Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Handbook

Scholarships and Awards

General Information

The Stamps School wants to provide as much financial support and incentive as possible to as wide a range of students as possible. Funding is available for international study (including a passport scholarship); internship support; professional development; and tuition during the regular academic year. A few awards are made during fall term for the current year, but most scholarships and awards are made during winter term, usually for use the following academic year. The Winter Scholarship Competition offers scholarships for the subsequent academic year in amounts ranging from $500-$10,000.

Our alumni and friends have generously supported the work of our undergraduate students though their gifts to the School. All students who receive scholarships or awards from the Stamps School are expected to write the donors or fund representatives a thank-you note for each year of funding.

Amber Connell (amconnel@umich.edu), Stamps Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Assistant Director, will be in touch with you about sending your thank-you note.

International Experience Awards

Deadlines: Nov 15, Jan 15, and Apr 15

  • Passport scholarships: For students with financial need, $175
  • Marjorie A. Bacon: In honor of a Stamps alumna
  • Milton J. Cohen Fund: In memory of a beloved faculty member
  • Barbara & Dorothy Heers Memorial Travel Award: For juniors studying ceramics, fiber, or metal
  • Tamer Travel Grants: For students with financial need
  • Candy R. Wei International Travel Award: In memory of a Stamps student, 1980-2001, www.candywei.org
  • Candy R. Wei Prize for International Studies in Art & Design: For five graduating seniors, $1000 in recognition of exemplary work influenced by their International Experience.

Apply through M-Compass: mcompass.umich.edu/?go=ArtDesign%5FFunding

Internship Support

The Stamps School is able to provide support for students with demonstrable financial need who might not otherwise be able to undertake an unpaid or underpaid internship. Full details, including the application, are at stamps.umich.edu/career/internship_scholarship

  • Lisa and Tim Sloan Fund for Student Internships
  • Maxine and Larry Snider Design Award
  • Markus Family Fund
Fall Term Awards

The Undergraduate Juried Exhibition in early December allows students a chance to show their best work and win awards that range from $800-$2000. You can’t win if you don’t enter.

The 150 Award ($250) is given to three students who submit the best papers written in Art and Design in Context, ArtDes 150.

Winter Term Awards

Sophomore Review Awards ($250-$500) recognize students whose sophomore reviews are deemed outstanding by the reviewing faculty committee.

Winter Scholarship Competition

The Stamps School of Art & Design offers enrolled undergraduates the opportunity to compete for merit-based scholarships during the winter term for use in the subsequent academic year. The competition opens in early March, closes at the end of March, and winners are announced in April. More information about individual awards and scholarships, including application requirements, will be available in early March. Please Note: amounts are approximate.

  • Kelly McKinnell Memorial Award. $1000
  • The Kristoffer Gillette Scholarship. $2000
  • Alice Elizabeth Kalom Award. $1000
  • David Robert and Sylvia Jean Nelson Foundation for Arts and Letters Scholarship. $5000
  • Stamps Creative Work Awards. Six awards, $5000 each
  • The Irene Bychinsky Bendler Award in Design. $5000
  • The Riggs Hoenecke Scholarship for Design. $10,000
  • William Carter Award. $1000
  • The Marilyn and Budge Sherwood Scholarship. $1000
  • The Silberman Scholarship. $1000
  • Arden Fate Awards. Two awards, $500 each
  • William A. Lewis Watercolor Prize. Two awards, $500 each
Special Opportunities

The Stamps School, in collaboration with the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, offers an advanced painting student a full scholarship including travel to one of the Anderson Ranch summer workshops in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Nominations are solicited from the painting faculty in January.

In March, the Stamps School nominates up to two students for the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut. Students who are awarded the fellowship spend six weeks (May-July) engaged in advanced work in printmaking, painting, drawing, or photography at the Yale Summer School. The Stamps School provides travel, art supplies, and all fees. The Stoeckel Fellowship covers tuition, room, and board.

IP and Capstone Grants and Awards

As part of their professional development, IP and Capstone students apply for modest Stamps-supports grants to defray the costs associated with creating and exhibiting their work. The IP/Capstone faculty administer these funds. IP and Capstone students and faculty vote on outstanding students to receive $1000 IP awards.

The Gorman Prize is awarded to the most outstanding IP student.

Other Opportunities

Although student jobs in Stamps are often restricted to students who are receiving work-study as part of their financial aid package, that is not always the case. Students with specialized skills can find employment with the Stamp Communications Team (photography, graphic design) or with the Smucker • Wagstaff Academic Programs Center (advising). John Luther, the Stamps Career Opportunities Coordinator, sends out daily announcements and posts for short- and long-tem employment.