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In addition to TCU’s full range of scholarships, the College of Fine Arts offers competitive scholarships specifically for its students.


Departmental Scholarships

The Department of Design awards several scholarships for Graphic Design majors and pre-majors, on the basis of creative performance. Entering first-year students, transfer students and currently-enrolled students are all eligible to apply and submit a portfolio for examination. Specific awards and application details are outlined below.

Design students may receive other forms of scholarships, grants, and financial aid through the University. For more information about those opportunities, contact TCU’s Office of Financial Aid.


Nordan Young Graphic Designer Award

Application deadline: Application deadline for 2022 Scholarships has passed.

Deadline for 2023 Nordan Scholarships is December 1, 2022.
The Nordan Young Graphic Designer Award is open to entering first-year students with superior talent in graphic design, with 12 or fewer semester hours of college-level credit upon entering TCU. (AP and dual-enrollment credit do not apply toward the 12 hours).
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must major in graphic design or design studies.

Scholarships are renewable for up to three academic years (a total of four years-worth of awards) in the student’s undergraduate program.

How to apply
To apply, download the following application and carefully follow the instructions.




Merit Scholarship Award for Currently Enrolled TCU Graphic Design Majors and Pre-Majors

Application deadline: February 10, 2023
Merit scholarships are for students who are currently enrolled at TCU or students who have transferred to TCU and are majoring in graphic design or design studies.

Available scholarships include the Nordan Fine Arts, Emily Guthrie Smith, Fine Arts Guild, Carol Thornton, Samuel P. Ziegler and Brittany Joy Cune Memorial Scholarship. Awards will be assigned to the top candidates presenting portfolio/works in the annual open competition. Selection is made by submission and presentation of a portfolio and statement of professional goals. Late or incomplete portfolios will not be accepted. Watch your email for specific details and deadlines for applying for a Merit Scholarship. Emails are sent out each Spring semester.


Renewal of Merit Scholarships

Current holders of the Young Nordan, Nordan Scholar, Emily Guthrie Smith, Fine Arts Guild, Carol Thornton, Samuel P. Ziegler and Brittany Joy Cune Memorial Scholarships must submit a portfolio each year to renew the award. In addition to a portfolio examination, renewal is based on maintaining a 3.0 GPA in the area of the award and successfully meeting TCU grade standards for non-probationary students. Late or incomplete portfolios will not be accepted. Current holders will be contacted each Spring with specific details and deadlines for renewal of their existing Merit Scholarship.