Brian Kelly– photographer
  • Ted Dodson – writer / editor


  • Merit Awards range from $300 - $1000 
  • Not based on GPA or need 
  • Applied to the awarded student’s tuition the following year 



Emma Firmiss (BFA Printmaking)

Visual Work

Written Work


Ashley Grotenhuis (BFA Interior Design)

Visual Work

Written Work


Emilee Holzwarth (BFA Graphic Design)

Visual Work

Written Work


Kate Timmerman (BFA Interior Design)

Visual Work

Written Work