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How to Become a Linehan Artist Scholar

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 and achievement in the arts.

For best consideration, prospective students (scholarship is available to freshmen only) are advised 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. It is recommended you use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome when filling out any UMBC application forms. 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, Freshmen applicants must complete then the Linehan application.

Applicants in the Visual Arts must submit their portfolios on-line by January 15th. For more information, instructions for Visual Arts applicants may be found at the following link: Visual Arts Admissions & Portfolio Process.

Dance and Theatre  applicants must attend an audition on Saturday January 25, 2020 and must contact those departments directly to register for their audition appointments.

Music applicants must attend one of the following audition dates – Saturday, November 9, 2019, Friday and Saturday, February 7 and 8, 2020 and must contact the department directly to register for their audition appointment.

Details can be found on each department’s application page whose links are contained in the department’s name above or through the links on the Linehan Artist Scholars homepage. (scroll down to the Linehan Artist Majors righthand side-bar.)

Linehan Artist Scholar candidates will be invited to campus for Scholar Selection Day, held in held February 22, 2020 for final consideration. Award decisions will be announced in mid-March.

Linehan Artist Scholar applicants are encouraged to apply by the university’s early action deadline of November 1.

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.

Application for Undergraduate Admission

For more information and Linehan Artist Scholars application please visit:

UMBC Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships