Senior Prize Application

Each year outstanding seniors in the College of Fine Arts are recognized through the Donald McRae (former CFA Dean) award for the Outstanding Senior.  One outstanding senior from each department/program is selected who will then compete for the Donald McRae award.  The award is commonly referred to as the Senior Prize.

Completed applications and supporting documents must be received no later than Friday, March 22, at 5:00 p.m.

Eligibility: Students who have graduated or are a pending graduate in the current academic year (summer 2023, fall 2023, and spring 2024) and have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average are eligible to apply.  Eligible students are notified via email inviting them to apply for the Senior Prize.

Awards:  There are five awards including four outstanding departmental recipients and the College of Fine Arts McRae recipient.  Each student receives a monetary award and a plaque.  Additionally, the McRae recipient’s name is inscribed on a plaque with the previous award recipients and is displayed in the CFA Advisement Center in perpetuity.

Application:  The Senior Prize application is an online process using the form found on this page. All fields on the form are required. Students MUST submit an unofficial copy of their UNM transcript as a PDF. Failure to follow instructions may cause your application to be marked incomplete and excluded from consideration.

The outstanding seniors will be recognized at the spring 2024 CFA Convocation and the McRae award recipient will be announced at that time.

You may contact the CFA Advisement Center with questions or concerns: or (505) 277-4817.

    *All fields are required.

    List your contributions to the arts while a student at UNM. (This may include such activities as performances, exhibitions, research, creative work, etc.)

    List the services you have performed for your department, college and/or the university.

    List any scholarships, awards, and/or prizes you have received while at UNM.

    In one or two paragraphs, describe the ways in which you expect your education and experiences as a fine arts major will affect you in the future.

    You must attach a copy of your unofficial UNM Transcript (PDF ONLY):

    How to Apply

    • All students must be admitted to the University, whether as an incoming freshman, transfer student, or non-degree student. Apply online through the Admissions Department at UNM

    •After meeting all CFA admission requirements, students must apply to become a declared major.

    Academic Advisement

    The College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center is committed to serve the UNM community with compassion, guidance, and respect as we promote academic excellence.

    To speak with a CFA advisor, please call (505) 277-4817.