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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 Graphic Design awards several scholarships on the basis of creative performance. Entering freshmen, 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.

Graphic 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: February 2, 2018
The Nordan Young Graphic Designer Award is open to entering freshmen 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
Students must submit an online application, portfolio and recommendations. Please read the guidelines carefully. Late or incomplete portfolios will not be processed.

Portfolio: The portfolio should demonstrate technical competence, creative expression, diversity of style and insight using design to solve communication problems. Students must submit 15 to 20 images of original works. At least five must focus specifically on composition. Remaining images should demonstrate a range of ability that may include photography, drawing, 3D design, software proficiency and graphic design.

Letters of Recommendation: Please have two letters of recommendation sent to:

Department of Graphic Design
Attn: Scholarship Committee
Texas Christian University
PO Box 298000
Fort Worth, TX 76129

How to submit: Your portfolio must be submitted electronically through TCU’s Slideroom web page.

If you have difficulty submitting work through Slideroom please email


Merit Scholarship Award for Currently Enrolled TCU students

Application deadline: February 9, 2018
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.


Renewal of Merit Scholarships

Application deadline: February 10, 2018

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.