Fine Arts Scholarships

The scholarship application is now closed. Check back in January 2021.

Your official application must be submitted through the form. All fields on the form are required unless otherwise indicated; additionally, there are required supplemental materials and documents which MUST be provided by the deadline. Any supplemental materials and documents MUST be submitted as a PDF. Failure to follow instructions may cause your application to be marked incomplete and excluded from consideration for the 2020-2021 CFA Scholarship awards.

Students wishing to make any changes to their official packet may do so before the April 5, 2020 deadline, however, you will need to re-submit the COMPLETE application packet, as we will not accept corrected documents as individual email attachments. (If two or more submissions are received from the same student, the most recent will be counted as the official application.) Most students choose to submit their application well in advance of the deadline for this reason.

 You can contact the CFA Student Success & Advisement Center at any time before the deadline with questions or concerns: or 505-277-4817. If you would like more in-depth help in preparing for this or other opportunities that may help fund your education or work as an artist/performer, we would further recommend getting in touch with Marty Apodaca, Career Development Facilitator. From figuring out how to begin to putting the final polish on your resume, letter of application, or online website or portfolio, this is the best way of getting comprehensive help with your submission.

Supporting Documents / Links
  1. With Application: Student Letter of Application– REQUIRED – This is a personal statement which includes your reasons for applying, educational goals, and plans for the future. If you wish to be considered for need-based as well as merit-based scholarship options, you may want to address your financial circumstances in your letter of application IN ADDITION to submitting your official award letter as outlined below under item 4. Please note that you must follow standard letter format; please include a header with your name, contact info, etc.
    (2 page maximum)
  2. With Application: Professional Resume– REQUIRED – This is a standard resume containing education, work experience, and personal/professional achievements. Please note that you must follow standard resume format; please include your name, contact info, etc.
    (2 page maximum)
  3. With Application: Official Award Letter from UNM Office of Financial Aid – OPTIONAL – Students wishing to be considered for need-based scholarships are asked to provide a copy of the official awards letter extended by UNM’s Office of Financial Aid, indicating the student’s level of financial need.
  4. From Faculty: Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

Student Instructions: Please note that it is now SOLEY the student applicant’s responsibility to contact faculty and request a letter of recommendation in accordance with the guidelines below. Our office will no longer be contacting faculty on your behalf to request the letters, as in previous years. When submitting the official application, you must provide the names and official UNM email addresses of the two faculty members who’ve agreed to submit a letter of recommendation in support of your application. At least one (1) of your faculty references MUST be associated with the College of Fine Arts department that will be granting your degree. Your second reference can be interdisciplinary/from any department at UNM, but they should still be able to provide relevant insight into your abilities or experience as a performer and/or artist. Please also note that we will NOT accept letters of recommendation forwarded from student email accounts. Faculty letters are due by March 22, 2020; please reach out to possible references as early as you can to ensure they will be able to schedule a time to create your letter.

Faculty must submit the letters of recommendation directly to with your name in the Subject Line. The letter should include your first and last name with UNM Student ID#. Late letters render the application incomplete and thus will not be considered.

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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.