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Art Scholarship

How does a student become eligible for an Art Scholarship?

All applicants must complete the application process, do well on the Entrance/Scholarship Exam and have notified us that they are interested in presenting an art portfolio.

If a student is eligible, how does she set-up an appointment for an interview with the art teacher?

Each student will be contacted if they qualify and must schedule an appointment to present her portfolio to the art teacher. Appointments are scheduled by the Admissions Office at 215-646-8815 ext. 306.

When are the portfolios due and when do the appointments take place?

Each student’s portfolio is due the day of her interview with the art teacher, Mrs. Lisa Hohenstein. The portfolio review takes place in November.


What should be included in each student's portfolio?

Each student should submit an art portfolio containing eight works of art. Seven of the eight artworks may be of any medium and subject. However, students should keep in mind that they should represent their skills with as many different media as possible and should include their best work. One of the eight artworks must be a self-portrait pencil drawing. An example art portfolio might contain the following:

  • Self-portrait pencil drawing (mandatory),
  • Still-life color pencil drawing
  • Landscape acrylic painting
  • Water color painting
  • Mixed media abstract collage
  • Ceramic sculpture or pottery
  • A domestic craft project such as knitting, sewing, quilting, etc.
  • Printmaking
  • Photography

The winner of this year’s scholarship will be notified by phone. The remaining candidates will be notified by letter.

Is the Art Scholarship for all four years?

ALL scholarships at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School are renewable based on the student's performance.

The recipient of the Art Scholarship is required to do the following:

  • Take Art as a major elective course in grades 10, 11, and 12
  • Be an active member in Art Club (regular attendance required) This involves becoming an officer for Art Club.
  • Be an active member in Stage Crew (regular attendance required) This involves assisting with the set design, construction, and painting for the school musical production each year. It also involves working back stage during performances with set changes, and possibly lights and sound.
  • Help with the general running of the art program (assist Mrs. Hohenstein with bulletin boards and maintaining the art room)
  • Complete a major art work to be displayed in the Spring Arts Festival (this project is above and beyond regularly assigned class projects)
  • Be a leader and a role model for peers in art class