Scholarship Descriptions

The Department of Art and Art History offers several scholarships to students in the program. These include:

  • The Shannon A. Broom ‘97 Scholarship
  • The Nina G. Bushnell Scholarship in Fine and Performing Arts
  • The Polly Updegraff Champ ‘61 Scholarship
  • The Rosalie Chauncey Scholarship for the Study of Painting in Paris
  • The Barbara Diane Hall Scholarship
  • Dr. Pauline Grace King ‘37 Study Abroad Scholarship in Art History
  • The Alfred Levitt Memorial Scholarship in Art
  • Emil R. Schnellock Scholarship in Art History
  • Emil R. Schnellock Scholarship in Studio Art
  • Thomas P. Somma Scholarship in Art History and Museum Studies
  • Teddy Foundation Scholarship in Art History
  • Teddy Foundation Scholarship in Studio Art
  • Thea K. Viadero ’98 Scholarship in Art History and Studio Art
  • J.B. Walford Scholarship in Architecture & Related Areas
  • J.B. Walford Travel Scholarship in Architecture & Related Areas

Below are overviews of each scholarship, including background, eligibility, and recipient selection.


Shannon A. Broom ‘97 Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Jan and Jules Broom as a tribute to their daughter, Shannon A. Broom. Shannon was a 1997 graduate of The University of Mary Washington and of the Studio Art program. Through this endowed scholarship, she is lovingly remembered by friends, UMW faculty, and her family for her commitment to the field of art, her love for learning, and her joy in being part of the University of Mary Washington academic program.

Eligibility: Studio Art majors are eligible. Demonstrated financial need is required.

Selection: The Art History and Studio Art faculty, in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid, will select the recipient of the Broom scholarship. Preference will be given to a student with demonstrated financial need.


Nina G. Bushnell Scholarship in the Fine or Performing Arts

Established by the Class of 1937 to honor outstanding students in the fine and performing arts.

Eligibility: Majors in Studio Art, Theatre, and Music are eligible and must be rising juniors or seniors at the time of application. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Selection: The Art History and Studio Art faculty, in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid, will select the recipient of the Bushnell scholarship.


Polly Updegraff Champ ‘61 Scholarship

This scholarship is for a student who has declared a major in theatre, music, art, or will be earning a teaching certification in secondary education.

Eligibility: Majors in Art History, Studio Art, Theatre, and Music are eligible.

Procedure for Application: At this time, there is no specified application process for this scholarship. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need and be in good academic standing. For further information, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Selection: Preference will be given first to a student from Connecticut and then to other non-Virginia students. The Art History and Studio Art faculty, in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid, will determine students who meet the requirements of demonstrated financial need and good academic standing.


Rosalie Chauncey Scholarship for the Study of Painting in Paris

Established in 1993, this scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates great potential for superior performance in drawing and painting. If the scholarship is not awarded in the advertised year, it may be available the next year depending on the decision of the Scholarship Coordinator. The Chauncey Scholarship is not affiliated with an established program of study in France. Students who apply for and receive the scholarship should seek advice from their major advisor and the Center for International Education to select an appropriate program of study in Paris. The scholarship may be awarded for a summer or semester term, or both.

A 15-20 minute talk to the department is required in the first semester upon your return.

Eligibility: The recipient must be a matriculating UMW student at the time the scholarship money is used. The scholarship shall be awarded for the study of painting in Paris prior to the senior year. Studio Art and Art History majors are eligible and must have completed their Major Assessment at the time of application. Students with strong drawing and painting skills are particularly encouraged to apply. Students with demonstrated financial need are also encouraged to apply.

Selection: The Scholarship Coordinator, in consultation with the Art History and Studio Art faculty, will select the recipient of the Chauncey Scholarship. Reviewers will focus on potential for superior performance in drawing and painting.


Barbara Diane Hall Scholarship

Established in 1982 by Mrs. Dorothy N. Bonnet in memory of her granddaughter, the Barbara Diane Hall Scholarship is offered to a student pursuing a major in the fine arts.

Eligibility: Art History and Studio Art majors are eligible.

Selection: The Art History and Studio Art faculty, in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid, will select the recipient of the Hall Scholarship. Reviewers will consider overall and major GPAs, interests and pursuits within the major, and overall merit.


Dr. Pauline Grace King ‘37 Study Abroad Scholarship in Art History

Pauline Grace King graduated from Mary Washington College in 1937. She completed her Ph.D. in art history at the University of Chicago in 1951 and returned to her alma mater that fall semester as a member of the faculty in the Department of Art. Dr. King was much beloved by her students as a mentor, role model, and champion. Through the funding of this endowment, former students Lynda S. White ‘, Lloyd Tilton Backstrom ‘61, and Judith Youngman Wigton ‘61, created this scholarship in Dr. King’s memory to support international studies in art history.

Eligibility: Junior or senior undergraduates who intend to pursue study abroad in art history.

Selection: The scholarship will be awarded to students who meet the requirements of a UMW-approved study abroad program as determined by the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for International Education. An approved program should include at least two art history courses per semester. The scholarship will be awarded for not more than one year and not less than one semester. Study programs limited to the summer term only are not eligible for consideration. Recipients are required to present a 15-20 minute talk to the Department of Art and Art History during the semester following their return.


The Alfred Levitt Memorial Scholarship in Art

This scholarship was established in the memory of Alfred Levitt—artist, teacher, cherished friend, and contributor to the Department of Art & Art History at The University of Mary Washington. Mr. Levitt’s affection for this institution and his encouragement of young artistic talent are remembered in this scholarship, which he funded through a generous provision in his estate. Generations of aspiring artists at Mary Washington will benefit from his gift, and Mr. Levitt’s legacy will live on in perpetuity at the University.

Eligibility: The scholarship shall be awarded annually to a rising junior or senior who is majoring in studio art.

Selection: The Art History and Studio Art faculty, in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid, will select the recipient of the Levitt Scholarship. Preference shall be given to a student with demonstrated financial need.


Emil R. Schnellock Scholarship in Art History

As a tribute to Professor Emil R. Schnellock, the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation established this award to be given to a student who majors in Art History.

Eligibility: Majors in Art History are eligible to apply. Students in their final (senior) year are not eligible. All candidates must have a 3.0 minimum GPA in both the major and in the overall degree program at the time of application.

Selection: The Art History and Studio Art faculty, in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid, will select the recipient of the Schnellock in Art History Scholarship.


Emil R. Schnellock Scholarship in Studio Art

As a tribute to Professor Emil R. Schnellock, the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation established this award to be given to a student who majors in Studio Art.

Eligibility: Majors in Studio Art are eligible and must have completed their Major Assessment. Applicants must also have a 3.0 minimum GPA in both the major and in the overall degree program at the time of application.

Selection: The Art History and Studio Art faculty, in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid, will select the recipient of the Schnellock in Studio Art Scholarship.


Thomas P. Somma Scholarship in Art History and Museum Studies

Family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Somma, Director of University Galleries from 1998 until his death in 2007, created this scholarship to recognize his legacy at the University of May Washington.

Eligibility: Recipients shall be rising juniors and seniors in the following order of priority: a) declared major in Art History with a minor in Museum Studies; b) declared major in Art History; c) minor in Museum Studies. Recipients shall be in good academic standing and shall be selected on the basis of merit.

Selection: The Art History faculty will select the recipient of the Somma Scholarship.


Teddy Foundation Scholarship in Art History

On behalf of anonymous donors, the Teddy Foundation has given a generous gift to the University of Mary Washington Foundation for the benefit of the Department of Art and Art History. This gift will be used to endow scholarships to benefit art history and studio art majors. These scholarships are specifically for students dedicated to the study of painting and the history of painting.

Eligibility: Majors in art history, with a focus in the history of painting, are eligible.  Students in the final (senior) year are not eligible. All candidates must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in both the major and overall degree program at the time of application. Preference will be given to a student with financial need, as established by criteria administered by the University’s Office of Financial Aid.

Selection: The Art History and Studio Art faculty, in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid, will select the recipient of the Teddy Foundation in Art History Scholarship. Reviewers will focus on clear prose and statement of intention, accuracy of information, and good writing skills.


Teddy Foundation Scholarship in Studio Art

On behalf of anonymous donors, the Teddy Foundation has given a generous gift to the University of Mary Washington Foundation for the benefit of the Department of Art and Art History. This gift will be used to endow scholarships to benefit art history and studio art majors. These scholarships are specifically for students dedicated to the study of painting and the history of painting.

Eligibility: Majors in studio art, with a focus in painting, are eligible. Students in the final (senior) year are not eligible. All candidates must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in both the major and overall degree program at the time of application. Preference will be given to a student with financial need, as established by criteria administered by the University’s Office of Financial Aid.

Selection: The Art History and Studio Art faculty, in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid, will select the recipient of the Teddy Foundation in Studio Art Scholarship.


Thea K. Viadero ’98 Scholarship in Art History and Studio Art

Roger Viadero and his family have endowed a scholarship in memory of his wife, Thea. Thea was a dedicated mother who saw her son graduate from Mary Washington College in 1993 before returning to pursue higher education herself. She earned her BLS degree from Mary Washington College in 1998, with a major in studio art. Her family has created this scholarship to honor her memory and to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of students in the BLS program at the University.

Eligibility: Students enrolled in the BLS degree program with a formally declared major in the Department of Art and Art History are eligible. Preference will be given to a student with financial need, as established by criteria administrated by the University’s Office of Financial Aid.

Selection: The Art History and Studio Art faculty will select the recipient. Reviewers will focus on clear prose and statement of intention, accuracy of information, goal writing skills, and quality of work represented in portfolio. Reviewers will consider overall and major GPAs, interests and pursuits within the major and overall merit.


J.B. Walford Scholarship in Architecture & Related Areas

Established in 1979 by the will of the late Aurelia B. Walford, this scholarship is awarded to majors in Art History, Studio Art, or Historic Preservation who have stated architecture-related career goals. The scholarship covers tuition and fee charges incurred for credit-awarding programs or courses that focus on architectural issues (architectural history, design, and historic preservation, including archaeology) during the 2007-2008 academic year (as can be charged to the recipient’s student account).

Eligibility: Majors in Art History, Studio Art, and Historic Preservation are eligible and must have earned at least 60 academic credits and have a 3.2 minimum GPA in the major and a 3.0 minimum GPA in the overall degree program. Additionally, candidates must have attended University of Mary Washington at least one academic year prior to application and have plans to pursue advanced study in architecture or architectural history or to seek employment in a related field.

Selection: The Departments of Art & Art History and Historic Preservation will select the recipients of the J.B. Walford Scholarship.


J.B. Walford Travel Scholarship in Architecture & Related Areas

Established in 1979 by the will of the late Aurelia B. Walford, this scholarship is awarded to majors in Art History, Studio Art, or Historic Preservation who have stated architecture-related career goals. The scholarship may be put toward tuition and fee charges of credit-awarding study abroad or off-campus domestic programs or courses (affiliated with UMW) that focus on architectural issues (architectural history, design, and historic preservation, including archaeology) during the summer session (as can be charged to the recipient’s student account). Credit-awarding individual studies, internships, or special studies affiliated with UMW may also qualify for grant assistance. Non-UMW programs and courses do not qualify, even if the credit later transfers to a student’s program.

Eligibility: Majors in Art History, Studio Art, and Historic Preservation are eligible and must have earned at least 60 academic credits and have a 3.2 minimum GPA in the major and a 3.0 minimum GPA in the overall degree program. Additionally, applicants must have attended University of Mary Washington at least one academic year prior to application and have plans to pursue advanced study in architecture or architectural history or to seek employment in a related field.

Selection: The Departments of Art & Art History and Historic Preservation will select the recipient of the J.B. Walford Travel scholarship. Reviewers will focus on clear prose and statement of intention, accuracy of information, good writing skills, and quality of work (if a portfolio is submitted).