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Scholarships in Art & Art History

We strongly encourage students to apply for scholarship awards for the study of Art or Art History. These awards are based on merit, and are evaluated and selected by appropriate committees. Students may apply for more than one award, if eligible; however, only one scholarship award per student is permitted. The scholarship will be credited to your university account as follows: half of the award will be made during the fall semester, and half in the spring semester. Each award requires a specific application procedure, as noted below. The deadline for this academic year's scholarship award applications is Friday, April 2, 2021. Eligibility is based on your social class and major declaration status as of April 1, 2021.  

Please see links below with information regarding to whom your applications are to be emailed.   All applications are found on line (click on the links below). Announcement of awards will be made in early November.


Joseph Palin Thorley Scholarships in Art
Eligibility: Sophomore & Junior declared majors in Studio Art (with the exception of Architecture). Established in 1988 with a legacy from the donor, an internationally known ceramicist, these awards are based on merit.

J. Binford Walford Scholarships in Architecture
Eligibility: Current students studying Architecture in the Department. Incoming freshmen are also eligible to apply. These awards were established in 1979 with a legacy from J. Binford Walford, an architect well known in Virginia, and his wife Aurelia Behm Walford. Awards are based on merit.

The Caitlin Clavette Memorial Scholarship for Art Supplies
Eligibility: Established in 2019 in honor of Caitlin Clavette ’06, this merit-based scholarship is open to all declared Studio Art majors who will be returning to the College in the fall.

Art History

Leslie Cheek Jr. Scholarship in Art History
Eligibility: All declared majors who are studying Art History in the Department. Leslie Cheek was the Chair of the Department in 1937-39, a distinguished critic, and the acclaimed Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. This award, established in 1979, is based on merit. Applications consist of a statement (500 words) of how your study of art history relates to your career objectives; a current transcript from BannerWeb; and one letter of recommendation from an Art History faculty member.

J. Binford Walford Scholarships in Architecture
Eligibility: Current students studying Architectural history in the Department.  Incoming freshmen are also eligible to apply. These awards were established in 1979 with a legacy from J. Binford Walford, an architect well known in Virginia, and his wife Aurelia Behm Walford. These awards are based on merit.

Charles Center Opportunities for Students

Here are grants and internships available for W&M students that we recommend through the Charles Center.

Louis E. Catron Grant for Artistic Development
These grants support the artistic growth of talented students in the creative and performing arts through off-campus educational experiences, either at a formal educational institution or through structured practical hands-on exposure, in the United States or abroad (when travel is allowed), for a summer or a semester. We encourage Catron grant recipients to enhance their talents through academic or studio classes, structured hands-on experiences, or a combination of the two. Although the number of awards and funding amounts vary, the maximum awarded is $5,000.

Woody Internships in Museum Studies
Thanks to the generosity of Carol and Robert Woody, the College has established the Woody Internship Scholarships in Museum Studies. The gift will provide funds for students with an interest in museum administration an opportunity to intern and conduct research at a respected museum that exhibits art, historical materials, etc. to the public.