How to Become a Linehan Artist Scholar

Important Deadlines

Fall Admission
Complete the Common App
Priority Deadline: November 1 -Linehan Artist Scholars are encouraged to apply by this Priority Deadline
Regular Decision: February 1

Linehan Artist Scholars Program Application
Application Materials Due: January 15

Honors College check the box on your Scholars Program application
Priority Deadline: November 1
Regular Decision: February 1

Financial Aid
Priority Deadline for FAFSA: March 1


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, audition or portfolio, and achievement in the arts. Ready to Prepare for your Creative Career? Request more information or use Contact info in left column of this page.

For best consideration, prospective students (scholarship is open to freshmen only) must first apply for admission to UMBC (submit a Common Application, high school transcript and optional standardized test scores and recommendations) by the Early Action deadline of November 1st, clearly indicating a major in Dance, Music, Theatre or Visual Arts. Upon receipt of your UMBC campus ID continue with steps listed below.
Important: Once you apply to UMBC, we will communicate with you through your new UMBC email address.

      Visual Arts

Linehan application

  • January 15, 2023


  • February 3, 2023  Portfolio due
  • February 4, 2023 Auditions. Contact Theatre department directly to register for audition appointment. 



  • October 15, 2022 or January 6, 2023 Pre-screen deadlines
  • November 5, 2022 or Friday, January 27 & Saturday, January 28, 2023   Invited Applicants must attend one of these audition dates

May 1, 2023 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

Mid-February 2023 Linehan Artist Scholar candidates will be invited to Scholar Selection Day for final consideration.
Mid-March 2023 Linehan Artist Scholar Award decisions will be announced

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.