How to Become a Linehan Artist Scholar

Important Deadlines

Fall Admission
Priority Deadline: November 1*
Regular Decision: February 1

Linehan Artist Scholars Program Application
Application Materials Due: January 15

Honors College
Priority Deadline: November 1
Regular Decision: February 1

Financial Aid
Priority Deadline for FAFSA: February 14

*Linehan Artist Scholars are encouraged to apply by this Priority Deadline

The Linehan Artist Scholars Program supports students who distinguish themselves both academically and artistically. The arts departments and Selection Committee evaluate students on academic excellence, grade point average, standardized test scores, audition or portfolio, and achievement in the arts. Ready to Prepare for your Creative Career? Request more information.

For best consideration, prospective students (scholarship is available to freshmen only) are advised to apply for admission to UMBC (submit a Common Application, high school transcript and standardized test scores) by the early action deadline of November 1st, clearly indicating a major in Dance, Music, Theatre or Visual Arts.

The application and all supplemental materials must be received by January 15th.

HOW to Apply for the Linehan Artist Scholars Program.

  • Using your campus ID that you received after completing the Common Application, applicants must also complete the Linehan application
  • Applicants in the Visual Arts must submit their portfolios on or before January 8th. For submission instructions and more information use this link: Visual Arts Admissions & Portfolio Process.
  • Dance and Theatre  applicants must contact those departments directly to register for their audition appointments.
  • Music applicants must attend one of the following audition dates –
    Friday, January 22, 2021 & Saturday, January 23, 2021 (Departmental Scholarship and Regular Audition) Pre-screen deadline: Friday, January 8, 2021
  • Freshmen scholars who wish to live in the Visual and Performing Arts Living-Learning Community (commonly called the VPA LLC) must apply through Residential Life by May 1st.

Linehan Artist Scholar candidates will be invited to a virtual Scholar Selection Day, held mid – February 2021 for final consideration. Award decisions will be announced in mid-March.

Linehan Artist Scholars receive four-year scholarships ranging from $5,000 – $15,000 per academic year for in-state students, and from $10,000 – $22,000 per academic year for out-of-state students, to assist in covering tuition, mandatory fees, and other expenses. Out-of-state students are encouraged to apply.