Scholarship Opportunities

Effective Fall semester, 2015

Southwest University of Visual Arts administers a number of scholarships for both entering and continuing students.

All Southwest University of Visual Arts Scholarships are awarded on a first-come-first serve basis to Bachelor of Arts degree seeking students. All applicants must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Scholarships will be awarded in the form of a tuition credit, not cash, and are applied each semester towards a student’s tuition and fees. Scholarships may not create a credit disbursed in cash to student.

Students must maintain individual scholarship requirements to continue receiving disbursements. Please refer to individual requirements below.

Scholarship applications are available in the administrative office.

Board of Trustees Scholarship

The Board of Trustees Scholarship is awarded to incoming students who have demonstrated exemplary academic achievement. Scholarships will be awarded in the form of a tuition credit, not cash, and are applied each semester towards a student’s tuition and fees. Students receiving this scholarship will receive up to $1,000, $1,500 or $2,000, per semester, pending they meet the following minimum requirements: Scholarships cannot exceed tuition charges. SUVA Scholarships are a tuition credit and are limited to the amount of tuition the student owes. Scholarships cannot create a credit disbursed to the student or on the student’s behalf.

Students must meet ONE of the following requirements:

  • ACT Score of 21 or above
  • SAT Score of 1060 or above (2 part SAT Scoring system)
  • SAT Score of 1590 or above (3 part SAT Scoring system)
  • Completion of an International Baccalaureate diploma program

To remain eligible for the Board of Trustees Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria.

  • Completion of a minimum of 24 credits per 2 semesters of attendance
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above on a 4.0 scale


Transfer Student Scholarship

Annual Scholarships may be awarded to a limited number of transfer students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, outstanding leadership potential, involvement with community service, and documentation of extracurricular activities, honors, and awards. Students receiving this scholarship may receive up to $1,000, $1,500 or $2,000, per semester, pending they meet the following minimum requirements: Scholarships cannot exceed tuition charges. SUVA Scholarships are a tuition credit and are limited by the amount of tuition balance the student owes. Scholarships cannot create a credit disbursed to the student or on the student’s behalf.

To remain eligible for the Transfer Student Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • 30 credit hours of college level coursework
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of a minimum of 24 credits per 2 semesters of attendance
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above on a 4.0 scale


Continuing Student Scholarship

Annual Scholarships may be awarded to current students who have shown high academic achievement. Each student must complete a minimum of 29 credits at Southwest University of Visual Arts prior to applying for a Continuing Student scholarship. Students receiving this scholarship may receive up to $1,000 to $2,000 per semester. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet the following minimum requirements: Scholarships cannot exceed tuition charges. SUVA Scholarships are a tuition credit and are limited by the amount of tuition balance the student owes. Scholarships cannot create a credit disbursed to the student or on the student’s behalf.

To remain eligible for the Continuing Student Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours per 2 semesters of attendance. If a student withdraws from a class at any time during the semester, thus reducing their course load to less than full-time, they may lose their scholarship that semester and may possibly create a balance due on their account. Students that are experiencing difficulties with their class schedule are encouraged to meet with Student Services prior to withdrawing from a course.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities, involvement with community service and demonstration of exemplary leadership.
  • Applicants must obtain two letters of recommendation from current instructors.


Creative Vision Scholarship

This Creative Vision Scholarship Program is an effort to recognize and encourage students who demonstrate they are academically competitive, exhibit special talents or characteristics, the ability to overcome obstacles, and demonstrate financial need. This Creative Vision Scholarship Program gives priority to those who come from middle-income families and are often ineligible for federal and state grants. Students receiving this scholarship may receive up to $250-$1,000 per semester. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet the following minimum requirements: Scholarships cannot exceed tuition charges. SUVA Scholarships are a tuition credit and are limited to the amount of tuition the student owes. Scholarships may not create a credit disbursed to the student or on the student’s behalf.

To remain eligible for the Creative Vision Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours per 2 terms of attendance.
  • Provide a written statement explaining how you demonstrate the requirements of the Creative Vision Scholarship Program.
  • Must have an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) between $1,001-$5000 to maintain eligibility.

Community Scholarship

Southwest University of Visual Arts Community Scholarship benefits both the student and the local community. Artists and Designers are encouraged to pursue higher education in their own community and also give back through pro-bono work, volunteering or community service projects. Scholarships are awarded to a limited number of students each semester up to 5 per program per campus. Students receiving this scholarship receive between $500, $750, and $1,000 per semester. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet the following minimum requirements: Scholarships cannot exceed tuition charges. SUVA Scholarships are a tuition credit and are limited by the amount of tuition balance the student owes. Scholarships cannot create a credit disbursed to the student or on the student’s behalf.

To remain eligible for the Community Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be a full-time student with 12 credit hours or more.
  • Student attending the Tucson Campus must be an Arizona resident for at least 2 years.
  • Student attending the Albuquerque Campus must be a New Mexico resident for at least 2 years.
  • Student must commit to participate in one community or pro-bono project through the college OR a minimum of 10 hours of community service each semester.

Students can receive details and information on community service projects through the Student Services Office. Students eligible for current Southwest University of Visual Arts Scholarships can receive the Community Scholarship in addition to other awards.



Other Scholarship Resources

Don’t overlook one of the best sources of scholarships – your community. Think about all the groups, clubs, businesses and organizations in your community. Each of these is a potential source for scholarships. Below is a list of web sites that you may also find useful in your pursuit of scholarships:

• www.scholarships.com
• www.fastweb.com
• www.finaid.org
• www.collegeboard.org
• www.collegeanswer.com
• www.college-scholarships.com
• www.gocollege.com